Be the star of your own film in Almería



Almería (in Andalusia) has served as a film set for world-class directors such as David Lean, Franklin J. Schaffner, Steven Spielberg, Sergio Leone, John Milius and Anthony Mann. Legendary films such as "Lawrence of Arabia", "Cleopatra" and "The good, the bad and the ugly" were shot in this region, and more recently Ridley Scott chose to film his "Exodus" here. And why Almería? Because it is notable for its wide variety of spectacular landscapes, ranging from cliffs with marine legends to mountains –and even a large desert–, and also because of the spectacular light in this part of Spain. Today you have the opportunity to see all these places for yourself, visit a museum dedicated to the cinema and walk along your very own Walk of Fame.

Two routes for adventurers

Make the most of your holidays in Almería and come and discover these two special routes: the locations for the films "A Fistful of Dollars" and "Indiana Jones". You'll find an official guide (published in English and Spanish) to guide you around the landscapes of Almería. The "Indiana Jones" route is 66 kilometres long (55 in a 4x4 vehicle and 11 hiking). The whole trip (lasting about nine hours) takes visitors through the amazing area of the Tabernas Desert and the Sierra Alhamilla mountains. During this trip you'll travel through the only desert area in Europe. You'll feel like Harrison Ford on his quest to find the Holy Grail, and you'll learn some real cinema tricks. For example, the deep ravine that a tank fell down when Indiana was being pursued by the German troops is actually only five metres high. If you prefer westerns, you'll also enjoy the "Fistful of dollars" tour which takes you through the oasis where Clint Eastwood meets up with his gang after robbing the bank in El Paso. You'll also be able to visit the Oasys theme park, also known as Mini-Hollywood, which still has the original sets of "A Fistful of Dollars" and many cinema posters. There's also can-can dancing and real Far West shoot-outs. We recommend you save at least a whole morning to visit this park. If you're a film fan and want to learn even more about cinema, you'll find that many other places in Almería have had the privilege of being film sets. For example, another recommended trip is one that takes visitors along the beautiful Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Reserve, which is about 30 kilometres long, and has real open-air sets like the unspoilt beaches of Mónsul and Los Genoveses, where "The Wind and the Lion", "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen", "The Rat Patrol", "The Man Who Lost His Shadow" were filmed, among others. Don't miss this amazing part of Spain which has played host to A-list stars and filmmakers such as Oliver Stone, Liz Taylor or Peter O'Toole, where over 500 films and series have been filmed over a period of six decades, and where you'll almost think you can hear the words: "Lights, camera, action!"

The House of Film

You'll find the House of Film in the town of Villablanca. This entertaining visit for lovers of the seventh art offers the chance to see a 3-D film of places that have served as locations for famous film shoots, recreate several famous scenes starring characters from film history, or take part in green-screen sets and see yourself acting in real-life film scenes. A curious fact: John Lennon lived in this house for some time in 1966. You can visit what was once his bedroom, as well as an entire room dedicated to the musician who found his inspiration here for "Strawberry Fields Forever". You'll find more information at the following link .  

A Walk of Fame and a festival

In the city of Almería, the capital, we recommend a visit to the street known as Calle Poeta Villaespesa to see the Walk of Fame. You'll also find a Film Route which takes in several points associated with scenes from films. Also in the city of Almería –normally in December– you'll find the International Short Film Festival "Almería En Corto", featuring film screenings and parallel activities such as photography courses, lectures and talks on film-related themes, in addition to art and video art workshops.

Things to remember

Wear comfortable footwear for the routes we suggest. Although Almería is known for its mild temperatures all year round, the best time of the year for this trip is spring.

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