'Game of Thrones' Goes Castle Hopping in Spain for Season 6

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The HBO series has added a handful of new locations in Spain for season six.

HBO’s Game of Thrones has announced new locations in Spain to shoot portions of season six, including the Bardenas Badlands, the Santa Florentina and Zafra Castles and Almeria’s Alcazaba.

The new spots join the list of previously announced locations, Girona and Peniscola.

The badlands in Navarre boast spectacular rock formations in a desert-like area and contrast with the 11th century Santa Florentina castle and the fortress-like Zafra castle and Alcazaba.

Specific locations will be unveiled before filming begins later this year.

The new locations are clustered in Spain’s northern regions—with the exception of the Moorish fortress in Almeria—as opposed to the southern Spain location chosen for the Season 5, Seville’s Alcazar Palace which became the Water Gardens of Dorne.

U.S. Ambassador to Spain and former HBO executive James Costos has been instrumental in orchestrating the operation, but so has Spain’s new 15 percent tax rebate on international shoots and the Navarre region’s 35 percent tax rebate on regional spend. The Navarre incentive has no limit on spending and only requires the shoot last more than one week in the region.

Peter Welter of Fresco Films Services will once again provide production services in Spain as he did for the shoots in season five.

Spain received the news of the new locations with much fanfare. More than 86,000 people showed up for 500 spots as extras last year for the season five shoot and Costos has said that initial figures indicated 15 percent rise in local tourism at the sites where the series shot in Seville.