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Barcelona one of Europe’s most eclectic cities, has proven to be an appealing city for the movie industry. Her energy and dynamism is felt everywhere, always on the move and constantly reinventing itself. Barcelona offers an unparalleled mixture of architecture styles, from modernist, to Romanesque, Gothic and medieval architecture found in its Gothic Quarter. The city’s promenades Las Ramblas Boulevard, lined with outdoor cafes, restaurants, shops and the elegant Paseo da Gracia Avenue are a favorite of visitors, and have served as backdrop for movies many times over.
Gaudi has endowed the city with his unique creations. Barcelona’s landmark La Sagrada Familia Basilica, Casa Baitlo or La Pedrera buildings are just a few of his wonderful creations. The imaginative Parc Guell is where director, Woody Allen chose to shoot scenes for his popular film Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona.
Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, was founded by the Romans in 138 BC as a retirement paradise for former Legionnaires. It’s known for year-around near perfect climate, magnificent white beaches, exuberant outdoor living, vivacious nightlife and spectacular fiestas. Once you leave Valencia’s beautiful historic quarter with its magnificent 13th century Cathedral and 15th century La Lonja Silk Exchange Building a Unesco Heritage Site, you pass through the medieval Torres de Serranos into one of the most modern, innovative cities in the world.
The impressive City of Arts and Sciences, features a series of impressive collection of futuristic buildings designed by native master architect Santiago de Calatrava. This is one of the many reasons why the City of Arts and Sciences was used during the filming of the movie Tomorrowland and HBO’s popular TV Series Westworld Season 3. Valencia, its historic sites, unique architecture and beautiful open spaces has always appealed to the movie industry.
Sevilla’s visitors have always fallen under the spell of its charms. The city has had this effect since it was home to Moors and Jews during their Gold Age. The Triana Gypsy Quarter and lively Barrio de Santa Cruz, the former Gypsy and Jewish Quarter are a must for visitors. These quarters are also known for authentic local Flamenco. Sevilla’s Cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture. Full of rich history, it houses the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and attached is La Giralda a former 7th century Moorish watchtower.
Nearby the impressive El Alcázar Royal Palace built by King Peter I the Cruel, in the 14th century and finished in the 17th century during King Charles V’s reign, offers magnificent Moorish intricate interiors and large gardens that have been used in films like Knight and Day and Mission impossible II. The magnificent Plaza de España built in the 1920’s for the International World Fair, features a selection of unique buildings decorated with tiles and ceramics. Plaza de España has also been a favorite location used during the filming of Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars Episode II.
This eclectic combination of three of Spain’s great cities is one of the many reasons why the film industry keeps coming back to Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla!
What does Hollywood and the Film Industry see in Spain? The same things we all see. Art. Culture. History. Architecture. Flamenco. Come to Spain and see for yourself.