The eagerly anticipated announcement that Game of Thrones fans have been awaiting has been made. The United States Ambassador to Spain, James Costos, has confirmed that Series 5 of the popular TV series will be filmed in Andalucía, Spain.
The Royal Alcázars in Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla), which is the oldest Royal palace in Europe, has been chosen as the main venue for the filming of Series 5 of the Game of Thrones. The Alcázar, originally a Moorish fortress, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and the palace is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. (Filming will take place from 14th – 22nd October 2014).
It has also been confirmed that filming will take place within the historic town of Osuna, in Seville province – the origins of which date back three thousand years.
Whilst the exact locations of all filming within Andalucía for the Water Gardens of Dorne is still being kept secret, it’s understood that the Alcázar of Córdoba, the Alhambra Palace in Granada and the Alcázar of Málaga have yet to be completely ruled out.
This is good news for Andalucía with a boost to the economy in the region of €80 million euros, creating around 900 permanent and 5000 temporary jobs, as well as a growth in tourism to the area.
EDITED TO ADD: The Spanish producer chosen by US TV network, HBO, for the filming of ‘Game of Thrones’, has just issued a casting call for Series 5. Interested persons should register with the following email address:
At this stage, specific characteristics for actors have not been announced – but hey – GO FOR IT!
Which location would be your choice? Would you like to be an extra in Game of Thrones?
The first season was filmed in Malta and l know there were problems due to environmental damage. The production left in a hurry from what l gather, let’s hope it works out in Andalucia.
OH my goodness – I hope that doesn’t happen. These buildings are much too precious.
Personally I think it’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand it’s a much needed boost to the economy but there is always the potential dangers involved, too.
Yes, let’s hope it doesn’t all end in tears.
I was hoping they’d film in Almeria so I could be an extra! Ah well, twas not meant to be! Fabulous series though. Can’t wait for the next season!
AAAwwwwww ….. they still film cowboy films in Almeria, don’t they, Natalie? You could always get the part of a cowgirl 😉
Thanks for your comment – and hard luck Almeria about the filming.
Yeah. I could be the new Calamity Jane!
Actually I’ve just added to the post that the Spanish director has issued a casting call – so if you want to apply ……? Email supplied.
That’s great news for the economy .. and you do have some amazing places to choose from … I love Seville and Granada , and have been many times but for me I love the simple and less known beauty of the Alcazar in Cordoba … but all the buildings you mention are amazing and special in their own way
Hi there – and thanks for taking the trouble to comment 🙂
I’ve spoken before of my love of the Alcazar in Cordoba – and, in my opinion, as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne, would be stunning. I LOVE wandering around those gardens and am fascinated by the statues of the Catholic Kings meeting Christopher Columbus 🙂
As you say, ALL very special places in their own way 🙂
I love your photo of Alcazaba, Cordoba, Spain, so simply from that – there is where I’d choose 🙂
Yes, that’s probably my favourite, too – but it would be good not to share that with TOO many people 🙂
Wow more of your beautiful country . I have to remember to watch !!!
I have to admit, I’ve never seen this programme, but will be interested to watch series 5 🙂
The basic plot is confusing to me as I only watch sporadically but the cinematography and costuming are just great!
I understand that the filming causes a bit of a nuisance in Dubrovnik!
I can imagine that, Andrew. These locations are busy at the best of times, so closures due to filming plus lots more tourists could make things a little hectic. The main thing is that no damage is done to the monuments 🙂
I’d be very cross though if I turned up to see the Alcazar of Seville and was told that it was closed for filming!
Me too – and I’m much closer than you!
I know only the Alhambra, the water gardens are beautiful, so a lovely setting. I must go to Seville and Cordoba as I have seen that they also are spectacular.
They all have their beauty, Robert. I’m pretty sure you would enjoy then all 🙂
I think the Alcazar Real in Sevilla was confirmed as the setting for the Water Gardens, at least that’s what I read on Huffington Post Spain yesterday. Again I was right, south of Spain will stand in for Dorne. 🙂
I read something similar, Amelie, but I also saw different reports that other locations were still in the running for filming. It’s good news for Andalucia, that’s for sure 🙂
Awesome! So looking forward to it! The Alhambra would be my pick.
They are ALL spectacular, Kan. Look forward to seeing what the producers do with them 🙂
Thanks for your comment.