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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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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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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Guipuzcoa Guipuzkoa Euskadi

Guipuzkoa is one of the three provinces that form the País Vasco or Vascongadas.


Donostia

It is the dramatic coastal and inland area of Northern Spain. Guipuzcoa in Castillian, has some similar characteristics to Scotland. Dramatic coast lines, Green rolling hills and jagged, mountainous valleys. Some of it’s lands will remind you of “Lord of the Rings” parts of which could easily have been filmed here. Donostia, San Sebastián holds one of the best international film festivals.

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