Sometimes you don't need to leave home to travel. Thanks to the magic of the small screen, we can easily transport ourselves to other cities in an instant. Netflix is a specialist in providing us with incredible trips while we're stuck at home, and in recent years, this platform has made a firm commitment to using some Spanish cities as film sets for some of its most famous shows. It's time to get comfortable and check out our selection of the best Netflix series shot in Spain.
Money Heist or "La Casa de Papel" is the Spanish series that has hooked viewers across the planet, and follows a group of professional thieves who want to pull off the biggest money heist in history.
With the city of Madrid as its main setting, Money Heist is one of the most watched non-English-language series in the history of Netflix and throughout its plot you can recognise the following emblematic places in Madrid: Plaza de Callao, the Ministry of Development building which plays the role of the Bank of Spain, and the Spanish National Research Council which is used as the Royal Mint of Spain.
If you are also curious to discover what the rural estate is like where the popular gang spend time in order to give shape to their plan (the famous "casa de Toledo"), then you will be interested to know that it is called "El Gasco", and is located in Torrelodones, about 30 minutes from Madrid. You can even rent it for events and weddings!
The popular series of Élite also has Madrid as its backdrop. Centred on the lives of a group of teenagers, Elite was mostly shot on the campus of the European University of Madrid in Villaviciosa de Odón, taking on the role of Las Encinas School on screen, as well as several luxury areas and houses scattered around the city and in Madrid's surrounding countryside. Parts of the show are also filmed in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, characterised by its narrow, historical streets.
Unknown to most, parts of the much-loved series, The Crown, were actually filmed in Spain. Not even the British monarchy can resist the charms of Spain, when Jerez de la Frontera, Sotogrande and Seville became home to the cast of series which follows the life of the British Royal Family.
During its third season, we are transported to the Convent of Santo Domingo in Jerez which for the purpose of the series, was transformed into a hospital. Helena Bonhan Carter also filmed several of her scenes at the Hacienda La Peñuela, which belongs to the Bohórquez Domecq family. This same actress, in her role as Princess Margaret, supposedly travels to Los Angeles or, to tell the truth, to the famous Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, one of the most famous locations in the city.
In Sotogrande, in Cádiz, we can also see how the princess travels in a vintage car with her husband, whil in the fourth season of the series, the streets of Malaga become the protagonist thanks to Lady Di. Princess Diana, played by Emma Corin, walks through the streets of the city, representing some of the first public appearances of the Princess of Wales.
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The filming of the international Netflix series, The Witcher, which was released in 2019 and based on a novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowskio, took place in the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. The series, which also has a successful videogame adaption with the same name, features several emblematic spots on the island, including Maspalomas, Roque Nublo, Cuevas Blancas, Tamadaba and Agaete.
The One and Sky Rojo
One of Netflix's newest science fiction blockbusters is called The One and will be premiered in 2021. The One places viewers in a dystopian future where the best option for finding a partner is a DNA test that determines compatibility and was largely shot in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Shortly before filming The One, the international platform also shot Sky Rojo on location in San Andrés, Tenerife. Several of its protagonists, such as Lali Expósito and Yani Prado, as well as the series' creator, Álex Pina, headed to the island for weeks of shooting. Filming of both series was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, putting back their release dates to later in 2021.