EXCITEMENT is rising in Almeria, particularly in El Chorrillo de Sierra Alhamilla in Pechina, as set builders prepare to get to work for Game of Thrones filming.
Sets built in Belfast, Northern Ireland, began to arrive on site last week and huts to house offices were put into place, local mayor Juan Manuel Lopez reported, stating that set-builders were due to start work on Monday (August 17).
Although a shroud of secrecy surrounds the filming of the sixth season of the popular HBO series, which is due to be filming in the area between October 10 and 23, there are rumours that sets under construction include a large temple. Locals also believe the area, which has been used in the past to film adverts and last year was used for filming of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, will be the scene of at least one battle as castings were specifically searching for heavily built men.
Following the recent financial crisis and the fall of the construction sector, which provided a lot of the area’s income, Pechina residents are preparing to welcome crews with open arms as the filming will create work and generate income as well as placing it on the world map.
“Game of Thrones will be a much-needed boost for many local families,” Lopez said.
Other probable Almeria locations for the series inspired by George RR Martin’s saga include the lighthouse in Mesa Roldan and La Alcazaba in the Almeria City.