Almeria’s Wild West Parks
Wild West Country in the Almeria Region
From Almeria city drive north towards Tabernas, a desert-like landscape. Drive along Autopista A 92 for about 30km to exit 376. The roundabout exit signposted for Western Leone, a smaller road that runs parallel with the motorway. If you follow signpost Tabernas (road N 340a) shortly after the roundabout, signposted Oasys MiniHollywood and park. Fort Bravo visitors continue towards Tabernas, a signpost for Fort Bravo, exit after about 5km.
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The film studios of Tabernas
have grown into the wild west tourist attraction known as Mini Hollywood. Mini Hollywood has three separate itineraries, Oasys Park, Fort Bravo, and Western Leone, all are open for visitors and each offers a different wild west adventure for all the family with western shows among the many other attractions.
Western Leone and Fort Bravo are still part-time workings in film locations. Stunt actors perform shows for tourists daily at Fort Bravo/Texas Hollywood, which was originally built in the 1960s as a western-style set for films, instrumental in pioneering Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western genre.
Brief film history from Tabernas
In the 1960s the landscapes of the desert of Tabernas developed into a sought-after movie location, well-known productions such as King of Kings (1960), Cleopatra (1963), and the winner of seven Oscars, Lawrence of Arabia (1962), all used the desert as a backdrop during filming, attracting big-budget Hollywood directors such as Steven Spielberg who chose Almeria for scenes in his blockbuster movie Indian Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) starring Harrison Ford.
Sergio Leone, the director of the famous Spaghetti Westerns, starring Clint Eastwood, also capitalised on these unique landscapes, scenes from A Fist Full of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good The Bad and The Ugly (1966), and A Fistful of Dynamite (1972), was filmed in the western village movie sets as well as the surrounding desert and other ell suited spots throughout the remarkable terrains of the province.
More recently, in 2012, the BBC chose Tabernas to shoot an episode for the cult series Doctor Who.
Exodus movie set in Sierra Alhamilla Almeria. In October of 2013, the landscapes of Almeria were once again in the headlines as filming began for the Ridley Scott movie Exodus – Gods and Kings, the texture and colour of the terrain, and its resemblance to Egypt.
What’s more, season six of Game of Thrones was shot in and around Taberna desert.
Who will be the next one?