Tabernas Desert
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nigel s
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Fort Bravo. As a country and western fan this was right up my street 😁 Brilliant day had well worth the money. You would think you were in a western town. The cowboy 🤠 show acting was in Spanish but you could understand the play act with out understanding the language
Written February 20, 2023
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bidge632000
manchester9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
There are Four attractions here and I think some of the contributors are getting them mixed up.
There is the Tabernas desert Itself, which is stunning, masses of wildlife, and amazing scenery.
There is Oasis Park, Which is a western cowboy themed park, they do cowboy shows etc, there is a cactus garden, a zoo, a swimming pool, a train and a few shack bars and restaurants, Its great for the kids.
There is Fort Bravo, which are a couple of western movie film sets, the Saloon does a western show, which is in Spanish (well it is Spain) during the summer months, and you can go horse riding. A little more grown up.
Finally there is Western Leone, this where the desert movie locations are, The spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone were filmed here, it basically is an old movie set, a little tired now, there is a Red Indian village with wigwams etc. This is the place for western movie buffs.
Please remember if your going for the day, and there is a lot to see if you visit all the locations. It can get very very hot in the summer, Tabernas is a desert,it is as dry as the Sahara, temperatures of 40+ degrees C (100+ F) are not uncommon in the summer months, so high factor sun cream for yourselves and the kids. Maybe even a cowboy hat!!
I have a villa about 30 minutes from here so I can assure you, I know! It gets really hot!!!
Written September 23, 2015
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Oliver123
Brighton, UK126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
The desert lies about 30 mins drive from Almeria town centre. It’s relatively easy to get to once you get on the main road.The road drives directly though the desert and the views are fantastic. We visited 'Western Leone' - the film set used for a host of Spaghetti Westerns and was where ‘Upon a Time in the West’ was filmed. This is the smaller of the Western film sets, with Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo being the most popular. No excursions go here so its only accessible by car. All three sets are about 5 minutes drive apart. Western Leone was charming. It’s much quieter than the others and because of this retains some real character. The cowboys who walk around the set put on a small show which I thought was very entertaining and probably funnier than intended! I found the trip so enjoyable and insightful. Western Leone was a real pilgrimage for my partner who is a huge fan of Leone and he didn't stop smiling the entire time we were there! Well worth a visit and highly recommended.
Written September 5, 2011
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middlec
Warrington, UK773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
If you intend to view Tabernas desert in summer, be aware of the heat. This area is seriously hot, and may be better visited in early or late season, or in the winter. Coping with the high temperature can be very debilitating.
Written July 18, 2012
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Geraldine C
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
Dont miss Western Leone if you are into western films. The saloon on this spaghetti western film set is the actual house in the film Once Upon a Time in The West. The surrounding scenery with the music by Enio Morricone adds to the drama and excitement of this western film set. Two shows were performed, one is the saloon, which although spoken in Spanish, was visually easy to understand and pretty funny. The second show took place in the street with cowboys, horses, gunfire & bank robbery! We took up the offer of a three course meal for 12 euros per person, served by a cowboy. Definitely worth the drive, my husband was in his element and wanted his photo taken all the time, which is unheard of!
Written September 19, 2015
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BlackAmber
Swindon, UK327 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Friends
The film sets are located a few miles north of Almeria and are easy to get to by car. We tried to visit the Oasys theme park, which is the one with the town set from Fistful of Dollars, but it was closed despite both its website and the sign outside claiming it was open every day. So, we drove a couple of miles up the road to Fort Bravo. This cost €14.50 each to enter. We felt it was a rip off. It is quite possible there were film sets here 45 years ago but nothing we saw looked authentic. We had the impression they had rebuilt and/or added to whatever was there originally to the extent that nothing was recognisable any more. We then went on to Western Leone which cost €12.00 to enter. This at least contained the hacienda from Once Upon A Time In The West. However, I'm not sure it was the original. They may well have rebuilt it. I shall have to compare my photos with the film itself. The hacienda now serves as a bar. A free drink is included with your admission ticket. Beyond a wire fence we could see the remains of what was obviously another film set but this was out of bounds - probably unsafe. The Oasys theme park was clearly the larger of the three and would perhaps have offered better value for money. Curiously they seem to have added a zoo to one end of it.

The Tabernas desert was much greener than I expected but we did visit in mid-December so they'd probably had rain in the preceding few weeks. I didn't see any scenery comparable to the deserts of the south western states of the USA.

My advice would be, don't make a special trip to see any of these film sets. Go to Monument Valley and/or Old Tucson instead.
Written December 20, 2011
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uniquealmeria
Almeria22 contributions
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We visit the Tabernas desert at least once a year. Personally I recommend to go there in spring or during your Easter holidays, thus avoiding the high temperature and enjoy the landscape. The Tabernas desert is the only European desert. It was used and still is used by the filming industry, not only in Western movies but also advertisment spots. Don't miss to visit the Mini-Hollywood outdoor filming locations with its Western Towns
Written June 22, 2010
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Cristiano Mei
Altamura, Italy65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
The beauty of Tabernas desert is its uniqueness.
There aren't places like this in Europe.
Take your time to enjoy the harsh landscape and empty horizon.
Tabernas looks very similar to the Mojave and Sonora deserts of Northern Mexico and Southwestern USA.
This arid area stretches up until past Alicante.
If you can, try a 4x4 tour into the desert or wander around at sunset for some amazing shots.
Written July 8, 2015
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frank g
Fuensanta de Martos, Spain116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
The Desert of Tabernas is Europe's only desert it is arid and resembles the type of lanscape found in Arizona or Colorado in the USA, many films mostly westerns were made here as was an episode of Dr Who, There is a western town that was used as a film set called Fort Bravo which has facilities such as wooden cabins for holiday let, Swimming pool cafeteria by the pool , restaurant, Horse riding excursions and a great western show.
it's located in the N340 at kilometer 468 in Almeria province
A very different place to visit.
Written August 14, 2014
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rosemaryyoung3
Burton upon Trent, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is such a rip off. 10 euros each. Only 3 other people there and all left within the hour. Family live on site. Granny taken over school room. Man arrived with shopping while we were there . And all their rubbish n bags at v back.. Washing hanging up. Deserted and no where open. Didn't stay for show. Maybe this was performed by guy on horse at advertising sign. All flags so old on this they were gone! Did get asked in bar if we wanted photo taken for 7euros each!!! Declined. Should be shut down. Do not waste your money here.
Oasis Park much better value and well worth a visit, especially for children
Written September 28, 2017
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