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Famous Movies Set in Tenerife

Although thousands of people book holidays to Tenerife every year, celebrities also like to hang out on its sandy beaches and cool Mediterranean shores. You might think Tenerife is a prime location for blockbuster films like Planet of the Apes or Star Wars, and local tour guides encourage the rumours, which are simply not true! The following films, however, were filmed on the glittering banks of the biggest island in the Canaries:

Clash of the Titans (2010)

This is a fantasy action remake of the film from 1981, which was loosely based on the myth of Perseus (who was one of the first heroes of Greek mythology, battling monsters like the Gorgon Medusa). In the film, Perseus (Sam Worthington), son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), battle monsters from the underworld to stop them from overthrowing the world. Some of the scenes were filmed at the Teide National Park in Tenerife, home to the Teide volcano and the most-visited national park in Spain. The sequel, Wrath of the Titans (also filmed in Tenerife), is due to be released on March 30.

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Starring Charlton Heston, the original Planet of the Apes tells the story of an astronaut crew that land on a planet in the distant future inhabited by apes that have assumed the role of the dominant species while humans are enslaved. While this film has gorgeous beachside locations that easily could have been in Tenerife (some say in La Orotava near Puerto de la Cruz), Tenerife Magazine says it’s no more than a rumour.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

A movie that was undeniably filmed in Tenerife (and oddly, also in the science fiction genre) is the cult classic from Douglas Adams, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, featuring Bill Nighy, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, John Malkovich and Alan Rickman. The opening scene is actually a dolphin show in the Loro Parque Zoo in Puerto de la Cruz, which has four Orcas and a huge collection of different species of parrot.

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Probably the biggest blockbuster film set in Tenerife was One Million Years B.C. This film was released in 1966 and starred Raquel Welch wearing “mankind’s first bikini”. Set loosely in prehistoric times, it’s about how Caveman Tumak and his girlfriend Loana handle the harsh realities of monsters and volcanoes when they’re banished from their respective tribes. Tenerife’s landscape and wildlife (particularly the gorgeous, endemic Tower of Jewels) feature prominently, and in order to simulate the eruption of the Teide volcano, the studio used wallpaper paste, oatmeal, dry ice and red dye.

A pretty place on film, but even better in real life, Tenerife’s unique scenery has caught peoples’ imaginations for centuries. Have you recognized Tenerife on TV? Let us know in the comments or check out our great range of deals to book your own cheap holiday to Tenerife.