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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Cadiz beach, Barbate and Los Caños de Meca

Famous site of the battle of Trafalgar. Yes it’s true the famous English square where Nelson stands, takes its name from Spain. Sometimes called “Cannonball reef” as you can still find cannonballs if you dive here.

 

 

The above shot is taken from Los Caños de Meca. Set in the county of Cádiz this idyllic beach with its tall standing, proud, iconic lighthouse lends itself towards beauty shots. The lighthouse is dramatic in close-up and elegant in a long shot. This elbow of Spain offers 25km of fine beaches.

 

Elegant Iconic lighthouse

Iconic lighthouse

 

Barbate Beach is located far away from the maddening crowd and is emerging as a hot spot among travelers due to its untouched beauty. Out of the many beaches dotting the coastline of Southern Spain, Playas de Barbate has the most beautiful beach that overlooks cool blue waters and is surrounded by lush green forest cover on the other side. It is surrounded by several other beaches as well.

 

Trafalgar lighthouse

Trafalgar lighthouse

 

The lighthouse actually sits out on a point in front of the white seaside village of Barbate.

 


Natural Cookie

 

 


Desert style sand dunes

 

The sand is that fine white beach sand that photographers dream of. The solitary coastline has a serene atmosphere that is ideal for taking leisurely strolls but if you are the adventurous type, then you can choose from a multitude of water sports that will fulfill your wild streak. A wealth of interesting corners to explore, an unspoilt natural environment, and above all tranquility and the chance to really rest. The slated wooden windbreaks make for a great natural Cookaloris (A Cookie is usually a 4ft x 4ft frame, but anything used to break the light up and cast shadows. Not to be confused with dingle)

As Barbate is a town with a maritime tradition, its no surprise that the local dishes are mainly based on the harvest of the sea. Here you will find excellent cuisine of squid, tuna, sole, dogfish and bream.

When it comes to fiestas, Barbate celebrates the Virgin Carmen in July, patron saint of fishermen. In February Barbate has a massive carnival and they also partake in the usual Semana Santa celebrations at Easter.

There are two and three star hotels locally and an hotel with four stars 45 minutes away.

The airport at Jerez de la Frontera (XRY) is about 1hr 15 mins away.

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El Torcal Antequera

This is a world where time has stood still.

 

 

Where eagles soar on thermals and Ibex roam.

El Torcal Nature Reserve is famous for it’s strange rock formations of limestone. Situated about 30 km north of Málaga city in the direction of Antequera near the village of Villanueva de la Concepción, within it is about 17 square km and contains some of the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe. The Jurassic age limestone is about 150 million years old and was laid down in a marine corridor that extended from the Gulf of Cádiz to Alicante between the present Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. 1 million years BC or Jurassic Park could have been filmed here.

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