HBO, American premium cable and satellite television network responsible for the hugely popular series ‘Game of Thrones’, will be filming part of the seventh series of the television show in Spain’s San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Itzurun beach in the Basque Country later this year.
Just as audiences around the world can’t get enough of the fantasy drama series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the locations director for the television company has fallen in love with Spain and the numerous mystical and magical locations that have been chosen as settings to film various episodes of the series.
Now it’s the turn of the beautiful Basque Country to feature in the latest Game of Thrones, where parts of the series will be filmed in two of the most spectacular and enchanting coastal areas of the northern region: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo (Vizcaya) and the Itzurun beach in Zumaia (Guipúzcoa).
Former Spanish film locations include Peñíscola in Castellón, Seville, the desert-like arid lands of the Bardenas Reales in Navarra, Girona and Barcelona.
With the new Basque additions, it is hoped that this will boost tourism in Spain and this region in particular even further.
Mayor of Zumaia, Oier Korta, confirmed earlier this week that filming on Itzurun beach will commence on 26 October, and HBO also announced that as well as filming in Zumaia and Bermeo, the crew would also go to the capital of Seville, Santiponce (Seville), Cáceres and Almodóvar del Río in Córdoba.
Part of the attraction of Zumaia and the Itzurun beach are the flysch rock formations, which generally tend to attract many geologists, nature lovers and photographers all year round. To read more about the flysch rocks in Zumaia, click on the following link: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/06/flysch-formation-in-zumaia.html
According to the locations director who had travelled the length and breadth of the country, the Itzurun beach was the one that best fulfilled all the characteristics that the scriptwriters were looking for in order to portray the landscape from their series.
Filming on this beach will take place over six days, during which the area will be closed to the public. Scenery will be set up a few weeks beforehand, and the town hall will be involved in helping in any way it can.
They will also be advertising for temporary staff to work as extras or help set up the film set, including jobs such as cleaner, drivers and scaffolders etc.