Season after season ‘The Lannisters always pay their debts.’ Many people on reading these words will already have a good idea of what we're talking about. Yes, one of the most famous series in recent years, ‘Game of Thrones.’ For the uninitiated, ‘Game of Thrones’ is a story set in an imaginary continent where several royal houses vie for power by means of intrigue and betrayal.

This successful series has filmed many locations around the world, including Spain. We encourage you to watch this video about the sixth season of ‘Game of Thrones’ with images from the shooting in Girona, Bardenas Reales de Navarra, the Castle of Zafra (in Guadalajara), Peñíscola and Almería.

Sixth season: In the kingdoms of the north

Fans of the medieval fantasy, drama and adventures featured in this televised adaptation of the novel ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R. R. Martin will be pleased to hear that in the sixth season there are several Spanish locations that receive “visits” from its main characters.These include: Gerona (Catalonia). This was the first city chosen by the American cable channel HBO as a location for the sixth season of Game of Thrones. The action takes place in the cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and the Arab Baths.Also in Catalonia, the Castle of Santa Florentina (in Canet de Mar, Barcelona) has been chosen to film some of the battle scenes in the season’s final episodes. It was chosen because of its resemblance to one the main kingdoms, which, incidentally, is now being seen for the first time in the saga.Bardenas Reales Natural Park (Navarre), particularly known for its striking desert beauty and rock formations, has also been selected as a location for the series. Its atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for Queen Daenerys Targaryen as she rides through these lands on horseback.But that’s not all; the Castle of Zafra (Guadalajara), known as the fortress of “Spanish Siberia”, has also been selected to appear in the series. Locals claim that series directors took advantage of the shoot to enjoy the area with their families and friends, impressed as they were by its natural beauty. Its exterior will be a location for some of the most surprising episodes of the long-awaited sixth season.Game of Thrones producers were wowed not only by Zafra but also by the Castle of Peñíscola (Valencia), which will be used for landscape shots in the kingdom of Dorne. This kingdom was also shot in Spain for the fifth season, specifically in Seville and Cordoba. But read on, we are going to remind you of more scenes from the fifth season that were filmed in Spain.  

The fifth season in Andalusian territory

Spain had already caught the eye of the directors of the fifth season of the series on the lookout for exteriors. Osuna and Seville (in Andalusia in southern Spain) were among the locations. This is where they filmed the main characters of Lord Tywin, Queen Khaleesi and Jaime Lannister. And why were Seville and Osuna chosen? Because one the lands conjured up from the imagination of George R. R. Martin (the author of the books on which the series is based) is the hot and mountainous region of Dorne, which apparently perfectly matches these Andalusian landscapes.Locations in Seville, Osuna and CordobaThe Real Alcázar palace in Seville, with its spectacular gardens, was one of the main settings for filming, and ideal for recreating the residence of Casa Martell in Dorne. This monument has been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO and is one of the oldest active palaces in the world. It has been used by a number of cultures since the 11th century, and now it has even played a role in the world of fiction. If you decide to come and see for yourself, remember that in addition to normal visits you can also enjoy dramatised visits by night.Osuna is a little over 80 kilometres from Seville. Strolling around this ducal town with centuries of antiquity and seeing its white houses, palaces, bullring, university and collegiate church is a real delight. Some of these buildings served as locations for the series. For example, the bullring in Osuna was the setting for the incredible scenes of the fights presided by Daenerys Targaryen in Meereen.The technical team of “Game of Thrones” also shot scenes in the Andalusian city of Cordoba, specifically on its Roman Bridge, which could easily be imagined to be Volantis.Do you fancy being part of the universe of the Seven Kingdoms?Interesting facts During the shooting of the fifth season, over 500 extras selected in a casting held in Osuna participated. Around 85,000 people applied.Osuna welcomed this initiative wholeheartedly, and now even has a number of bars and restaurants that serve tapas with the name of the characters in the series.The city of Seville has been featured in other famous movies. For example, its beautiful Plaza de España appeared in ‘Star Wars: Attack of the clones’. Another curious fact is that the casting directors for the sixth season were looking for several babies between 9 and 12 months, as well as children between 8 and 14 years, making the most recent casting one of the youngest in the history of the series.

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