7 Spanish volcanic islands
with an incredible variety of landscapes
The Canary Islands are a group of 7 Spanish volcanic islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 95 km off the north-east coast of Africa. They are part of the larger collection of islands called Macaronesia. Since they are part of the European Union, their currency is the euro (€).
The archipelago has a total population of 2,133,677 inhabitants, of which 75% are Canarian, 11% come from elsewhere in Spain and 14% are foreigners. The official language is Spanish.
The most popular islands are Gran Canaria and Tenerife, while Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro continue to be more rural and untouched. Their beaches, climate, nature reserves and much more make the islands one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world, with more than 12 million visitors per year.
Many areas of the Canary Islands are part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve and have been declared World Heritage Sites.
Why come to the Canary Islands to film?
- As part of Europe, the Canary Islands are included in the Schengen Agreement, which allows free movement of goods and people from the European Union.
- The islands are the only region in the European Union with a subtropical climate all year round.
- They have an unlimited and varied selection of natural locations in both urban and rural settings.
- Since they play host to numerous international productions each year, there is a large selection of highly qualified and multilingual technical teams.
- It could not be easier to reach them by air, with a large number of international flights to most of the islands. The trip from Central Europe takes less than four hours.
- In terms of transport, the country is part of the ATA Carnet system. Because of this and the magnificent inter-island air and sea connection services, it is very easy to travel with technical equipment.
- There is a wealth of experienced suppliers with an extensive background in the film and television industries.
- The region offers the technical and safety assurances of Spain. As an internationally established tourist destination, the Canary Islands are a leading pacesetter in terms of infrastructure development and variety of high-quality hotel accommodation.