Iceland will re-appear, for landscape shots, and several locations in Croatia and Northern Ireland. However, the inclusion of the new destination of Spain, to represent Dorne, can only further boost tourism to the south of the country; such is the show’s international popularity.
The search for locations for the award winning US HBO series, which attracts record numbers of viewers, began in Spain during March 2014, with production representatives visiting the outstanding Alcázar in Seville.
Visits have also been made to nearby historic Osuna with its antique bull ring, 17th century university, church and old quarries, the ’Canteras’. US Variety magazine reported that Fresco Film Services will provide production services in Spain and the Andalusia Film Commission, Seville Film Office and Osuna Film Office will be supporting filming.
Fresco Film Services, with offices in Malaga, Barcelona and Lisbon, posted on its Facebook that it received 10,000 enquiries from wannabe extras within 24 hours when it put out a call.
Seville’s Alcázar, a royal palace and originally a Moorish fort with courtyard and sunken gardens, is expected to be transformed into the Water Gardens of Dorne, and Osuna’s bullring could become Daznak’s Pit, the main fighting arena. Programme makers HBO have hinted Osuna’s most celebrated landmark: its university, which is of Italian Renaissance design with cylindrical spires, may also feature. The series is likely to premiere in spring 2015.
For guests holidaying at Club La Costa World on the Costa del Sol, Seville can be reached by car in under 2.5 hours and is a ‘must see’ city. Osuna, en route to Seville, takes about 1.5 hours to drive to. While not on the regular tourist beat, it is a somewhat mysterious and impressive place. With so many well preserved historic buildings and Moorish influenced architecture, it is easy to see why both city and town are on the list of locations – see them soon and you just never know who, or what, you may run into!
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