Spain is a popular filming location for Bollywood movies, but have you ever considered a trip to Spain to experience the local culture and visit some of the settings of Bollywood classics yourself? Spain has featured as the backdrop to numerous Indian films, leading to an increase in Indian tourists travelling to Spain.
The importance of the Indian tourism market has become significant with the number of Indians travelling abroad exploding since the year 2000, when just 4.42 million people from India travelled internationally. This number increased to almost 27 million in 2019. The opportunity to personally visit Bollywood film locations gives fans of Indian cinema extra incentive to visit Spain.
A range of Bollywood settings
In the region of Andalusia, tourists have a variety of options with Granada, Cordoba, and Cadiz just some of the gems of Southern Spain. But for Bollywood fans, it is Malaga, known as the capital of the Costa del Sol, which has everything you need for the perfect getaway. This city in Andalusia boasts 16 beaches by the Mediterranean and, for culture vultures, there is a number of fascinating museums, including one dedicated to Malaga’s most famous son, Pablo Picasso. As you stroll around the historic city centre of Malaga, you will find yourself amid a Bollywood film set. You can also take in the port area, an important section of the city, along with the Plaza del Obispo, a Baroque square on the must-visit list of a trip to this city.
From Malaga, visitors can travel to Seville, another popular Bollywood film location. The journey is convenient with no changes and takes under 2 hours on high-speed trains. If you prefer a more leisurely, and more economic, journey, you can opt for the second option which transports you to Seville in approximately three hours. With train ticket prices so affordable, it makes perfect sense to take in another historic city while visiting the region.
Providing the perfect Bollywood setting
Seville is known as the Pearl of Andalusia, and it is easy to see why. Tourist attractions such as the Moorish royal palace known as the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the Gothic Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque of Seville, abound. The city was also used as one of the locations for the road dramedy, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, starring Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol. Re-enact the story by attending a flamenco show, although only the brave would copy their skydiving antics! A trip to the city gives Bollywood fans the opportunity to reminisce about a time when mainstream Hindi cinema was not coming under such heavy criticism in India and beyond.
Before you go, you should be aware that this Andalusian city is also referred to as the frying pan of Spain. So, it is recommended that you avoid visiting Seville in August!
A trip to Southern Spain provides visitors will the chance to experience historic Andalusian cities such as Malaga and Seville while combining culture with the opportunity to experience the real-life Bollywood film locations. It is easy to see why Spain saw an influx of Indian visitors eager to experience what they have seen on the big screen in real life.