Spain’s Tenerife is an exotic, laid-back and photogenic island perfect for romantic and period films. It also has one of the best tax regimes in Europe
Tenerife, a Spanish Island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. Tenerife is dramatic, beautiful and full of possibilities, as well as being one of Europe’s most exciting islands. With a great climate offering sunny days whenever you shoot in Tenerife, it is a sure bet for those seeking a lively, sizzling location.
From beaches to mountain bikes, Adeje Cove, El Teide (third largest volcano in the world) and the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife will sweep you off your feet. While historical monuments are scattered all around the country, contemporary ones make their presence felt in the metropolitan areas. Swanky resorts, cafés and spas are places where one would like to wind down, but it is the street markets in the south that have the best antiques and traditional handicrafts.
Tenerife is a rugged and volcanic isle sculpted by successive eruptions throughout its history. Due to this, there is a diversity of landscapes that can be explored. The Massifs, the Dorsales, Valleys and Ravines, vast coastline, national parks and flora and fauna are overwhelming and very picturesque.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital and San Cristóbal de La Laguna is the second city of this quaint island. Also, the capital encloses the architectural symbol of the Canary Islands, the modern Auditorio de Tenerife.
To sum up, Tenerife is not only photogenic for romantic films but thanks to its historical style and rocky land, it is ideal for period films. What’s more – the country provides one of the best tax advantages which in turn enhance the exquisiteness of this place.
• Separate permits will be required to shoot at the north and south airports
• The image of the Auditorio de Tenerife is copyright, so any use of this image in any format will also require a permit
• For beaches and mountains or any public area, a permit has to be obtained from the Town Hall and Coastal District
• To film in nature reserves, a permit must be applied for from Área de Medio Ambiente y Paisaje (Landscape and Environment Area), at least 10 working days prior to the beginning of filming
• The permit for any kind of filming on the island’s roads is given by the Servicio Técnico de Conservación y Explotación de Carreteras
• To carry out film activities in the Teide National Park, authorisation must be obtained from the park authorities
INCENTIVES AND SUBSIDIES
Subsidies for co-production from the Canarian Government
The Canarian Government, through the Culture and Sports Sub-Department, promotes the film and audiovisual sector, as a way of developing cultural values, contributing to economic development, creating employment and the development of an audiovisual industry.
For this reason, the Canarian Government has set up a funding plan for the audiovisual sector, which is announced every year (between May and July), and which is organised by the Sociedad Pública Canarias Cultura en Red SA.
The best tax advantages for your business in Europe
Tenerife has a low tax regime. It is found within the Zona Especial Canaria (ZEC), a regime of tax benefits authorised in the year 2000 by the European Commission, and extended until 2019, to promote the social and economic development of the archipelago and diversify production sectors. Among its many advantages is the low rate of corporation tax, at 4 per cent, instead of 32.5 per cent, applied in the rest of Spain, or the application of IGIC (Impuesto General Indirecto Canario), which is 5 per cent, as a substitute for VAT.