Touring Movie Locations on Tenerife

Wed, February 13th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

This week the trailer for the sixth version of the Fast and the Furious movie series, unimaginatively titled Fast & Furious 6, was launched onto the internet.

It’s always exciting to see Tenerife featured on the big screen, even if the movies shot here so far are never going to make it up the red carpet to the Oscars. Tenerife’s incredibly diverse terrain and mix of cities that could be Spanish or South American should have movie makers queuing up to shoot scenes on the island.

 

Clash of the Titans set, Tenerife

 

But so far that hasn’t proved to be the case with only a handful of familiar titles being filmed on the island over the decades.

Despite what tour guides say neither Star Wars nor Planet of the Apes were filmed on Tenerife. One Million Years B.C., The Land That Time Forgot, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and both Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans were filmed on Tenerife, as well as a lot of Spanish productions.

Last summer Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and The Rock turned parts of Tenerife into a battleground for the Fast and the Furious 6 (release date May 2013).  The island looks lovely, lush and tropical in the opening scenes of the trailer as an aerial shot pans over Garachico and then shifts to Vin and Dwayne Johnson against an inviting backdrop of ruddy cliffs and swaying palms. San Juan de la Rambla might not see many tourists on its old streets but Hollywood spotted its potential and that of the most beautiful stretch of Tenerife’s coastline.
The unfinished motorway between Guia de Isora and Santiago del Teide provided a playground for the film-makers to smash up sports cars and a tank or two.

 

 

For anyone interested in treading in the footsteps of Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton and the Clash of the Titans’ crew, the Tenerife Tourist Board include a tour of that film’s locations on their website.

The route starts at the former capital of La Laguna before heading into the hills and the pine and eucalyptus forest around Las Raices where some scenes were shot. From there the action moves to the crater floor beneath Mount Teide and the seat of the gods at the Minas de San José. Thankfully the giant scorpions from the film left with the crew.

After leaving the crater, locals like to escape into the shade of forest at the Chio zona recreativa (picnic zone). It looks like monsters are no different. It was around here that Perseus battled it out with the horny Calibos.

 

Los Gigantes, Boat Trips, Tenerife

 

The route ends at the sunny west coast where sea scenes were filmed beyond the harbour at Playa San Juan, at the Punto de Teno and beneath the Los Gigantes cliffs.

From Los Gigantes there are plenty of boats ferrying people on whale and dolphin spotting excursions that follow in the wake of Perseus’ ship.

But a word of warning, these are the waters where the Kraken lurked. Who knows what else patrols these mythical waters.

Posted : Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Category : days out
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