THE GREAT ROUTE OF FILM BY ANDALUSIA
Game of Thrones

 

Andalusia has been a filming location for seasons 5, 6 and 7 of the TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, produced by the American network HBO and based on the literary saga by George R.R. Martin ‘Song of Ice and Fire’. This TV blockbuster, with millions of followers around the world, has become a global hit which has internationally showcased the filming locations of Seville, Córdoba and Almería. The fantasy kingdoms of Dorne, Mereen, the Dothraki land, Highgarden and King’s Landing have become real on Andalusian lands to relate the fight for the Iron Throne among the Lannisters, the Starks, the Targaryens and the rest of Westero’s Houses.

 

Production: HBO
Creative and executive producers: David Benioff y Dan B. Weiss

Based on ‘Song of Ice and Fire’, by George R.R. Martin


Route for a vacation

Words of the Producer...

 

“Seville is a wonderful city in a wonderful country. When you see what surrounds us it is as if it had been designed for us by someone very kind many years ago. It looks like he was waiting for us to get going. We could not have afforded something like that. Thanks to Carlos V or anyone to build it for us”.

Dan Weiss

Movie Locations
Landscape El Chorrillo
Almería

Located very close to the capital city, 15,5 kilometres and about 20 minutes by car, you can find this spectacular place that has become the most demanded shooting location as a...

Almodóvar del Río castle
Córdoba

The Castillo de Almodóvar del Río castle, which receives thousands of visits each year, held a significant strategic importance as it was situated on a hill 827 feet above sea...

Archaeological ensemble of Itálica
Sevilla

Itálica is a Roman city founded in year 206 b. C. which actually extended to a 128-acre area and had a significant strategic importance not only on political and economic levels,...

Reales Atarazanas
Sevilla

The old shipyards in the city of Seville were built in the 13th century by Alphonso X in the Arenal quarter, from where a vast terrace extended as far as the river. The Atarazanas...

Mesa Roldán
Almería

Right in the centre of Cabo de Gata, halfway between Agua Amarga (Níjar) and the Playa de los Muertos beach (Carboneras), you can find the Tower of Mesa Roldán, which, according...

El Chorrillo, Pechina
Almería

This landscape in Pechina, situated at the foot of Baños de Sierra Alhamilla, has become, due to its peculiarity, a recurring set for a great number of films and advertising...

Alcazaba of Almería
Almería

This breathtaking monumental complex is the largest Arab construction in Spain. The Alcazaba we know today started construction in the 10th century and is currently the main...

Bullring of Osuna
Sevilla

Built in the beginning of the 20th century, it has a peculiar aspect due to the materials which were used to construct it: the ashlars of the ancient Roman wall of the city. It...

Roman Bridge
Córdoba

The popularly known ‘Puente viejo’ (Old bridge) was built in the 1st century AD, is 331 metres high and has 16 arches which connect both shores of the Guadalquivir river....

Tabernas desert
Almería

Located only 19 miles away from the capital of Almería, this protected Nature Reserve with a surface of 108 square miles, is one of the most portraited landscapes in films,...

Reales Alcázares of Seville
Sevilla

This Mudejar monumental complex is the most important civil building in Seville and one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Residence of Muslim and Christian kings such...

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Anecdotes
The show’s producers have admitted that the palace known as Alcázar de Sevilla was so close to what they envisaged that no digital retouching was necessary, which makes it the only location shown in HBO’s production as it is.
For the shooting of season 6 in El Chorrillo, in Sierra Alhamilla, Pechina (Almería), the producers reused some of the sets built for shooting ‘Exodus’, by Ridley Scott, starring Christian Bale.
The costume design team carried out between 50 and 60 daily trials for the shooting of season 5 in Osuna (Sevilla), where a difficult scene requiring hundreds of extras was shot.  
More than 85,000 people applied for the extras casting call for the shooting of season 5 in Seville and Osuna. Finally, the production company selected 2,500 of them, out of which only 500 participated in the shooting and were paid 50 Euros per day of shooting.
The author of the books on which the show is based, George R.R. Martin, visited Spain and Andalusia in the nineties while he was still writing the first novels of the saga. In some interviews, Martin has admitted that the kingdom of Dorne is influenced by our country and our customs.
The actors who visited Seville during the shooting of season 7 attended a Sevilla FC football match as honour guests in the VIP box of the Sánchez Pizjuán stadium. All of them received a jersey with their name on the back as a gift from the Club.
During the shooting of season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' in Seville, the cast stayed at Hotel Alfonso XIII, where dozens of followers gathered every day at its doors. They spent so many hours stationed there that one night the actors themselves ordered some pizzas which they personally delivered to the fans, of course making Game-of-Thrones ‘addicts’ go crazy.
All the modern elements of the interior and exterior embellishment of the Alcázar de Sevilla were meticulously covered, but the team left the coat of arms of House Martell forgotten in one of the garden arches, which covered the original coat of arms of Charles V. They also forgot to remove the plastic oranges they hung from the trees.
Most of the show’s actors who have shot in Andalusia have emphasised the effusiveness and affection of Spanish fans. Some of them even publicly admitted to being afraid of how they always wanted to hug them, though the cast eventually got used to it. Indeed, social media was flooded with pictures of the actors with followers of the show in bars, restaurants, cinemas or on the streets.
During the shooting of season 6 in Seville, the Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays Gregor Clegane (The Mountain), asked his Twitter followers to recommend a gym close to his hotel in order to keep training after the shooting. He did not mind posting pictures with some of them during the training sessions afterwards.
In his first visit to Seville, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor playing Jaime Lannister, arrived kind of lost at one of the shooting sessions in the Alcázar de Sevilla. The Danish tried to come in through the back door and the guard, who did not recognise him, made him go to the main entrance just like any other tourist.
The first time the producers of the show visited the Alcázar de Sevilla it was raining so much that they almost ruled it out as a location. Thanks to their flight delay, they were able to visit it on a sunny day and were persuaded that it was what they were looking for.
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) turned 28 during the shooting of the fifth season in Osuna. For this reason, a local patisserie surprised the actress with a huge cake decorated with the coat of arms of House Targaryen, and the entire crew and hundreds of extras sang Happy Birthday to her in Spanish and English.