SPANISH television series Paraiso will be partly filmed in Albir and Alfaz, production company Globomedia revealed. Not only Alfaz but also Benidorm, Altea, Calpe, Javea and Santa Pola have been chosen as Alicante province locations. Other sequences will be shot at the Albufera freshwater lake near Valencia City as well as in Oliva, Sueca and Requena amongst other municipalities. The Movistar+ series will be directed by Fernando Gonzalo Molina whose films include Palmeras en la Nieve (Palm trees in the Snow) and Tres Metros Sobre el Cielo (Three metres above the sky).
The series stars Macarena Garcia, who won a Goya award–Spain’s equivalent of an Oscar–for Best Newcomer Actress for her role in Blancanieves (Snow White). Filming in the province is expected to take approximately 15 weeks, with scenes shot in the Sierra Helada national park and inside Alfaz. The mystery-adventure series set in Spain in 1992 will have seven 50-minute episodes and is due to air later this year. This will not be Alfaz’s first time as a film location, as Luis Gamboa shot his film, La Estatua (The Statue) in Alfaz in 1956. Juan Luis Iborra, director of Alfaz’s annual Film Festival, chose Alfaz for Tiempos de Azucar (Sugar Times) in 2001 and shot some scenes there for his 1997 film. Alfaz was also used for some location scenes for the comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.