Lagoons Lakes & Waterfalls La Mancha

A series of 16 lagoons / lakes and 50 waterfalls Along a river. If you cant find the waterfall you want here, it may not exist.

The 16 interconnected lakes which make up the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de Ruidera stretch for 20 km through a valley.

They allegedly take their time from a story in Don Quixote. Cervantes, in Don Quixote, says that there are seven of these small lakes; actually there are sixteen. You sense their presence even before you finally see them, after driving through some of the driest countryside in Spain.

This, indeed, is Don Quixote country — La Mancha, the sunbaked Arabic ‘wilderness’ whose heatwaves had a notoriously hallucinogenic effect on the wits. The road from Argamasilla de Alba to Ruidera  is lined with poplars and there are gentle undulations in the flat Manchegan landscape, announcing an imminent change of scenery.

Between the first lagoon, Blanca and that of Cenegal, there is a 120 metres drop, and the remaining lagoons form a chain and are connected via waterfalls, brooks, and underground currents. Las Lagunas de Ruidera are considered to be the source of the river Guadiana. They are supplied by the waters of underground aquifers and the river Pinilla. The main vegetation is made up of reeds, bulrushes, rushes, near the lagoons, and well as junipers and holm oaks. In their waters you can spot barbel, carp, pike and tortoises.

Click the image to see the full video of all the Waterfalls. It's spectacular

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Free the horses (Saca las Yeguas)

This amazing spectacle happens on the 26th of June

The mares and foals are driven from the Doñana National park through Almonte in Huelva. The spectacle of seeing hundreds of mares (Yeguas) driven through the town and past the church, is breathtaking. The sound is also impressive.

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Across the river and along the beach

It looks more like the set of a Western in Mexico than a sleepy corner of Spain, when the wild Doñana horses are rounded up by modern day cowboys to take part in the famous El Rocío celebrations. This is “la saca de las yeguas”, the rounding up of mares. Its purpose is to count, disinfect, worm and brand the wild herd, as well as to remove foals to sell at market the following day.

The Rocio festival is in full swing by now. But that’s another story for another post. There are many spectacular points to view and film the horses.

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Beach Playa Es Trenc Mallorca

This beach will certainly give the Maldives a very good run for the money with it’s peaceful location, three kilometers of white sand and beautiful azure sea.

The beach has something to offer everyone. If you want gently sloping sands and shallow water, then you’ll find it here. If you want slightly deeper sloping sands to save you a bit of a wade, then it has that, too.
The beach is flanked by stunning sand dunes – find a quiet spot and you’ll feel miles from anywhere.
There are naturists dotted about, but it’s not compulsory.

Chiringuito Es Trenc Beach Bar

Si disfrutas de las playas virgenes abiertas, diferentes de las localizaciones donde los turistas suelen pasar sus vacaciones, deberías venir a Es Trenc. Este trozo de costa en Mallorca está formado por varios kilómetros de playas de arena blanca con su dunas y vegetación original y es la unica de su clase que permanece en su estado puro original en Mallorca. Te sugerimos que disfrutes de un dia en sus limpias aguas azul cristalinas. Puedes escoger el lugar que más te guste dentro de la extensión de estas playas..

Le Salne Salt mine if you need a white back drop

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Riotinto Huelva

Riotinto is famous for it’s open cast mine. I can not describe how big this hole is, you have to stand next to it to get a real perspective. It has a surreal, almost lunar landscape.

The principal minerals extracted here were iron ore, copper, silver and many others including the deadly sulphur. The mine has a history heaped with sadness. I will not dwell on who, how or why. But basically the rich exploited the poor. The story is clouded in myth since the age of King Solomon as these are supposedly his mines.

Riotinto desert

The disused, rusting rolling stock and train yard has been left as it was since it’s last commercial days. The area lends itself to stunning photography. There is a working train which takes tourists on a tour around the mine, shown in this video.

70Kms away the port of Huelva, thrived on the exploits of the mine.

Muelle de Huelva

The surrounding area of Rio Tinto is a landscape within a landscape.


The years of exploiting the earths resources give the land and waters of the region odd, magical shades of blue, green, yellow, reds and browns. It is not uncommon to see orange and blue rivulets meandering through the desert landscape.

Rio Tinto

The village of Riotinto has a population of about 4’200 (2009) and is part of the province of Huelva.

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Almeria Desert video location

I’ve filmed here several times including music videos for Richard Hawley and Add N to X. As well as commercials, for Mazda. The desert receives about 24 cm of rain a year. Together, the high temperatures all year round (average temperature of 18°C) and one of the longest levels of sun exposure possible (3000 hours) produce the dry climate that gives rise to this true desert, ideal for filming.

Sandwiched between the Granada mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Gador, Filabres and Alhamilla is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Spain, the desolate Desierto de Tabernas.

The Desert of Tabernas, because of its similarities with the North American deserts like the Far West of the American West, northern Africa, the Arabian deserts, and its lunar landscape, served from 1950s and is still used today for the shooting of many films and westerns. The spaghetti westerns were shot at the three main film sets, Texas Hollywood, Mini Hollywood, and Western Leone.

The local European airport, with both modern and rural hotels, make it easy to travel to. There are also conference hotels geared towards filming. The local tapas bars are very cheap and diversified. The city has several top class restaurants.

Horses and trekking are easy to organize as Almeria is a horse orientated county. Being a coastal city there are hundreds of beaches to choose from.

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.

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Lawrence of Arabia in the Almeria desert

My blog would not be complete if I didn’t give a mention to the sets and locations from the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. With too many stars to mention including, Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif. Especially as I used to live on the farm where the railway sets were built.

The locations are still there although some now have additions like roads and electricity pylons. But Almeria still has a wealth of desert, beach inland mountains and coast locations to offer.

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Spectacular roads

There are spectacular roads leading in to the desert ideal car commercial locations. With stunning views and vistas.

Caravaca

An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence (Peter O’Toole blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in London at the age of 47, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army with Omar Sharif and for two years leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire.

Beach location in Spain Almonte Huelva

The beach is 7 kilometers long and the seashore has an average width of 80 meters. Its golden and fine sand, its mobile dunes, Mediterranean climate and clean water make it a gift from Nature.

Torre la Higuera

It is known for having an ancient upside down tower on the sand called Torre la Higuera.

Dunes Matalascanas

Dunes Donaña

It also has some spectacular dunes behind the beach. Eventually turning into forest as you reach the Donaña National Park.

A few kilometers further along the beach you can find the beach front town of Matalascañas, Almonte.

Matalascañas Beachfront town

Almonte has a population of 19,641 and enough local shops for any extras and last minute props and dressing.

Camera, Grip and lighting equipment are not local, so if your thinking of a big film shoot allow half a day for trucks and generator travel.

There are smaller hostals and hotels close to the beach for easier main crew travel. And some 4 and 5 star hotels a bit further out for artists and management.

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In the Donaña National Park wild horses roam the plains and forest.

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