The Department of Tourism The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city council proposes these days to travel to the city through the magic of cinema and lose yourself in its urban landscape through some of the movies that have been shot in the city.
tourism Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has embraced the motto promoted by the World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, ‘Stay home today so I can travel tomorrow’, in the face of the COVID19 pandemic, and encourages us to continue traveling from the comfort of home thanks to filmsMany of them are available to the public through the different audiovisual content platforms.
Productions such as Moby Dick, Palm Trees in the Snow or Allies to the most recent as The Pekingese strategy, Taxi to Gibraltar or The Wasp Network show different locations in the capital. Up to twenty titles have used different locations, some of them reference spaces for tourists and residents, such as Plaza de Santa Ana, the Literary Cabinet and the Plaza de Cairasco with the Madrid hotel, the Triana street, the Kiosco de San Telmo, the Las Canteras beach, the walk from La Puntilla to The Confital or the neighborhood of San Cristobal, among others.
Many of these productions are found in the two itineraries devised by Luis Roca, filmmaker and film writer, for Tourism in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Two self-guided routes that are now also a reference to search for films that have been filmed in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and that can be downloaded from the city’s official Tourism page.
Two cinema itineraries
The routes, which Tourism invites to put on our agenda for upcoming walks and trips, propose two options. The first one runs through the enclaves of Triana and Vegueta the old town of the capital of Gran Canaria and the second, for the Port area and the environment of the Las Canteras beach. In this time when you have to be at home, the references to these places allow you to learn more about the history of the city and its links with cinema.
All these locations, in fact, are related to an extensive list of films shot in the capital of Gran Canaria, such as Moby Dick (John Huston, 1956), Tirma (Paolo Moffa, Carlos Serranode Osma, 1956), Wonderful days (Sidney J. Furie, 1964), The children of the wind (Fernando Marinero, 1995), Like lightning (Miguel Hermoso, 1996), Photos (Elio Quiroga, nineteen ninety six), Mararía (Antonio José Betancor, 1998), The inner island (Tasty Felix and Dunia Ayaso, 2009), On the summer side (Antonio San Juan, 2012), The child (Daniel Monzón 2014), Rec 4: Apocalypse (Jaume Balagueró, 2014), Sheep don’t lose the train (Álvaro Fernández Armero, 2015), How to survive a farewell (Manuela Moreno, 2015), Palm trees in the snow (Fernando González Molina, 2015), Like queens (Andy Tenant, 2016), One hundred years of forgiveness (Daniel Calparsoro, 2016) and Allies (Robert Zemeckis, 2016).
The list of productions reveals the recent emergence of film productions in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (in the last years of the 20th century and the history of the 21st), and recalls some historical titles that also took shape in this city. In fact, in The Gran Canarian palms world-renowned stars such as Gregory Peck, Shirley MacLaine, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman or Marion Cottillard have worked; directors of the stature of John Huston or Robert Zemeckis have filmed; and figures of the first order of Spanish cinema have also passed, such as Ángela Molina, Mario Casas, Carmen Maura, Dani Rovira, Inma Cuesta, Geraldine Chaplin, Jose Coronado or Candela Peña.
Out of route
The guide also refers to other sites that are “off route“in the two proposed itineraries, but which have also had their starring role in different films. This is the case of the Hotel Santa Catalina, Tafira, the fishing district of San Cristobal, the Gran Canaria Arenathe old Insular Stadium, the Reina Sofía Dam or the Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria. And it is that films like Fire Opal: Merchants of Sex (1980), The Tomb of the Living Dead (1982), the documentary Anclados (2009), The daughter of the master (1928) or A clean shot (1996) were also filmed in the capital of Gran Canaria.