The “Star Wars” reference no doubt relates to the fact that parts of “Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”, as well parts of “The Planet of the Apes”, had been filmed on location at El Teide, the local volcano which we had visited a couple of days previously. The tour guides took great pride in informing us of this as we were bussed through the rocky, dusty, almost alien-like landscape which certainly resembled the rockier parts of Tattooine where Jabba’s castle was supposed to be. I even caught myself scouting anctiously for Sand People that might peek out from behind boulders, and told me not to be silly.
There was of course not a word of truth in this: The Tattooine parts of “Episode VI” were shot in Tunisia, just like with “Episode IV”, and “The Planet of the Apes” was shot entirely in USA, but we can’t very well let actual facts get in the way of good tourism, can we now?
I still want that X-Wing, though!