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Tabernas, the desert of Almeria

23-08-2018    {{catList[24].label}}

Did you know that Spain has an historic cinema set?

Few people know this, but in Almeria there is a great natural space with an impressive cinematic panorama that we will introduce you today.

About 30 kilometres north of the city of Almeria, we find 280 square kilometres of the Tabernas desert; a region known for being the driest in Europe. You may think that there is only one type of desert climate, but temperatures here change a lot during the year.

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In fact, Tabernas can be defined as a semi-desert, as it is a xerophilous scrub landscape. The interesting thing about this fact is that it is the only true desert within Europe, constituted by a series of extremely complex climatic, geographic, anthropological and edaphic factors. These are combined to form the marvellous landscapes, which can even be compared with the views of Saharan Africa.

A Hollywood set in Spain
Tabernas desert
This desert has a great resemblance to the deserts of the Wild West in the United States, so many directors, including the greats like Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone, took Tabernas into account as an ideal setting for filming such works as:


  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • A Fistful of Dollars (1965)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  • Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

There is a fairly recent film that was filmed in Tabernas, which is Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).

Its rocky and desert landscape allowed it to be the place for great actors like Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Claudia Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot to make memorable works.

What should you know about the Tabernas desert?

If you are planning a visit to this wonderful place, there are certain places that you cannot miss.
Tabernas cinema set
How to get there?

The most common route is to take the A92 and then the N340, that way you will enter the desert dunes.

Where can you stay?

There are holiday homes and villas around the Tabernas desert. They have the comforts of home, but in this totally different environment, you will live an experience in an authentic space of Hollywood, located in Andalusia.

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