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Autumnal landscape of Ribeira Sacra (Sil River Canyons) in Ourense (Galicia) Spain. The river has excavated for centuries on the rocky granite walls to shape the landscape at will natural. Beautiful place inside Galicia in rural mountain. Foto: gettyimages.
Autumnal landscape of Ribeira Sacra (Sil River Canyons) in Ourense (Galicia) Spain. The river has excavated for centuries on the rocky granite walls to shape the landscape at will natural. Photo: gettyimages.

Discover Spain from your sofa

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 In the middle of a health crisis, humans have learned we can travel to the most remote places in the world through the screen of our computers and cellphones. So if someone dares to say: “Tourism from the sofa is possible.” Here’s a first show to check out.

Traveling to a never before visited destination or returning to that city, that beach, that historical monument, that skyscraper or those mountains we once discovered on a vacation has never been easier thanks to the internet. In the end, this is one of the legacies of one of the most serious health crises in centuries.  

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we learned that traveling from the comfort of your sofa is possible. This new situation and the multiple technological advances are being used to promote tourism in countries like Spain.  

Turespaña, the national tourism body responsible for destination marketing in Spain, has teamed up with the international streaming platform Netflix to launch Spain Travel Guide.  

“Just like we do with our series and movies, this guide is precisely an example of how we can go through the different territories that make our country through real stories. The stories that are born in the audiovisual space are, in addition, an opportunity to represent diversity,” said Diego Ávalos, vice president of content for Netflix in Spain and Portugal, about the project.

THE ESSENCE OF SPAIN ON SCREEN

This online compilation, available at spaintravelguide.ethic.es/mapa/, brings together all the Netflix television productions shot throughout the Iberian Peninsula, in the Balearic and Canary islands, and in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, located in the Moroccan territory.

Thanks to this interactive map of Spain, viewers can explore the different series that hide, in their scenes, natural and urban wonders: from Galicia, in the north of the peninsula, through Madrid — the capital, in the center — and Castilla-La Mancha to Andalusia, in the south.

In addition, Netflix productions invite the public to learn about customs, traditions, history and the richness of Mediterranean cuisine, which is famous beyond its borders.

Spain Travel Guide brings together stories in 17 autonomous communities, from north to south and from east to west, plus the two autonomous cities located in the Moroccan territory (Ceuta and Melilla) and relate them to series and films produced in Spain and available on Netflix.

The digital compilation is displayed as a map, in such a way that the viewer can choose an area to access a review of its people, its customs, its traditions, its geographical charms, its gastronomy, and a fictional production that portrays some aspect of the particular area.

ONE CITY, ONE SHOW

This way viewers can travel, for example, to the north, to Galicia, and discover its nature and culture thanks to The Mess You Leave Behind. 

“The leafy cliffs of the Ribeira Sacra or the magical forests that surround the Bande hot springs become the best accomplices to hide the harshness of a mystery that nobody wants to talk about,” reads the guide’s website.

From Galicia further down the map, viewers move to Castilla-La Mancha, land of Don Quixote, and discover unmatched cultural aspects and landscapes seen in Cable Girls.

Further south, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, is Malaga. In recent years, the city has captivated many international tech companies to the point that it has earned the name ‘Malaga Valley’ This city, located on the Mediterranean coast, known for its wonderful beaches, rich cuisine, mild climate and warm people, is the setting for the fourth season of The Crown. Do you want to see how fiction portrays reality? Do not miss chapter six of the series.

Outside the peninsular territory, in Morocco, there are the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla. Great part of the latest Netflix productions have been shot in Ceuta, like Warrior Nun. If you have not had the opportunity to get to know the territory, do not miss the production.

How many times have you traveled to a place inspired by your favorite shows and movies? Now you know you can do it too, with no tickets, planes, trains or cars... just one click.

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