Throughout the years a lot of movies were shot in the Canary Islands, among these also quite a few hollywood blockbusters. Here we’ve put together a selection of international movies for you.
1.) Fast & Furious 6
In 2013 the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious movie series was filmed in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Here’s the trailer so that you can find out which scenes have been shot in the Canaries:
2.) Clash of the Titans (2010) & Wrath of the Titans (2012)
The two fantasy adventure movies Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans not only boast a huge star cast (such as Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson und Ralph Fiennes) but also stunning pictures of Tenerife.
Most of the filming has actually been done on this beautiful island. Fancy a sample? The trailer of the second movie of the Titan series features amazing pictures of the National Park Teide.
For those preferring to experience the locations for themselves, the local trekking company “Patea tus Montes” offers a special “Clash of the Titans – Tour”. A pdf of the trail may be downloaded here.
3.) Exodus: Gods and Kings
This film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley was released in 2014.
The location shooting took place between Almería and Fuerteventura, there particular in Cofete, Punta de Jandía, El Cotillo, the valleys of Buen Paso and Los Canarios, Risco del Paso and Tebeto.
It’s impressive to see how the different landscapes of Fuerteventura turn into the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea:
4.) Moby Dick
The Canary Islands have been chosen twice for the film adaption of “Moby Dick”. The classic by Herman Melville narrates the sinking of the whaler Essex in 1820. Some scenes of the “Moby Dick” (1956) film, starring Gregory Peck and Orson Welles and directed by John Huston, were shot at Canteras beach in Gran Canaria.
The second time was in 2013, the year in which “In the Heart of the Sea”, featuring Ron Howard as director and Chris Hemsworth as main actor, was filmed. This time the location shooting took place in Lanzarote and La Gomera.
5.) Palm trees in the Snow
This Spanish film is an adaptation of the bestseller “Palmeras en la Nieve” by Luz Gabás, starring Mario Casas and Adriana Ugarte. The movie is set in the 1950’s and narrates the forbidden love between a European and an African girl on a seclucted island of Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony.
“Palm trees in the Snow” was shot between Huesca, Colombia and Gran Canaria. The island was the film location for 10 weeks. Although the majority of the scenes were filmed around the Finca de Osorio, close to Teror, Las Palmas, Arucas, Gáldar and Telde were also part of the location shooting.
For the movie the Finca de Osorio, an historic farmhouse amidst the nature reserve Parque Rural de Doramas, was turned into an exotic cocoa plantation.