IT is one of her favourite destinations.

So it is fitting that Gwyneth Paltrow is returning to Spain to play the role of Picasso’s long-time lover Dora Maar.
The fluent Spanish speaker will star opposite Antonio Banderas in the film 33 Days, which hinges on the making of masterpiece Guernica.

Directed by Carlos Saura, the couple will be filming in the Basque region in September, before heading to Paris.

Picasso’s most important muse Maar, who posed for nearly 200 paintings, moved with him to Paris.

The French photographer/artist was famous in her own right before meeting the celebrated Malaga artist, who she dated for nine years.

It will be a happy return to Spain for Paltrow – married to British rock star Chris Martin from Coldplay.

She spent over a month with the Lazaro-Ruiz family in Talavera de la Reina, near Toledo, when she was 14 and has been back various times.

“She was very warm from the first day and ever since we have maintained a good relationship,” Julia Ruiz recently told El Mundo about her ‘adopted daughter’.