Canyoning in Castril Granada

The village of Castril de la Peña in the county of Granada has a beautiful river, Río Castril which is ideal for Canyoning, the sport of descending a river from it’s source. It varies in altitude from 800 to 2138 meters and is 12696 meters in length. The river has some of the most stunning countryside in Andalusia (Andalucía).

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The Sierra Castril Natural Park is to the South East of the Cazorla,Segura and Las Villas Natural park. It is a landscape carved by canyons, waterfalls, numerous peaks, grottos and galleries. Due to it’s rugged nature and climate give rise to ideal conditions for a wide and diverse flora and fauna.

Castril is a typical small Granadian town with stepped houses and steep streets. The centre of Castril is noted for the homogenous nature of it’s houses which are very much in harmony with the natural environment. They are not very tall, with white closed facades and both woodwork and arabic tiling are extensively used. The area is dedicated to agriculture, with the many olive and almond groves as well as large sheep farming community. It has a number of bars, restaurants, supermarkets and banks. It is the main market town for this region and is developing as a mountain tourist destination

Castril

Whirling Dervishes on stilts

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How to whirl downhill on a cobbled street and on stilts. Sounds impossible but in the fiestas of Anguiano a village in La Rioja they do it. The Danza de los Zancos is performed for the day of Patrona Santa María Magdalena 22nd of July. It is an old Spanish religious ritual dance.
The skill which is needed to perform this dance comes in that it takes place half a metre above ground, on 45 cm wooden stilts fastened on at the knees. It’s a tradition, passed on from generation to generation, which is known to date back to at least the early 17th century but is believed to have existed as long ago as pre-Christian times. Some say it owes its origins to the stilts which were once used to cross the area’s flooded and snowy terrain.

Tabernas Almeria Spaghetti western

Tabernas (link to video) is a village that nestles between the Sierra de Alhamilla and Sierra de Filabres in Almeria. The area is probably best known for featuring in many spaghetti westerns over the years. It was during the 1960′s that the area reached its peak in fame with more than 100 films being shot here due to the fact that it is the only European desert. Films such as “A Fistful of Dollars“, “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly” and “The Magnificent Seven” all used this landscape. For anyone interested in film there are various film sets built in the nature reserve of the Tabernas Desert, three of these are now theme parks, Mini Hollywood, Texas Hollywood and Western Leone.
The climate in this area can reach the extremes. In the summer it is quite common to reach 45 degrees and it rarely rains. In the winter zero degrees is not uncommon. The sunshine is so plentiful that since 1979 there has been a solar energy research station located here.  

Tabernas sits within an arid desert area and boasts some interesting buildings. There is a ruined Moorish fort dating back to the 11th century and an elegant parish church, dating from the 16th and 17th century. The Town Hall was built in the 18th and 19th century.

 

Festivals in Tabernas include St.Sebastian on the 20th January and the Night of the Donkeys on Easter Sunday.

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Tabernas Desert video locations

The desert is an ideal place to shoot commercials and music videos.Sergio Leone must have had the same impression as me, when he arrived in Almeria in 1964, because he decided to shoot his Clint Eastwood movies of the Spaghetti Western genre here.

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Sergio Leones Spaghetti Western desert

Westerns, such as ‘A Fistful of Dollars’, ‘For a few dollars more’, the Good the Bad and the ugly, were all filmed here (not in Arizona!). Typical Western towns were built , which you can still visit today and which are typical representations of the conquest of the American Wild West: There are three cowboy towns to choose from. This was the beginning of a frantic shooting of all sorts of genres in the Tabernas Desert. Thanks to the similarity of both deserts, it supplanted the US desert of the Mojave in many movies providing an ideal backdrop for the international film industry. Westerns, adventure, war, science fiction, comedy, advertising… the list is endless. The thing is that we have all seen not only the beauty of this desert but the entire province of Almeria in our favourite movies or commercial spots , but hardly anyone knows Tabernas, one of the most unique deserts of the world. Calatrava shown in the video is an ideal place for a small film crew.
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Giants in Spain

Giants also known as Gigantes or Gegants are most popular in the north of Spain. The smaller ones are called cabezudos. They offer a colorful backdrop to any scene. In this video they can be seen ascending above Alcorisa to El Calvario in the county of Teruel.

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Above Alcorisa

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Lush green rolling hills

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Bubbling brooks

Spain’s sheer size gives it a phenomenal diversity of film locations. In the county of Navarra which is situated in the north you can find Lush green rolling hills dotted with brooks and streams that bubble with pure fresh water. This thirst quenching image comes from the village of Baztan and it’s not long before this stream widens as it enters the township. Baztan is located about 35 miles from Pamplona the capital of Navarre. A land filled with traditions and customs that could be twined to a cross between the Scottish highlands and the Lake District. This area of Spain is magical for filming or as a holiday destination.

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Celina Zambon Flamenco dance

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Celina Zambon

Argentinean-born Celina Zambon—actress, master Flamenco dancer, choreographer, teacher and founder of the Celina Zambon Flamenco Dance Company—is the premiere authority on Flamenco dance and choreography in the Los Angeles dance market and Southern California region.  She has sixteen years of performance experience and has spent the last nine years as the artistic director of her LA-based Dance Company.  Zambon’s beautiful look, combined with her passionate style and precise technical dance execution make her the go-to performer and consultant for authentic technical and artistic direction in the ancient art of Flamenco dance.  Zambon is also an accomplished actress with credits in popular Argentinean television series, working with well-known directors, including Oscar-nominated Juan Jose Campanella.  Zambon continues to flourish as an actress and a dancer in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.  Most recently, she combined her acting and dance skills in her portrayal of “Martirio” in “Bernarda Alba’s House” by Federico Garcia Lorca at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires and danced in “Carmen” at Los Angeles Opera.

Celina Zambon Arte Gitano

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