The picturesque coastal town of Peñíscola, in the province of Castellón (Valencian Community), is currently preparing for the latest in a long list of film crews to shoot there, with staff from the HBO television network working on the local historical monuments to make them ready for the filming of the sixth season of ‘Game of Thrones‘.
In the past Peñíscola has been used for location shooting in numerous films and television series, most notably El Cid in 1961, and local Mayor Andrés Martínez is well aware of the beneficial effect on the local economy that ‘Game of Thrones‘ could have.
With 100 million viewers in over 170 countries it provides a magnificent showcase for the attractions of the medieval town, and it is estimated that since it was first shown the series has benefitted the Northern Ireland economy by £65 million; Northern Ireland having some of the best known locations in which the series has been shot.
Similarly, positive effects on tourism in Iceland and Croatia have been noted after episodes featuring these locations were screened. However, in the shorter term the filming in Peñíscola requires the use of some 450 hotel rooms and brings a huge boost to business in and around the town, prolonging the already successful 2015 tourist season.
At the moment, preparatory work is focusing mainly on eliminating anachronisms from the modern era, such as the metal plaques in Plaza Santa María, which are being covered with wood for the filming. From next week no parked cars will be allowed on the road up to the Portal Fosc, and from then onwards work will progress towards Plaza de Santa María until filming is complete.
At the same time marquees will be installed for production staff, functioning as a base camp for shooting, and Andrés Martínez is anxious to ensure that everything is in perfect condition for the filming. This is scheduled to last from 2nd to 6th October, and the extras who will be filling the roles of noblemen, slaves and soldiers are already trying on their costumes in the Palau de Congressos this week.
Filming has been underway along the coast in Catalonia for this sixth season since the beginning of September.
Last Sunday HBO was honoured at the Emmy awards, scooping 12 awards for the ‘Game of Thrones‘ series including winning the award for ‘Outstanding Drama Series’. The TV series has attracted a worldwide cult following.