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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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.


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 Los Muertos Carboneras, Almeria

This idyllic beach is the perfect film and video location. It is close to San Jose and under an hour from Almeria capital. This video shows it to it’s best advantage.

Playa Los Muertos from the road

The footpath from the carpark

The beach is situated within the Natural park of  Cabo de Gata which literally means Cape Cat. The village of Carboneras is only a five minute drive away.

It can be accessed by the quite steep footpath or by boat from the sea. This beach can often be found deserted. I have never seen it crowded.

Turquoise waters

The long stretch of beach is impressive and has a gravel sand mix, the almost transparent waters allow you to see the seabed even from the cliffs. The water appears to be a deep turquoise color similar to the Caribbean.

There is a second secluded beach at one end

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Quite simply put Tapa just means a lid or to cover something. I have been told that many years ago it started in Almería by people putting a saucer on top of their beer to keep the flies out of it. (A very sensible idea as I wouldn’t give a fly any of my beer) Later this developed and somehow food was put on to the saucer, thus the beer had been tapered. Also this was a gesture from the proprietor and enabled clients to stay longer. Tapas were originally free and in Almería and Granada they still are. In other counties you may be lucky to get a few nuts or a couple of olives.

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