If you like cinema, you should know that there is a wide variety of films shot in Gran Canaria, whose directors chose the incredible natural landscapes of the island to provide greater realism and emotion to each one of its sets.

So, if you want to go through some of these “filming sets”, in this article we will give you a list of the 12 best movies shot in Gran Canaria.

What films were shot in Gran Canaria?

Large productions used natural settings from different countries to create realistic scenery and promote tourism in these regions. This is how Gran Canaria has been chosen on several occasions to be the scene of many films thanks to its spectacular subtropical landscapes.

Next, we will tell you which are the best movies shot on this beautiful island:

4L by Gerardo Olivares

This movie was directed by Gerardo Olivares and starred by Jean Reno, Enrique San Francisco, Hovik Keuchkerian and Francesc Garrido in the dunes of Maspalomas during 2018.  The premiere was on July 12, 2019, and during the promotion, both the actors and the director of this play highlighted the pleasant experience lived on the island.

Get Her… If You Can

In 2019, the film “What are you playing?” Was released, which used the capital of Gran Canaria as the setting to develop the main plot. This work belongs to Inés de León, whose ancestry comes from this island, so it turned out to be a very personal and very entertaining production for lovers of comedies.

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Taxi a Gibraltar

Another film shot in Gran Canaria is “Taxi a Gibraltar”, which was directed by Alejo Flah and performed by Dani Rovira, Ingrid García Johnson, and Joaquín Furriel. This national film production was also developed in the island’s capital. Its premiere was on November 14, 2019, and it is about a disparate group looking for treasures in the Gibraltar tunnel.

The Cliff

The best sets of the film “The Cliff” were filmed in Gran Canaria, among which are the Maritime Avenue of the capital and other localities on the island such as San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Its premiere was in 2016 and has been directed by Helena Taberna. The main actors were Daniel Grao, Juana Acosta, Goya Toledo, Ingrid García and Ciro Miró.

The Strategy of the Pekingese

Las Palmas was the perfect setting to shoot the movie “The Pekingese Strategy”, whose direction fell into the hands of Elio Quiroga, who adapted the novel of the same name to create an unforgettable work. The supporting actors were Kira Miró, Jorge Bosch and Unax Ugarte, managing to capture the essence of the island and the main plot.

Fast and Furious

Not only Spanish films have been filmed in Gran Canaria,  but also this island has been the favorite of film productions such international as the “A Todo Gas”(Fast and Furious) saga.

“A Todo Gas 6” starred Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodríguez; and the shooting used natural settings from Gran Canaria and Tenerife. 


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Wild Oats

Another of the films shot in Gran Canaria was “Wild Oats”. An American comedy starring stars such as Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Demi Moore, which was filmed for the most part at the wonderful facilities of the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort & Spa hotel.

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Memorable scenes were also filmed in this feature film in various historical places in the island’s capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, such as the Old Town of Vegueta, the Literary Cabinet and the Casa de Colón. Do not miss the trailer for the movie!


Another great international film production that used the islands of Gran Canaria as and Fuerteventura as the main stages was “Exodus”. This movie has been directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton, and Maria Valverde to interpret the classic story of the Biblical persecution of the Egyptian army against the people of Moses in the Red Sea.

 Ulysses vs. Hercules

The Dunes of Maspalomas was a perfect setting to shoot the movie “Ulysses vs. Hercules” in the 60s. Back then, there was no tourist complex, making it a perfect setting to simulate an ancient battle in the desert. If you had seen this film at the time, you can visit the Dunes of Maspalomas to relive the scenes from the film.

El Niño

At the south of the island of Gran Canaria, one of the scenes from the movie “The Child”, it’s where they recreated and recorded the accident of the helicopter at the seashore. Directed by Daniel Monzón and played by Luis Tosar, Eduard Fernández and Jesús Castro, the feature film was a box office success and won several film awards.

If you are interested in touring these fantastic sets of natural footage and recreating for yourself the movies shot in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, make your reservation at one of our hotels and enjoy a movie vacation.



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