The autonomous Navarre region in northern Spain, steeped in history, is today best known for the annual Running of the Bulls festival that takes place in its capital, Pamplona. The event, shown on TV worldwide each time it occurs, has cemented images of that city in the imagination of millions.

Navarre also happens to be favored by filmmakers looking for natural beauty and locations evoking Europe’s past – not to mention the area’s generous 35% tax rebate.

The area’s visual assets include the looming heights of the Pyrenees mountains, the shady Irati Forest, and the badlands of the Bardenas Reales.

Pamplona has its own, separate appeal and conjures images of Ernest Hemingway and generations of young men testing their testosterone as the dodge charging beasts.

Elsewhere, the stately 15th century Palace of the Kings of Navarre of Olite instantly provides any picture with high production value.

A good location for capturing the mystery of Spain, Navarre offers its 35% rebate to producers who spend a minimum of one week filming there.

Notable productions that have shot in Navarre include “Spanish Affair” (2014), The Counselor (2013), “Biutiful” (2010), “Lost in La Mancha” (2002), “The World Is Not Enough” (1999), and “City Slickers” (1991).

35% Rebate on qualified spending
1 week Minimum time filming in Navarre
Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.