5 TV Series set in Galicia

Galicia is fashionable, there is no doubt about it. Lately we are enjoying the landscapes of our beautiful region through the television series of the moment. Millions of viewers around the world follow these plots, episode after episode, through international audiovisual platforms, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO… Let’s take a brief tour through the series set in Galicia, which have opened a small window to our land for viewers around the world. Let’s get to it!

El desorden que dejas (2020)

This is the latest hit of the Netflix platform, and its only series filmed entirely in Galicia (for the moment!). This addictive Galician-style thriller has become a hit since its premiere, entering the list of the 10 most watched series in the world at the time. 

This series is based on the novel of the same name, written by author Carlos Montero (who also directs the series). The fiction revolves around two teachers who work at the Novariz high school, Viruca and Raquel, intertwining past and present to solve a series of mysteries.

Novariz is actually Celanova, the town in Ourense where most of the plot takes place. The cobblestone streets, the thermal baths, the mysterious atmosphere… The landscape and the setting are almost one more character in the history.
El desorden que dejas celanova galicia

But not only Celanova is present in El desorden que dejas. You can also see the city of A Coruña, the Termas de Bande (Ourense) and part of the Ribeira Sacra. Besides being very entertaining and having a great cast, the series contributes to show us some of the most unknown areas of inland Galicia, but which has beautiful cultural and scenic resources. 

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    Fariña (2018)

    The series Fariña was a great sucess in terms of audience at the time, coinciding with a controversy that affected the book on which it is based, The series premiered on Antena 3, but can now also be viewed on Netflix. It was a great audiovisual sucess, with the focus on galicia, and atracted a lot of tourism at the time for the stunning locations shown.

    Fariña (which means “flour” in Galician, referring to cocaine) tells the story of drung trafficking in Galicia through different characters. it shows us the figures of the main drug traffickers, those who tried to fight against this scourge, the social drama it entailed, the evolution of smuggling… It shows the same problem, approached from different points of view. 

    In addition, it shows us many places of the Galician coast: porto do Son, Noia, Boiro, A Illa de Arousa, Outes, Pontevedra, O Grove… These are just some of the emblematic points of this fiction, based on real facts. 

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    Vivir sin permiso (2018)

    After the great sucess of Fariña, series set in Galicia began to follow one after the other. unlike the first one, Vivir sin Permiso is a fiction (which we can watch on Telecinco and Netflix), although it also adresses the issue of drug trafficking in the estuaries. The series is based on the story by galician writer Manuel Rivas, Vivir sin Permiso y otras historias del Oeste.

    Nemo Bandeira is a big businessman and, in the shadows, a drug kingpin. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he tries to hide his illness while deciding what to do with his empire. At the same time, power wars and conspiracies ensue. 

    The series was filmed in different locations in Galicia, mainly on the coast, including: the Pazo de la Toxeiriña in Moraña (the main character’s house), Illa de Arousa, Vilagarcía and O grove (among others).

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    El sabor de las margaritas (2018)

    Curiously, this black series filmed in the Galician language, triumphed in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ranking as the seventh most watched (non-English speaking).

    El Sabor de las Margaritas has two seasons, and narrated the investigation of a Civil Guard agent, who moves to a village in the interior or galicia (Muriás) to investigate the disappearance of a young woman. There she finds a much more complex web that, with many difficulties, she will try to brign to light.

    The second season also chooses scenarios from the interior of Galicia, such as A Ribeira Sacra, Monforte de Lemos or the Pazo de Adai.

    Los gozos y las sombras (1981)

    Although it is a much older series, which premiered in the 80s, we want to name it in this list for being the precursor of those that came later. This first series on a national scale, to be filmed in Galicia.

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    Based on the novel by the Galician writer Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Los gozos y las sombras tells a story set in the Second Republic. in which the old industry is dying, giving away to the new lords of money. The work showed us, through the passions of its character, the fall of the old economic order before the arrival of the new industry, pushed by the return and thrust of emigrants from overseas.

    La serie ambientada en un pueblo imaginario llamado Pueblanueva del Conde, se rodó entre Pontevedra, Bueu, y otros enclaves de la ría.

    Have you followed any of these series? Which is your favorite? Would you recommed any other series that we have forgotten in this short list? Feel free to comment below!

    3 Caminos (“Three Ways”)

    The premiere of this project, that combine drama and comedy, takes place three weeks after the beginning of the Holy Year Xacobeo. As part of the promotional strategy for the Xacobeo 2021 it is one of the many events and initiatives that want to boost the Jacobean year, which as we have seen in another article, has been extended until 2022. A real gift after the limitations imposed by the covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Watching this series is, somehow, a way to compensate for the difficulties that did not allow many pilgrims to walk the way as they had planned. If you are one of the many who are hoping to enjoy again the magical landscapes of the Camino and want to experience this very special adventure, don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the Way of Saint James.

    The series 3 Caminos is composed of eight chapters in which we will see emblematic places such as: Belorado, Burgos, Santa Colomba de Somoza, Carrión de los Condes, Frómista, León, Ponferrada or Astorga. Many of the locations that appear on the screen may arouse beautiful memories in pilgrims who have already traveled this route in the past. The series was filmed in the autonomous regions of NavarraLa RiojaCastilla y León and Galicia. Directed by Norberto López Amado, Franziska Meletzky and Ignacio Mercero, it was produced by Ficción Producciones in collaboration with the Xunta de Galicia, Televisión de Galicia, RTP, Cinemate and Beta Films, and the collaboration of the Government of Navarra, Junta de Castilla y León and the Government of La Rioja.

    What is the series about?

    The eight chapters take place in three periods, precisely 2000, 2006 and 2021, which correspond to the 3 moments in which the main characters, Álex González, Verónica Echegui, Cecilia Suárez, Anna Schimrigk, Andrea Bosca and Alberto Jo Lee, walk the Camino. As the years go by, these friends get older, their personalities change and, at the same time, their friendship grows and evolves too. The bonds that will be created among the friends of this international group are a reality for many of the viewers who have undertaken the pilgrimage to Santiago.

    One of the key points of this series is, in fact, the strong connection between the stories told by the main characters and the motivations that drive each pilgrim to undertake the Camino. The themes addressed may be very familiar to you and it is likely that while watching the series you will identify yourself  with some of the characters. The series sets out to talk about important issues such as fear, love, disillusionment, sacrifice, the passage of time and much more. In short, what the characters are looking for are answers to the typical questions that accompany us all throughout our lives when we stop to reflect on what really matters.

    We are sure that this series will touch you a lot and will make you reflect on the meaning of this route because as the protagonists say “the Camino is more than a simple collection of stamps, it is the connection between heaven and earth” and above all it cannot be explained! If you want to share your impressions about the series, you can leave us a comment below. Enjoy!

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