The Eldorado Sets – we visited the filming location of the BBC soap Eldorado in Spain to find out what is still standing, and how much can be seen
The Eldorado Sets
If you’re here then you already know about Eldorado, the soap in the sun. Axed after only a year by the BBC. Remembered for it’s terrible acting, poor sound quality and dodgy storylines. There are rumours of a return, but I doubt that the BBC or anyone else would try to resurrect this Titanic like disaster of a show. That said, I didn’t think it was that bad. Sure, I was only 14, but I remember enjoying the show. Especially in it’s final days.
The entire set was more like a small town. It cost something like 10 million pounds to build! Since the show was axed, the location has been used as a hotel, a film set, and now a paintballing experience.
When I moved to the Costa Del Sol, I heard rumours that the sets were still standing. My friend David and I set out in search of them, and then I returned later with my wife and her camera! Hannah and I decided to go out in search of the Eldorado sets, and this is what we found.
It was easy enough to find. Just 30 minutes drive from Fuengirola, close to the town of Coin on the Costa Del Sol. Here is a map to give you some perspective.
Here is an aerial view of the site. The picture of the main entrance above was taken were the “Ciudad Del Airsoft” location pin is dropped.
You will notice another pin for Hotel Ciudad Del Cine. This was once a hotel, which used buildings from the sets for accommodation. It closed down years ago.
So what is there still to see? Sadly very little from the road. It’s not possible to get into the site without breaking the law. Below you will see the pictures I was able to take. I have also taken some pictures of the site from other websites (credited) to give you an idea of what the sets look like today.
It’s hard to see very much from the road and dirt path which run alongside the plot.
Without trawling through YouTube and watching all the old episodes, I couldn’t say how much of this would have been used on the TV show.
The area is a nature reserve, there are people around bird watching and hiking. It’s not completely abandoned and desolate.
My final photo is of a big black bull. I believe that this had advertising on it when the show was being filmed. It’s been dumped unceremoniously in the woods, and despite it’s size you will have to look carefully at the picture below to see it. The bull blends in with the trees very well.
All in all, our visit to Eldorado was something of an anti-climax. You can’t see much of the shooting location from the road and path, and there is no way to get inside The area is now used for paint balling activities which sounds like fun. I have contacted the operators to request a look inside but they haven’t replied to my messages.
I have hunted around online for more pictures of how Los Barcos looks today. Here is what I found:
Thanks for reading my post, I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you’ve been inside the old Eldorado sets, I’d love to hear from you and see your pictures!