For series producers today, there is a real budget for traveling, and they no longer hesitate to travel the world in order to shoot scenes. In fact, many of them found some amazing landscapes, and shot many different scenes there, which also led to quite a big increase in the number of visitors. Whether it is in Spain, Croatia, or Colombia... Let's discover places from TV series that have become major tourist destinations.
Osuna: Game of Thrones, Spain
Located in Andalucia in Spain, Osuna is a peaceful town that experienced an unprecedented number of tourists in 2014 when the Game of Thrones crew started shooting in the arena, which was built over a century ago. Spotted in one of the key episodes of season 5, Osuna took advantage of the spotlight to get out of the crisis, and started offering tourist tours relying on the filming locations of the series.
Birmingham: Peaky Blinders, UK
Series Peaky Blinders, which first aired in 2013, has been a huge success in the UK, and is actually a success worldwide.The series was shot in Birmingham, which led a community of fans to create a "Peaky Tour", taking people around to understand the history of the city, and discover the alleys and pubs featured in the series. Since the six seasons have aired, the city has seen record tourist numbers, with fans of the series coming from all over the world.
Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones, Croatia
If there's any city to visit for Game of Thrones fans, it has to be Dubrovnik, and proof is that there has been a 42% increase in the number of tourists since 2012. That is mostly thanks to the series, and just like Osuna in Spain, the city has been a setting for various scenes throughout the eight seasons of the series. For that reason, Dubrovnik, which is named King's Landing in the series, has become a real place of pilgrimage for fans of the series. Mass tourism actually outgrows the population, and has led to property prices soaring in recent years.
Highclere Castle: Downton Abbey, UK
In the south of England, in Hampshire, you will find Highclere Castle. Built in 1839, the building was pretty much the unique filming location for the drama series Downton Abbey during 6 seasons. The owners actually estimate that since filming began in 2010, the number of people visiting the site has doubled. And this success was even enforced by the British tourist board, which promoted the castle during advertising breaks. That has become a very successful collaboration, which in the end recorded more than €13 million in revenue.
The Azure Window: Game of Thrones, Gozo Island, Malta
Another location coming from Game of Thrones is the Azure Window on the island of Gozo in Malta. Used in one of the scenes of season 1 in 2011, the famous natural arch has seen a massive increase in the number of visitors following the filming of the series. But unfortunately, it probably accelerated the corrosion of the stone, endangering the structure of the site. This led the local authorities to ban visitors, and despite many warnings from environmental activists, the arch collapsed following a violent storm on 8 March 2017.
As you probably know, the Chernobyl series, which became a worldwide success within a few weeks, was inspired by the nuclear disaster that took place in April 1986. The explosion of reactor number 4 forced the evacuation of nearby town Pripyat, and created several thousand deaths. 33 years later, the HBO series goes back on the events of this terrible tragedy. Filmed in Vilnius, Lithuania, the series quickly drew thousands of fans from around the world to Ukraine.
Medellin: Narcos, Colombia
Still considered a dangerous place, and the cocaine city in South America, Medellin has a sulfurous past, particularly because of the influence of Pablo Escobar in the 1980s in Colombia. In 2015, when Netflix launched the series Narcos, which retraces the life of the famous drug lord, the Colombian city was obviously selected to be one of the main settings of the series. When you go there, you can take part in a guided tour, with prices ranging from 10 to 15 euros.
Albuquerque: Breaking Bad, New Mexico, USA
In the heart of the desert state of New Mexico, the city of Albuquerque has often been overshadowed by its neighbor Santa Fe. But since it became the main location for the hit series Breaking Bad, Albuquerque has seen a rapid increase in tourist numbers. The same way, various locations featured in the series can be visited during tours organized by tour operators.
Baltimore : The Wire, USA
An important city in Maryland, Baltimore is however a place that remains full of insecurity and poverty. However, the fact that it is the location of the series The Wire, produced by HBO, has led to the development of many activities there. For instance, the most famous is "The Wire Tour" - for 40 dollars, it offers an experience discovering the major locations of the series by walking through the different districts of the city.
Oahu: Lost, Hawaii
Another incredibly popular TV series, and therefore a great place to visit, is the series Lost which was shot in Hawaii. One of the most famous spots is the Survivors' Beach Camp, but there are plenty of other places to visit if you join a tour operator. Besides, just landing on the island will bring some iconic landscapes to you, and probably make you feel like you're joining the survivors of the plane crash.