The Canary Islands. Before watching this short film, I would have hazarded a guess that they were a Spanish territory and left it at that. Afterwards? I’m wondering where they’ve been all my life – because they certainly haven’t been in the travel media that I consume on a daily basis.
The Canary Islands are a volcanic archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, making them Spain’s most far-flung territory from the “motherland.” The lunar landscapes reminded me of Santorini, but with more warm tones of red, yellow and gold in contrast to Santorini’s colour coordinated blues and whites. The whale and tropical fish reminded me of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the lush rainforests dotted with jagged mountains reminded me of postcards of Central America. But all of these environments rolled into one? It reminded me of nowhere else on earth.
The film, shot as a tourism video celebrating the Canary Islands’ natural beauty, was made by NaturaHD Films. The wildlife filmmakers won a 2015 Travel Marketing Award for their efforts. NaturaHD Films have made it their mission to inspire people to discover and protect nature and wildlife, and in the case of the Canary Islands, they’ve definitely succeeded.
You can view more of NaturaHD Films incredible work on Vimeo.
Below are some of our favourite screenshots from the film: