I could sit here and tell you all about how the Canary Islands offer fantastic temperatures year-round, beaches to die for and hotels with swimming pools you’ll never want to leave. But, did you know that this collection of islands has been inspiring the film and literary world for decades? Join me while I explore the Canaries’ creative charm.
IN THE MOVIES
Herman Melville’s world-renowned novel, “Moby Dick”, came to the big screen by way of Director John Huston in 1950. But, it was in fact Gran Canaria that featured in the closing scenes of this American epic.
Once you’ve explored the landscape where this movie classic was made, stay at Sunwing Arguineguin Seafront. The little ones will love having fun in our Lollo & Bernie Kids’ Club, and you can relax after a long day of exploring in the room you chose after using our Choose Your Room service.
Lanzarote and Tenerife
In late 1965, one of the most famous British-made films, featuring an iconic image of Raquel Welch in a fur bikini, was shot on the islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife. “One Million Years B.C.” required an active volcano, and, although Lanzarote and Tenerife are both volcanic islands, film makers had to fashion lava out of wallpaper paste, porridge oats, dry ice and red dye.
The 2014 biblical epic, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, starring Christian Bale, split it’s filming locations between Spain’s Andalusia and Fuerteventura. A number of locations were used on the Canary Island’s second largest island, including: Cofete, Punta de Jandía, El Cotillo, the valleys of Buen Paso and Los Canarios, Risco del Paso and Tebeto. Most impressive fact? The scene where Moses parted the Red Sea was filmed in Fuerteventura; how very holy!
INSPIRING A LITERARY LEGEND
After a traumatic few years for the British writer, it’s said that Agatha Christie retreated to Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife to complete her successful novel, “The Mystery of the Blue Train”. However, when Christie visited, Tenerife was deprived of any white sand beaches; something she greatly missed.
In search of those soft sands, Christie headed to Gran Canaria, where she began writing “The Companion”; one of the mysteries included in her collection of short stories, “The Thirteen Problems.” Within this story, inspiration she felt from the island is certainly apparent, particularly the beach of Las Nieves.
Landscapes on the Canary Islands have an almost chameleon-like ability to allow for backdrops and settings to be vividly portrayed; an inviting prospect for creative types. Offering sandy beaches, mountain ranges, lush vineyards and lively harbours, you’ve got to experience the magic for yourself. Who knows, it might inspire a great novel in you!
Has a holiday ever inspired you to get creative or start up a new hobby? I’d love to know in the comments below.