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Filming in Spain

Spain’s success as a filming location has improved significantly since the introduction of an incentives system in early 2015. The country now offers up to 25% back in tax credits for domestic projects and co-productions, increasing to 45% for any productions filmed within the Canary Islands. For international productions, the country offers a 20% tax rebate on eligible costs, increasing to 40% in the Canaries.

Alternatively, the autonomous region of Navarre in Northern Spain can offer a tax credit rate of 35% for productions that film locally for at least a week. With the array of tax credit options available, Spain has become one of the most affordable production hubs in Europe.

For the seventh season of Game of Thrones, the production filmed extensively throughout Spain at locations including the islet of Gaztelugatxe.

Fuerteventura is becoming an increasingly popular destination for productions, having been featured in 2018 Lucasfilm's Han Solo: A Star War Story and Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote amongst others. Tenerife is the new hotspot for production having recently hosted the latest Warner Studios blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984. For its part, Gran Canaria has hosted the entire shooting of the Spanish HBO Series The Room (La Sala) and 2019 will bring at least three more series to the Island.

Lanzarote is becoming an increasingly popular destination for productions, having recently been featured in an episode of Netflix's Black Mirror and the latest advertising campaign for Rolls Royce.

The Location Guide has visited Girona and found a bustling historical city with great local production support and strong transport links to nearby Barcelona.

 

 

Working in Alhamilla is like having your own huge back lot. The area is bigger than the 20th Century Fox back lot in California.

Arthur Max, Production Designer on Exodus: Gods and Kings

Climate

Because of Spain's position on the Iberian peninsula, its climate is affected by both the Atlantic Ocean on its western and northern sides and the Mediterranean Sea to its south and east.

Mediterranean Spain has hot, dry summers and mild winters. There is virtually no rain between June and August except for the occasional thunderstorm.

In particular, the Canary islands have long sunny days with mild temperatures ranging between 19ºC and 24ºC all year round due to the presence of the Trade Winds and the thermal inversion that they generate. There are very few cloud formations and rain is scarce.

Central Spain and the Southern Atlantic coast also have low rainfall, although there can be heavy snow in the Sierra Mountains in winter. Summers can be very hot.

North and north-west Spain are more influenced by the Atlantic. They are the wettest, cloudiest and coolest parts of Spain.

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