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Visit scenic filming locations in Spain from Wonder Woman 1984

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This year’s Christmas blockbuster movie was Wonder Woman 1984. Released on Christmas Day at the movie theaters and on HBO Max, the film is full of drama and action. However, it also reveals stunning landscapes. It turns out the action film was captured in a number of scenic locations across the world, including the US, UK and Spain. Here we explore the beautiful Spanish locations that were used as a backdrop to Wonder Woman 1984.

Mount Teide Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Photo: Mount Teide panorama CC BY 2.0 Tony Hisgett

About Wonder Woman 1984

The latest blockbuster is set in the 1980s, where evil is once again threatening the fate of the world. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is the only one who can save the world. She will use her superhero powers to rescue the world from the evil plans of failing businessman and TV personality, Max Lord (Pedro Pascal).

The Warner Bros. Pictures movie is directed by Patty Jenkins and also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor and Kristen Wiig as Barbara/Cheetah. As reported by Entertainment Chronicle, the film was simultaneously released at movie theatres and on HBO Max on Christmas Day.

In the film, Diana Prince works as a cultural anthropologist at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. The evil Lord steals an ancient artifact from the museum which has magical powers and can grant any wish. Lord uses these powers to make himself even more super-powerful and successful. However, he also gets the artifact to grant dangerous wishes for those people who are useful to him.

Wonder Woman 1984 was filmed in a number of Spanish locations. These include Diana Prince’s birthplace, where flashback scenes of the Amazon Games during her childhood are revealed. The fictional island of Themyscira was set in two of the Canary Islands of Spain – Fuerteventura and Tenerife.

- About Fuerteventura in Spain's Canary Islands

Fuerteventura lies just 62 miles off the African coast. The island is described as having a Martian-like landscape, best seen from the Mirador Astronomico de Sicasumbre viewpoint. Most of the mountains are low in Fuerteventura, with the tallest being the Pico de La Zarza. The second largest island in the archipelago also boasts some of the largest and best beaches in all the Canary Islands. Moreover, Fuerteventura has a number of popular beach resorts around its coastline.

The island also offers year-round sunshine, at around a hot 3,000 hours each year. Fuerteventura was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009 due to its unspoiled landscapes and rich fossil record, with 50 paleontological sites of global importance.

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

- About Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain

Tenerife is rightfully known as the Island of Eternal Spring, due to its warm and temperate climate all year round. The beach resorts in the southern part of the island offer white sandy beaches, great restaurants and lively nightlife. Each year, the island throws a fabulous Carnaval celebration that is second only to that of Rio de Janeiro.

For culture lovers, there are also fascinating museums and art galleries, just waiting to be explored. On top of this, Tenerife’s remote mountain-ridge villages and ancient towns are full of charm. Those who love nature can enjoy tropical forest walks, hiking, water sports, volcanic scenery and more. The scenery is famously backed by the snow-capped Pico del Teide, the tallest mountain in Spain.

Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain

- Andalucia, Spain

While the movie is partly set in Cairo, Egypt, a number of those scenes were captured in southern, mainland Spain. These include the Alcazaba fortified complex in Malaga, one of the most powerful Moorish citadels in the country.

- About Malaga

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and boasts fabulous beaches. However, the city also has many fascinating museums to explore, including the Picasso Museum, the Automobile Museum and more. Malaga is also a shopping Mecca, with all the best fashion outlets lining Calle Larios and Calle Nueva. Restaurants in the city offer international and traditional Spanish cuisine.

Historic sites include the Alcazaba fortified complex mentioned here, which spreads itself down a steep hill with the remains of a Roman amphitheatre at the bottom. On the hilltop, the Castillo Gibralfaro is also a worthy visit.

Alcazaba, Malaga, Costa del Sol in southern Spain

- Wall of Hayran in Almeria

Other scenes in the film were shot at the Wall of Hayran, which was built in the 11th century by a king of the same name. He was the first governor of the Taifa (a Moorish dominion) in Almeria. The wall runs from a fortified complex through the Hoya Gorge and down to the Cerro de San Cristobal Hill.

Wall of Hayran, Almeria
Image Wikimedia Commons

If you loved Wonder Woman 1984, make sure you visit these beautiful and striking filming locations on your next visit to Spain. Read about other filming locations for the movie here.


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