Walk around the wild west set and pretend you are a cowboy!
Walk around the Mexico set and pretend you are out to get those gringos.
You can rent horses and go off into the desert!
You can watch a special show which some actors put on in the Saloon if the weather is bad or on the dirt streets of Texas!
To can mosey on down to the local saloon and get your self a drink or a bite to eat.
The saloon is also home to the Souvenir shop.
You can also meet the Buffalos, Camels, Donkeys and other animals!
It costs12.50€ for adults and 10.50€ for children.
My first impression of this area was obtained on a very grey winter morning. Fortunately the sun came out and showed the true colours of the only semi-desert in Europe.
A strange landscape that changes by the minute according to the changing sky and clouds above.
When an artist friend joined us there during our long winter holiday I feared she would find the scorched earth too dull to paint. On the contrary she saw colours my eyes did not see and could not wait to get her paint brushes out.
So basically the western set and the Mexico set are built right next to each other. The Mexico set shows a typical Plaza Mayor scene. They have tried to keep everything as authentic as possible, but to me it still looked a little too well kept to be convincing as a really wild west or Mexican town.
Try and travel around Almeria in the daylight because the countryside is really worth seeing.
In this photo you can see some really interesting orange rock type things that look like a distant relative of Ayers Rock in Australia!
If you're doubting that the famous actors I mentioned before really did come to Almeria go into the Saloon and check out the many photos covering the wall. There are photos of everyone who has been there and they are all autographed as well.
The photos also include Beckham who did that wild west TV ad here in Almeria and Sting who did a music video here!
We arrived at Fort Bravo late on a rainy day; there were no one else there but us. It was good because we could take all the photos we wanted without brightly coloured tourists getting in the way.
They also put on a special show just for us in the Saloon. There were 3 actors all dressed as cowboys. Basically there were two friends and a Mexican and they were arguing about some stolen money. They decided to settle it by a poker game; at which point I decided to take a photo. All the actors shouted photo and they posed for me.
They had proper replica guns which made quite a noise. In the end the Mexican ended up killing the two cowboys, but the barman killed the Mexican.
The show was inclded in the price of our ticket and they gave us a used bullet as a souvenir.
Here in Ameria there is a permanent set where films such as the examples below were filmed:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
A fistful of Dollars
Mike S. Blueberry
Once Upon a Time in the West
Lawrence of Arabia
Incredible isn't it? So is the fact that all these actors and more have been here:
Peter o' Toole
The dry province of Ameria looks very similar to the to Arizona or Texas therefore when Sergio Leone came here in the 60's he came up with the idea that instead of filming in the USA they would film werstern movies here in Spain.
The next time you watch a western film look very carefully at the scenery because it is more likely than not that it was filmed in Almeria!
Rodalquilar is a little left town in the inner part of the country. It looks like an old wild-west city. The former inhabitants where working in gold mines till in the 50-ties and the ground is now contaminated with chemicals.
The karstic enclave is very beautiful as it is ploughed by the Aguas River and gullies which end in it.
There are several routes which you can take. Going back on foot to the bed of the Aguas River we will observe the existence of very beautiful laminar gypsum veins.
the possible guided visits to the caves, see web page down, in which you will contemplate the incredible geological formations which constitute a privileged setting for Speleology.
The Desert of Tabernas was declared to be a natural region in 1989 because of the complexity of its geo-morphological landscape and its complex ecological environment.
The peculiarity of the desert with more than 3,000 hours of annual sunlight has made it possible to install a solar energy station.
The beauty and singularity of its landscape have attracted the attention of the cinema industry for several centuries using these natural scenes as a setting for filming its exteriors and preserving "Towns of the West" which have been brought back to life with tourist purposes exclusively. see Mini holliwood tips ...
Alhambra - the red castle in Granada
A really very beautiful castle in Oriental style. This area was ruled by islamic people who came over Africa. That's why the castle has such a wonderful architecture, gardens...
Many westerns were made in Spain, with a landscape similar to the USA and better weather.
The remains are used as a theme park, allowing a brake while crossing the wild area to Tabernas.
Yes, you can also visit the donkeys waiting for someone to remake a Jesus and Mary story!
They can be quite loud at feeding time!
These one humped camels wait here for someone to remake films such as Lawrence of Arabia.
There are two of them are they are very friendly and cute.