The Desert of Tabernas in Almería, the setting for hundreds of films

Tabernas Almeria Desert
After offering you interesting information about airlines that are more or less animal friendly, today we want to continue learning about rural wonders of our country. Thus, if the other day we approached you to the amazing region of Las Hurdes in Extremadura, today we want to move to the Tabernas Desert, located in Almeria, which is considered the only desert area in all of Europe, offering a truly breathtaking landscape.

Do you want to know the Tabernas Desert Deeper? Well, do not lose detail of what we tell you below! I assure you that you will love it!

Scenario of hundreds of films

Its name may not sound too much to you, but the truth is that you have seen it thousands of times in the cinema or on television. And it is that the Desert of Tabernas has been the scene of hundreds of films since the 50s. Above all, it was used between the 60s and 80s to shoot films set in the distant West. "For a handful of dollars", "Death had a price" or "Lawrence of Arabia" are some of the most famous films that have been shot in this Andalusian desert. But don't think that every movie shot here was western! Classics such as "Cleopatra or" Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade "have also been filmed in this beautiful location. We are talking about the fact that mythical actors such as Clint Eastwood, Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Sean Connery or Harrisson Ford, among many other illustrious ones, have passed through these lands. And all thanks to its rocky and desert landscape.

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The curious landscape

Located north of the city of Almería, specifically between the Sierras de los Filabres and Alhamilla, the Tabernas Desert is made up of gullies crossed by rivers torrential they actually only carry water, mud and stones. This rocky landscape is due, among other things, to the fact that rainfall does not reach 250 mm per year and that average temperatures are above 17ºC. Vegetation is sparse and rare due to these conditions, just like in North African deserts. The cruciferous Euzomodendron bourgaeanum stands out.

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Special Protection Area for Birds

As for fauna, rare species can be found, in many cases unique in Europe and in the world. Because it is an area rich in birds, it was declared the Tabernas Desert Special Protection Area for Birds. In the courses of the boulevards or on the walls, species such as the royal swift, the rock plane or the jackdaw take refuge and nest. It is also possible to find other animals such as the red lizard, the ocellated lizard, the fox, the rabbit and hedgehogs.


As we just mentioned, this place served as the setting for filming multiple movies, as well as recording different spots advertising. For this reason, it is possible to find rehabilitated sets, some enabled for tourist use. We are pulling OASYS, formerly Mini Hollywood, a theme park where shows featuring specialists and horseback riding are offered. Of course, you will also find restaurants and other services. The park currently encompasses an area of ​​30 hectares, a West Village, a pool area for the summer and a Zoological Reserve with 800 species of animals. In addition, there are different entertainment areas, such as the Cinema Museum, located in the "Bank", the Cactus Garden or the Car Museum.

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Wanting to discover the Tabernas Desert? Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you can find more images of this Spanish rural wonder.


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