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Tenerife – Spain - Pico del Teide (Mount Teide)

To start this blog off with a site packed with movie myths: Pico del Teide, Tenerife's vulcano and spain's highest mountain (but that are not the myths)

Planet of the apes (1968)
Many tour guides state this movie is partly shot on the lava field of Mount Teide on Tenerife, so did ours
But lately I discovered this to be not true. For nearly 20 years (It’s that long ago I visited Tenerife) I thought I’ve been on the ‘set’ of the original Planet of the Apes to now discover I wasn’t, or at least not on Tenerife. I might have been on the Arizona set though but I was a child when visiting that part of the USA and my interests in those days were certainly not Sci-Fi

Star Wars Episode III - revenge of the sith (2005)
Here’s another apparent myth, many state this film also was shot at Mount Teide on Tenerife but there’s no proof of that either.large_1297706_14632282302087.jpg
I even found a forum post on a Star Wars fan site where someone looked closely at the films credits to conclude Tenerife is not mentioned there.

So is the beautiful area around mount Teide never been used on the big screen?

Well, there are several movies that were shot there:


One million years B.C. (1966)

Intacto (2002) – a Spanish thriller movie

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Wrath of the Titans (2012)


I haven’t seen any of these movies yet so I can’t really say anything about them, maybe I will watch them sometime to see if I recognize

The scenery of the lava field in the national park is perfect for Sci-fi and fantasy movies so I expect other movies to follow

I visited Tenerife on my honeymoon in 1997, way before I went digital (and the marriage is history as well) so I scanned some of the pictures I took there and the better looking ones I ‘stole’ from the internet.

We went to El Teide [El-Teide-travel-guide-1321200] early morning in our rental car and passed some of the big busses on our way, getting up there as one of the first. Real pity we couldn’t get past the first station due to ice (it was February) When we were done looking around the visitors center the big busses had arrived and we went on our way back through the lava field, stopping on several places to take pictures. It’s very impressive, specially thinking it’s not really been that long since the last volcanic outbreak (1909)History tells the volcano erupts about every hundred years so another eruption can occur any day now. In 2010 I visited Lanzarote, a neighboring island with similar lava fields only a bit older (last outbreak 1824) You can easily imagine being on another planet on the lava fields on both Canary islands.


Posted by Stefmuts 03:22 Archived in Spain Tagged landscapes mountains volcano movies movie_locations

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