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Madrid itinerary to discover its most popular series

By | 15 May, 2020 | 0 comments

During the lockdown you no doubt binge-watched series on Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime, as well as all the other TV channels. Today we’ll take you on a tour of the locations in Madrid where some of Spain’s most popular series were filmed.

Cable Girls

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The first Spanish-language series on Netflix was ‘Cable Girls’, which tells the tale of Europe’s biggest telephone switchboard in the Twenties, a recreation of what is now the Telefónica Building. Some of the series’ most touching scenes take place at Delicias railway station, where Lidia and Francisco are separated and are later reunited. Carlota and Sara start to get close after attending a feminist conference by Victoria Kent at the Lyceum Club Femenino, where today a plaque reminds us of the importance of the fight for women’s rights in Spain. It is located inside the present Ministry of Culture. Lastly, the neighbourhood where the protagonists of the series live is none other than the Literary Quarter

Money Heist

The most-viewed foreign-language series on Netflix was principally shot in the capital city. The images we see of the Royal Mint are actually those of headquarters of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which was chosen for practical reasons in filming. The same happened with the Bank of Spain – for the heist here the building used was Nuevos Ministerios

Paquita Salas

One of the most entertaining series on Netflix also features a lot of scenes filmed in Madrid. Paquita Salas’ acting agency, PS Management, is located in Plaza de la Luna;  Paquita discovers Belén de Lucas in the bar Válgame Dios, where the latter works as a waitress; and the karaoke bar where Macarena García and Paquita perform the popular song Cadillac Solitario is Sácame por Dios

Velvet

We’ll conclude with this series. The Velvet Galleries are located at Gran Vía, number 34, but this is now home to a Zara rather than the prêt-à-porter shop. The original building, however, is where the Primark currently is. The restaurant that the protagonists often go to is inspired by Lhardy and the famous Pausa is inspired by Cock, a cocktail bar that the legendary barman Perico Chicote decorated with English furniture. 

Are you ready for a tour of these four beloved Spanish series?

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