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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Carlos Montoya Flamenco of Spain

 

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Carlos Montoya

 

Along with its Spanish origins, Gypsy, Byzantine, Sephardic and Moorish elements have often been cited as influences in the development of flamenco. It has frequently been asserted that these influences coalesced near the end of the reconquista, in the 15th century. The origins of the word flamenco are unclear – it was not recorded until the late 18th century.

Carlos Montoya was born in Madrid, Spain, into a Romani family, on December 13, 1903. As the nephew of renowned flamenco guitarist Ramón Montoya he seemed to have been born to play Flamenco, but it was his uncle who would be his biggest obstacle, as he refused to teach Carlos the tricks of the trade. He began studying the guitar with his mother and a neighboring barber, Pepe el Barbero, a.k.a. Pepe the Barber. By the time he was 14 years old he was accompanying dancers and singers in the cafes of Madrid, Spain.

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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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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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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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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