Madrid has been the privileged setting for countless films and television series, with an audiovisual industry that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. From Edgar Neville’s traditional cinema to the rather more transgressive work of Pedro Almodóvar, from series such as La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), Arde Madrid or Las Chicas del Cable (Cable Girls), the city of Madrid has been reflected in many of the most important works of our cinema and television.
Many international directors have also found in its streets the ideal location in which to set their stories. Filmmakers of the stature of David Lean, Orson Welles or Jules Dassin filmed in the city during the sixties and seventies, when Spain was one of Hollywood’s favourite sets in Spain and residents could easily bump into stars like Ava Gardner, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn or Sofia Loren strolling through its streets, shopping in its boutiques and having fun in its bars. In more recent decades, filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch and Peter Greengrass have continued to regard the city as the perfect place for their work.
A Madrid of Cinema that we invite you to discover through the following tourist routes published by Madrid City Council’s Tourism Department, which will allow you to visit the locations and spaces in which emblematic films and series were shot.
The “Arde Madrid” Route
Our city serves as the backdrop to the some of the most famous series of recent years. Anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the Madrid seen in TV series can enjoy this route through the scenarios of Arde Madrid, the original Movistar+ series created by Paco León and Anna R. Costa, which brings to life the adventures of American actress Ava Gardner in the exciting Madrid of the 1950s.
The “Madrid of Pedro Almodóvar” Route
The city of Madrid might well be considered another of the famous “Almodóvar girls”. Named Adoptive Son of Madrid in 2018, the director has shot almost all of his films in the city, turning some of its nooks and crannies into icons of the Almodovarian universe. Those who want to explore Almodóvar’s Madrid can follow this route through some of the most noteworthy locations in the city centre.