Spectacular Locations in Catalonia Appearing in Hit TV Shows
Catalonia has an extremely varied geography and its landscape is peppered with charming towns and spectacular locales. In the last few years this has made the region extremely attractive for filming some of the most important shows of the decade. In this blog we cover some of the locations that have caught the eye of these top level productions.
Game of Thrones
One of the most popular TV series of all time, “Game of Thrones,” was filmed extensively in Spain. Although the earlier seasons were mainly filmed in Northern Ireland and Croatia, the Iberian nation became the featured location after Season 5. Many of the award-winning show’s filming locations can be found in Catalonia specifically.
Castell de Santa Florentina
The Castle of Santa Florentina is an 11th-century medieval castle found in Canet de Mar, which is 50 kilometers from Barcelona. The cultural heritage monument starred in the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” as the home of House Tarly. The castle can be visited by appointment only.
The stunning Girona Cathedral is prominently featured in the 5th and 6th season of “Game of Thrones.” This 11th-century Roman Catholic church houses the widest Gothic nave in the world. In the hit series, the gothic cathedral was used as the Great Sept of Baelor, the religious center in King’s Landing. Cersei Lannister’s walk of shame, one of the most iconic scenes of the series, was filmed on the steps of the cathedral. Another one of the show’s most memorable scenes is the destruction of the Sept in Season 6, where Cersei incinerates the building with wildfire.
Girona Old Town
Girona is known for its well-preserved medieval quarter making it a popular destination for film productions and tourism. The ancient city center can be seen in Season 6 of “Game of Thrones” where it doubles as the Free City of Essos. In a climactic scene Arya Stark is chased by the Waif through the cobblestone streets and onto the steps of Girona’s Sant Marti convent. This scene was filmed in the incredibly well-preserved 12-century Arab baths of Girona.
The critically acclaimed science fiction-thriller series “Westworld” featured several locations throughout Spain. Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences doubled as the real world that has a futuristic aesthetic whereas Catalonia was used in Season 3 to depict the theme park set in World War II.
The Medieval town of Besalú was used in the third season of the HBO hit series to portray a fantasy world set in World War II. In the show, the city hall square doubles as an Italian town that has been occupied by Nazis.
Casa-taller de Ricardo Bofill
Sant Just Desvern is a small town close to Barcelona where the famed post-modernist architect Ricardo Bofill turned an abandoned 19th century cement factory into his studio and personal residency. The strikingly unique location was featured in “Westworld” as the mansion of antagonist Engerraund Serac, played by Vincent Cassel.
“Killing Eve” is a spy thriller produced by BBC about Eve Polstri; a British intelligence officer that is hunting down an assassin known by the codename Villanelle. The protagonist of the award-winning show settles in Barcelona in the third season.
In the show, Villanelle carries out her first assignment in the streets of Girona. This was all actually filmed in Carrer Mònec in El Born. In episode 2 the protagonist can be seen in El Born at San Agustí Vell Square having a drink on the terrace of Joanet Bar. Villanelle also appears in the charming neighborhood in episode 4 where she is walking down the Paseo del Born looking at clothing stores.
This grouping of stunning modernist buildings in plaza de Lesseps doubles as Villanelle’s apartment in Barcelona. The location was also used in Pedro Almodovar’s oscar-winning film “All About my Mother” where Penelope Cruz’s wealthy parents live.
Arc de Triomf
In episode 2 of season 3 the assassin Vilanelle is shown walking down Carrer Sant Pere Més Baix in el Barrio Gotico. Following this scene the protagonist is walking on Paseo Lluís Companys through the Arc de Triomf.
Hanna is an American action television series written by David Farr about a remarkable young girl fleeing from the unrelenting pursuit of the CIA. The show is set in a variety of locations all over Europe including countries like: Hungary, Spain, Slovakia, UK and Germany. Barcelona and its many picturesque locations were prominently featured in the Prime Video series.
The Ciutat Vella (Old City) is a renowned district in Barcelona that houses the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It is one of the many landmarks featured in “Hanna.” It is considered the city center and is made up of el Raval, Barri Gotic, el Born and la Barceloneta. Some of the most recognizable locations in Barcelona can be found here like: La Rambla, Plaça Catalunya, The Cathedral of Barcelona, Plaça Reial, la Boqueria and Plaça del Pi.
Located in the famed Barrio Gotico, Plaça Reial (Royal Plaza) is a beautiful porticoed square built in the late 19th century. The charming plaza has a central fountain and two lamp posts designed by Antoni Gaudi. The protagonist can be seen during Season 2 walking through the majestic square.
Hotel Ohla is a luxury hotel that is located on Via Laietana. The rooftop swimming pool can be seen in Season 2 episode 6 where Sandy and Kat are sunbathing poolside.