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Blockbuster holiday locations

30th July 2009 Print
Blockbuster holiday locations The Canaries have long been an established holiday favourite, but this year the beauty of two islands – Lanzarote and Tenerife – landed them the star roles in two upcoming blockbuster movies: Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces starring Penelope Cruz and the remake of the Clash of the Titans with Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.

So if you ever needed an excuse to discover their unique lunar landscapes and volcanic backdrops, now is the time to go. still has a huge range of holiday homes available.

In addition, the Canaries are also set to be the backdrop for the remake of Oscar-winning prison-break classic Papillon, to be directed by Branko Lustig of Shindler’s List and Gladiator fame and rumoured to star Robert Downey Jnr and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Below is a selection of properties on both islands near the film sets with availability this summer and throughout the rest of the year. Take your pick from one of these or check out thousands more on

Lanzarote - Pretty 2-bedroom apartment with garden, BBQ and trampoline on Famara beach, Costa Teguise, offering stunning coastal views and located only 2 minutes to the beach and communal pool. It was in Famara that the main characters of Broken Embraces stayed when they were in Lanzarote. Ideal for windsurfers, surfers, cyclists and walking holidays. £450 per property per week - Gorgeous detached 4-bedroom villa with private pool, conveniently located in a quiet residential area of Costa Tequise. The fine sandy beach and main central area with many great restaurants, supermarkets and shops is just a few minutes walk away. The villa is well situated to explore the many tourist attractions of Northern Lanzarote, including Los Jameos del Agua – a big cave formed by a lava tube containing an auditorium praised by Almodóvar himself for its acoustics and which he chose for the first screening of the film. £630 to £1,414 per property per week - Beautiful 3-bedroom farmhouse in the heart of wine-producing valley La Geria, built on the ashes of the 18th century eruption. The grounds border on the Timanfaya National Park to the west and have spectacular views to the sea and the surrounding volcanoes. Approaching the house you pass a large levelled area which serves as car parking but also as a rain water collector, important in Lanzarote's dry climate. This leads via a stone arched doorway to the living areas, terrace, solarium and pool. The property also includes a wine cellar and pressing room, BBQ and a traditional Canarian oven. In the film, there are aerial shots of La Geria as the characters pass through the region in their car. £609 per property per week


All the below properties are in resorts which offer bus trips and excursions to Teide National Park, used as the setting for the Clash of the Titans. - Delightful 2-bedroom apartment in a secure complex in Los Christianos. Features a sunny terrace, equipped with table, chairs and sunbeds, overlooking a large central pool with adjoining children's pool, both of which are heated in the winter. The nearby beaches are kept clean and tidy and offer many sports opportunities. The focal point of Los Cristianos is the working harbour where small fishing boats weave in and out of the large ferries and jet foils. The harbour offers fishing trips, pleasure cruises, glass bottom boats, diving excursions and ferries to La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. £275 per property per week - Charming 2-bedroom apartment located in the exclusive complex of Palo Blanco, away from the rowdiness of the centre of Playa de las Americas, yet still within easy reach if you wish. Only 5 minutes walk to two sandy beaches of Torviscas and Fanabee. The prestigious Puerto Colon marina with its yachts, international restaurants and sandy beach fronted by seafood restaurants is also only a short stroll away. From here you can take a boat trip to see the whales and dolphins, go deep sea fishing for tuna and marlin, or just chill out and enjoy a drink overlooking the bay. £343 per property per week - Lovely 3-bedroom villa with private pool, terrace, garden, Jacuzzi and sea views, situated at La Florida between the two Tenerife villages of La Camella and Valle San Lorezo. The villa is set in a lovely green oasis in a quiet location but within a 10 minute drive of the beaches and resorts of Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas. You are away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts while being close enough to enjoy all the facilities. £699 to £895 per property per week

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Blockbuster holiday locations