BySergio Andres Prieto, writer at Creators.co
Writer/creator and avid video gamer.
Sergio Andres Prieto

HBO's hit fantasy series, Game of Thrones, is looking towards Spain as another potential setting for at least part of season five. More specifically, the makers of the hugely popular TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin's book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, are scouting the Andalucia region of Spain. Talks have commenced with the local film commission as well.

From what I have seen and read online, the Andalucia region is both very large and very beautiful. In fact, it is the most populous and the second largest in area of the autonomous communities in Spain. The region has become one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in its country, but in all of Europe. It is full of nice, sandy beaches, amazing mountain ranges and great historical sites. Therefore, the Andalucia region of Spain seems to be an ideal location to film scenes for 'GoT.'

In case you did not know, the region (which contains eight provinces) is situated in the southernmost area of Spain, stretching from the southeast to the southwest of the nation:


  Population: 7 million
Population: 7 million

As for the region's beautiful sites, here are a few:

Alhambra in Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Alhambra in Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Andalucian town of Mijas
Andalucian town of Mijas
Beach in Bolonia, Càdiz, Andalucia
Beach in Bolonia, Càdiz, Andalucia
View of the hills near Huescar, in Granada
View of the hills near Huescar, in Granada

If everything goes according to plan, Spain would mark the seventh country where 'GoT' has shot on location. The show's main filming location is at Titanic Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In seasons past, the show has ventured elsewhere, such as Croatia (mostly for scenes in King's Landing), Iceland (mostly for scenes beyond the Wall), and in Morocco and Malta (Slaver's Bay cities in Essos, across the Narrow Sea).

As for what exactly Spain will depict from the novels, that is currently unknown. My guess is that the Andalucia region could be used to introduce us to the southernmost locales of Westeros, like Dorne perhaps. Since the region is expansive, maybe some enhanced battle scenes could be shot in Andalucia also. Or, maybe its beaches and vast countryside could depict new, unexplored areas across the Narrow Sea, assuming the "Mother of Dragons" herself, Queen Dany of House Targaryen, decides to conquer more cities in Essos. Whatever the case, it certainly sounds like season five will be very interesting to watch.

The aforementioned fifth season of 'GoT' is set to begin production this summer.

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[Sources: EW, Wikipedia, Andalucia]

[Images from: IGN, Time and Date, Travel 55, Spain for Pleasure, Financial Times, Travel Tipoffs]


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