¡What can we say about Madrid, capital of the country! With over 6 million people living here.We are going to tell you the most characteristic places of this amazing city.
Every year hundreds of companies from all over the world come to this city to shoot.
It is often used to film productions that requires an urban cosmopolitan surround. With its great avenues , monuments of incredible historical value and hundreds stores with the best brands in the market.
Madrid has a typical climate of the central plateau, so winters are snowy and summers warm.
In winter it is typical to shoot in the Sierra de Guadarrama and in summer in the Palacio de Cristal, in the middle Retiro Park.
Palacio de Cristal
The Crystal Palace is a metal and glass structure located in the Retiro Park. It was built in 1887 on the occasion of the Exhibition of the Philippine Islands, held that same year.
Nowdays contemporary art exhibitions are held inside the building. It has a lake on the outside of it that provides the cherry on top of this incomparable setting.
This building, which was designed to be a glass cathedral of classic proportions, rests on a mountain full of grass. Its walls and ramparts are immense.
Its transparent stained glass windows supported by Ionic iron columns, arranged in three halls over a clover-shaped layout and crowned by an immense dome with a height that reaches 22.60 meters, which covers a great pylon for water plants.
This Palace has served as a stage for numerous advertising campaigns of various companies, especially in the textile sector.
In summer and winter, this wonderful architectural piece has enhanced the quality of the productions of brands such as El Corte Inglés, Benetton, Carolina Herrera and Inditex.
In production terms this Palace has a lot of space that can accommodate catering, dressing room, makeup and everything else we can think of.
Parque del Retiro
The Retiro Park or Parque del Buen Retiro, popularly known as El Retiro, is a historic garden and public park located in Madrid.
Considered one of the main tourist attractions of the city, it houses numerous architectural, sculptural and landscape sets from the 17th to the 21st century, including the Monument to Alfonso XII, the Crystal Palace, the Great Pond, the Parterre, the Gate of Philip IV, the Royal Astronomical Observatory and the Artichoke fountain; and even earlier ones, such as the chapel of San Pelayo and San Isidoro, of Romanesque origin.
It is one of the largest green areas in Madrid, if not the most. Many companies have shot in this emblematic park, both foreign and national brands and of any kind. It is one of the most important shooting locations in the country’s capital.
The Retiro Park has served as a stage for numerous films. In fact, the last great superproduction of the visionary Samuel Bronston in Spain, left an indelible mark on the retina of many Madrid residents.
“The Fabulous World of the Circus”, starring John Wayne and directed by Henry Hathaway, was a box-office success but also a resounding financial failure due to the film’s extra cost, which required an enormous infrastructure during the shooting of its sequences in Barcelona, Chinchón, Aranjuez… and Retiro Park.
On a production level, it is a location that offers many advantages when shooting.
UNCLE PIO´S HILL
The Cerro del Tío Pío Park is a park in Madrid located in the neighborhood of Numancia, in the district of Puente de Vallecas. It is located between the Colonia de Fontarrón, Colonia de Santa Ana and Colonia de los Taxistas.
It is commonly known as the Seven Boobs Park or also as the Vallecas Boobs because of the shape of its hills.
It is one of the best places in the city to watch the sunset and from any of its hills you can see a large part of the city.
This park is a great resource for the media world.
It has been featured in numerous television commercials and in several series such as Aida, Física o Química or Vive Cantando, it is also chosen by several film productions such as Fuga de Cerebros, among others.
The Park is far from the typical tourist tours of the city, but it is highly recommended to climb a small mountain, which houses this park, and be able to contemplate from the heights the majesty of Madrid.
This location offers many shooting advantages.
CIRCLE OF FINE ARTS
The Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA) is a private, non-profit cultural organization based in Madrid’s Calle Alcalá.
Founded in 1880, since 1921 it has been declared a “Center for the Protection of Fine Arts and Public Utility”.
It is a multidisciplinary center, as it develops activities ranging from visual arts to literature through science, philosophy, film or performing arts.
Since it creation it has developed an important work of international scope in the field of creation, dissemination and cultural management, being one of the most important private cultural centers in Europe.
The rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA) has one of the best and most spectacular views of Madrid, and offers its visitors an unparalleled perspective of the city’s urban landscape.
The access to the roof of CBA consist on an elevator with glass doors on its last floor, which from the lobby allows direct access to this privileged space.
Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol is one of the most famous squares in Madrid and the meeting point for excellence in Madrid for residents and tourists.
It houses some of the most significant points and buildings of the capital, such as Kilometer Zero.
Art has always accompanied this square. This square has inspired many songs, paintings, films and plays.
Hundreds of spots with the best world productions have been shot here.
According to data from the Madrid City Council’s Office of Filming Permits, more than 500 different productions were made in the area, of which 45% were advertisements and photographic reports, 23% were television programs and 21% were works of fiction.
In fact in the last production of the director Carlos Bernases talks about the shooting in Sol:
“The most complicated part of the whole project has been shooting in the Puerta del Sol for the people. In other locations you ask for permission and permissions, but in Sol it’s impossible.
So we had to organize an engineering work, of people, to cover a whole front of a house. Filming in the middle of Puerta del Sol is uncontrollable but we are very proud and satisfied with the result.
You don’t know what it’s like to put cars skidding, police shooting, Hugo Silva and Mario Casas, with all the fans behind”