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Canary Islands

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Total Area: 7 main islands covering 7,447 km²
Population Total (2009): 2,098,593
Ethnic Groups: 71% Canarian, 12.5% Spanish, 16.5% foreign (European, African, Latin American)
Population Density: 281/km²
Currency: Euro
Voltage: 220v, standard European plugs.

The Spanish territory of the Canary Islands is situated just 100km off the west coast of Africa and some 1800km due south from Madrid, on the same latitude as the Western Sahara and Florida. The 7 islands form part of a larger archipelago known as Macronesia, which also includes the Portuguese islands of Madeira & The Azores as well as the Cape Verde Islands of Senegal.

It is this geographical position that gives the Canary Islands its enviable, year round climate and a rich and varied culture, with influences from Europe, Africa and the Americas... so much more than the image of "bucket and spade" tourism.

The environmental importance of the Canaries has international recognition; the islands are home to 3 World Heritage sites, 3 protected Marine Reserves and 5 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, including the ENTIRE islands of La Palma, Lanzarote and El Hierro. This is great news for the film producer, as it means there are diverse range of pristine locations that "feel" remote and far away, but are actually easily accessible.

For the film & TV producer or photographer, there are many advantages to using the Canary Islands as a shooting location:

  • Just 4 hours flying time from Northern Europe and always on the same time-zone as London.
  • Politically stable with a modern infrastructure and numerous international airports and plenty of modern 4 & 5 star hotels.
  • A reliable internal transportation system of ferries and island hopping flights.
  • An established film & TV industry with an experienced & multilingual crew and modern equipment available.
  • Often called "a continent in miniature", the islands offer up a diverse range of natural locations in one easily containable space; from deserts to rainforests and mountains to desolate beaches.
  • A large variety of different architectural interiors and exteriors from modern cities to tiny mountain villages and chill out bars to colonial churches.


a few rainy days (5), relatively low amount of precipitation (18 mm), pleasant temperatures during the day (20.6 °C / 69.1 °F), not very cold nights (14.7 °C / 58.5 °F).

lanzaCapital: Arrecife
Area: 845 km²
Population: 139,506
Airports: 1. Arrecife (ACE - International & internal ) 5km from Arrecife.

Photography, Film & TV Production Services Lanzarote

Lanzarote is situated just 120km off the coast of Africa and is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. The island is 60km long and 20 km wide, making it the fourth largest island in the Canaries. There are plenty of direct international flights from the main cities in Europe, as well as regular inter-island flights. However moving large amounts of equipment from Tenerife can take up to 2 days by ferry.

Lanzarote is volcanic in origin and due to the recent eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to be from another world, often described as 'Lunar' or 'Martian'.

The dry climate (and lack of erosion) means that the volcanic landscape appears much as it did just after the eruptions.The local authorities regulate the amount and style of development in Lanzarote, which means that there is no billboard advertising and no high rise buildings.

Read more: Lanzarote Information

tenerifeCapital: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Area: 2,034 km²
Population: 886,033
Airports: 2: Los Rodeos TFN (North) 11km from Santa Cruz, & Reina Sofia TFS (South) 65km from Santa Cruz, in the southern tourist region.

Photography, Film & TV Production Services Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the 7 Canary Islands and usually the easiest island to work on, as the majority of the freelance crew and equipment is based here and there are a huge variety of location types to choose from. The Film!CanaryIslands offices are based here, in the south of Tenerife, 3km from TFS airport and 5km from the main tourist area.

Read more: Tenerife Information

gomeraCapital: San Sebastian
Area: 369 km²
Population: 22,622
Airports: 1. La Gomera (GMZ- internal flights only), 34km from San Sebastian.

Photography, Film & TV Production Services La Gomera

La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, situated just 30km off the south coast of Tenerife. The islands is accessible by fast vehicle ferry in just 35 minutes from Los Cristianos harbour or by internal flights from Tenerife North or Gran Canaria.

The Gomera scenery is surprisingly varied and full of contrasts; impressive gorges, grand rock monoliths, marvellous palm groves and the Garajonay National Park, which offers an unprecedented ecological treasure of crystal clear waters and lush laurel forests.

Read more: La Gomera Information

canariaCapital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Area: 1,560 km²
Population: 829,597
Airports: 1: Las Palmas (LPA - international and internal) 19km from Las Palmas.

Photography, Film & TV Production Services Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is the third largest islands after Tenerife and Fuerteventura and is served by daily flights from many different European cities, and from all the other islands. There is some equipment for rent in Gran Canaria or it can come over from Tenerife by ferry, a 45 minute crossing from Santa Cruz.

Gran Canaria offers many of the location types to be found on Tenerife but there are a few good reasons to shoot on the island.

Read more: Gran Canaria Information

palmaCapital: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Area: 706km²
Population: 86,528
Airports: 1: La Palma (SPC - internal and some international charter) 8km from Santa Cruz.

Photography, Film & TV Production Services La Palma

La Palma is known as La Isla Bonita (The Beautiful Island) and is the greenest and most luscious of the Canary Islands. In the northern interior is the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, essentially an enormous volcanic crater or landslide, and on the outside of the crater there is an abundance of two million year old Laurel pine forests and plummeting waterfalls. There is minimal tourism, with most visitors coming to enjoy trekking and hiking in the spectacular scenery.

The island is accessible by plane from all the main Canary Islands, and heavy equipment can be transported by a daily vehicle ferry (2.5hrs) from Los Cristianos harbour in south Tenerife.

Read more: La Palma Information

fuerteCapital: Puerto del Rosario
Area: 1,660 km²
Population: 100,929
Airports: 1: Fuerteventura (FUE - International and internal) 5km from Puerto del Rosario.

Photography, Film & TV Production Services Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the closest Canarian Island to the African coast with only 100km separating the 'Punta de la Entallada' from Cape Juby in Morroco, and is the second largest of the islands, after Tenerife.

The island is celebrated for its spectacular beaches of white sand and there are no fewer than 152 of them, totaling some 50km in length. The sand dunes at Corralejo are another exceptional location.

All types of water sports are practiced here.

Fuerteventura is accessible by air from most major European cities as well as internal flights from the other Canary Islands. Heavy equipment can be transported by ferries either directly from Tenerife or via Gran Canaria.

Read more: Fuerteventura Information


Capital: Valverde
Area: 278 km²
Population: 10,754
Airports: 1: El Hierro (VDE - internal flights only) 10km from Valverde.

Photography, Film & TV Production Services El Hierro

Few places conserve their authenticity and natural values like the island of El Hierro, which is the smallest and the youngest island in the Canary Archipelago, being formed some 5 million years ago.

Spectacular cliffs make up most of its coastline, and its highest point is the Peak of Malpaso at 1501m. El Hierro has amazing and contrasting landscapes; lava fields, traditional farmland with indigenous livestock, extensive pine forests, ancient misty cloud forests and more than 200 volcanic craters. The entire island became a listed UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000.

Until Columbus discovered America, Europe believed that El Hierro was the “end of the earth”. Ptolemy placed the prime meridian (0º longitude) at the island’s most south-easterly point, the Orchilla Lighthouse, but in 1884, without prior consultation, the home of the meridian was moved to Greenwich.

SCUBA diving in El Hierro is extraordinary, with the biggest and most abundant marine life found anywhere in the Canaries.

El Hierro is accesible from Tenerife North airport and heavy equipment can be transported by fast vehicle ferry (2.5hrs) from Los Cristianos harbour in south Tenerife.

Read more: El Hierro Information