The Films of Tenerife: From Jason Bourne to Fast and Furious

With Matt Damon currently filming the latest Bourne movie on the Streets of Santa Cruz, we’ve taken a look at some of the other big blockbusters that were filmed on the beautiful island of Tenerife. From Fast and Furious to Clash of the Titans, the lush, rocky landscape of Tenerife has attracted numerous film makers over the years, but despite common misconceptions, Planet of the Apes was not filmed on the island – but we’re pretty sure the latest Jason Bourne adventure will make up for that come July!

Mount Teide

Mount Teide

Clash of the Titans

This action fantasy film based on Greek mythology was huge in the cinemas and made Greek mythology look cool again, though it wasn’t actually filmed in Greece!

The 2010 blockbuster was filmed in the Teide National Park in Tenerife.  Teide National Park is the most-visited national park in Spain and home to the Teide volcano, where much of the movie was shot. Apparently the directors liked Tenerife so much they decided to film the 2012 sequel, Wrath of the Titans there too!


teide national park

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Tenerife seems to be the perfect place to shoot a science fiction film as the 2005 classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was filmed in various locations across the island including the Loro Parque Zoo in Puerto de la Cruz. This popular zoo was the set for the famous opening scene which shows a spectacular dolphin display complete with hoop jumps and backflips – something you could see for yourself on a holiday to Tenerife!

Loro Park

One Million Years B.C.

Probably the biggest blockbuster on our list, One Million Years B.C., took full advantage of Tenerife’s volcanic, lunar-like appearance, perfectly lending itself to the prehistoric theme of the film.

The 1966 classic sees Raquel Welch, scantily clad in her cavewoman bikini, running from dinosaurs amidst a backdrop of the Teide National Park and the beautiful Tower of Jewels plants which are native to the island.

Mount Teide, Tenerife

‘Moon like’ Mt Teide National Park

Fast and Furious 6

The sixth instalment of everyone’s favourite street racing movie stars Vin Diesel zooming along the rocky landscapes of Tenerife. Local officials were said to be so accommodating to the film crew that they repaved the stretch of road for one of the main car chases and closed them for several weeks to film – but don’t worry, with filming finished in 2013, you can now give the roads a go yourself, perhaps driving a little slower though…


Bourne 5

Last but by no means least is the newest chapter in the Bourne Legacy films. Matt Damon recently took to Tenerife on the back of a police motorcycle to film a high-speed car chase through the streets of Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s capital city. The movie, rumoured to be titled ‘The Bourne Betrayal’, is not due out till July 2016 so if you fancy catching a glimpse of Jason Bourne himself, better get yourself out to Tenerife soon!

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz


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