Though Barcelona has never been a particularly famous city as a backdrop for Cinema, in the last years it has begun gaining momentum as an important setting for movies. One of these movies, which has had great success on the silver screen, is Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and is a famous movie filmed in Barcelona, where you will see parts of Girona, and parts of Provence in France. Filmed in 2005, this movie is based on a novel by the German author Patrick S?skind, published in 1985. You can find accommodation in Barcelona or even Costa Brava apartments to follow the places where Perfume was filmed. Here are some of the most relevant locations from the film in Barcelona.
1. Pla?a de la Merc?, Barcelona: This is a very important place in the film, it’s where the protagonist is born, but it’s also where some else very important happens in the film, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you. You can visit this place by catching the Metro (Line 3) and exiting at Drassanes station, it’s a very beautiful location.
2. Poble Espanyol: It’s one of the most famous locations in the film and is the main square. It is in this very square that Grenouille faces his execution, though you’ll have to watch the film to see what happens. Take the metro (Line 1) and exit at Plaza Espanya.
3. Pla?a Reial: This is the shop where Grenouille sees the perfume shop for the very first time. You take Line 3 on the Metro and get off at Liceu. In reality, this is a very atmospheric spot in Barcelona where many Barcelonians gather. You can have a drink here right in front of the store of Perfume, a nice location indeed.
4. Santa Eulalia Cathedral (Barcelona Cathedral): This little architectual gem can be reached via Line 4 of the Metro and exiting at Jaume I. It is here that Grenouille was followed in an entranced state the scent of a young girl carrying plums.
5. Laberint d’Horta: One of the oldest parks in Barcelona, this is where the mansion of the Richis family is located in the movie. These gardens are absolutely beautiful, and even if you’re not doing a movie route, you should most definitely visit them anyway. Just get the Metro and exit at Mundet using Line 3.
You can read more about cinema in Barcelona on Things to do Barcelona.