The original Netflix series ‘Money Heist’ also known as ‘La Casa de Papel’, has gained immense popularity since its release in 2017. This crime drama series has captured hearts all over the world with its action, suspense, and inventive storyline. While the show itself is famous for its mind games strategies and the portrayal of the Dali masks with the red suits, one of the key draws of this show have been the filming locations. Despite the fact that season three has scenes all around the world; the TV show is predominantly is filmed in Madrid, Spain. Here are the shooting locations that you can visit IRL (Just a warning: This contains spoilers, guys):
Royal Mint of Spain: Spanish National Research Council
The building in which our favourite robbers locked themselves in (with the hostages) was in fact, the headquarters of at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in Madrid. The building was said to have been picked due to its resemblance to the Royal Mint of Spain, and because the authentic building is located down a narrow street, making filming nearly impossible. The gardens that you see in the Parts 1 and 2 of the show belong to the courtyard which gives access to the CSIC building. This feature makes it ideal for filming without having to cut streets or redirect traffic.
Now as far as the interior scenes are considered, they were shot in some Madrid surroundings like Colmenar Viejo. The reason why it was not filmed inside the authentic building is obviously: security. If you remember the area which showed the inside of the Mint where the money was printed in the show, is actually Spanish newspaper ABC’s Office. So, the printing equipment that you saw on the show is real equipment.
The famous bank notes shower that takes place at the beginning of Episode 2 of Part 3 was filmed in the Plaza de Callao. Known to be one of the most central squares of Madrid, this square is where The Professor hacked the big screens to announce the incarceration of Rio to the public. If you are visiting Madrid, the Callao Square (more like Times Square of Spain) is definitely an unmissable stop.
Guna Yala Islands (Tokyo and Rio’s Escape)
The most recent Part 3 begins with some beautiful paradisiacal scenes of “Isla Pelícano”, the place where Tokyo and Rio are hiding. Remember Tokyo calling it “a romantic movie in the Caribbean”? Well, yeah. She wasn’t lying. Filming of this scene took place in the tropical paradise of Guna Yana Islands, which is an archipelago of almost 400 islands scattered along the Caribbean coast of Panama.
Bank of Spain -Ministry of Public works and Transport
Part 3 of the series has a new target (not really new as Salva, Berlin and Palermo started planning five years ago): Bank of Spain. The bank in the series is actually the complex of headquarters of The Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
House of Toledo- Finca El Gasco, Torrelodones
Remember the mansion where the heist was planned? Yes, it’s this one. Professor Salvador brings the gang together to prepare for six months. In reality, this house is not located in Toledo city, but in the Torrelodones (Madrid). In this little village, Fianca El Gasco is a wedding venue located in the middle of the regional park, very close to the Guadarrama River.
Italian Monastery – San Frutos Hermitage
Remember the Italian monastery where Berlin pretends to be writing his discourse on theological philosophy while it acted as his planning den? Yep, that’s San Frutos Hermitage in Madrid. This big mansion is 140 km away from the city centre, in the province of Segovia. While the hermitage is very popular due to its best panoramic views of the Duraton River, the interior scenes are not shot here. The spectacular cloister that we see in the series is Abadia De Parraces which is part of a renovated venue that in real life is used for all kinds of events.
Florence- Piazza Del Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo
The flashback of the first season’s episode (where our beloved Professor meets Berlin), takes place in Florence. The two locations picked out for this flashback are Piazza del Duomo and Piazzale Michelangelo. We get to see Pedro Alonso (Berlin) again with his little brother (Professor) in Florence as according to the timeline of the series, its five years back in time, when they started to plan the Bank of Spain heist.
So, be a loyal fan and visit these Money Heist filming locations around the world. Do let us know about your experiences below!