Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes


The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Almeria’s ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ in the Tabernas Desert

We stayed last night in Almeria capital and I actually quite liked the town.  It has some heritage, with some decent period buildings; some of which are being converted into loft apartments. The streets are wide and clean. It also has some excellent public spaces, a positive legacy from last year’s Mediterrean Games. The place has a feel of a city that is certainly on the up and up. In fact, it would be fair to say, I really like the place.
This morning we set off to the Tabernas Desert.

Tabernas Desert

However, I have to say, that even with my poetic license, it is hard to be say nice things about the area approaching Almeria.  It’s basically bad and ugly! What hasn’t been covered in plastic green houses is being carved up for construction.  But the coast beyond Almeria is more protected and the desert landscape has a striking beauty.

Tabernas Desert Almeria Andalucia

We took the new motorway up through the desert to the old film studios, made famous by Sergio Leone’s ‘spaghetti westerns’ of the 1960s.  There are two main sites, Oasys/Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo/Texas Hollywood.
We went to the latter, as it the one that was least commericalised; although we still managed to take in a “show” that was quite amusing.

Remaining sets in Almeria desert

Supposedly the ‘Mexican village’ and the ‘Western town’ were used in  the movies “A Fistful of Dollars”,
“A Few Dollars More”, “The Good, Bad and the Ugly” and Once Upon a Time”.

Action at Studios in Tabernas desert

A little more recently, the desert has been used as the backdrop for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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