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 ‘Exodus’ here. Why Almería? For its wide variety of landscapes, from cliffs associated with seafaring legends to mountains and even a large desert, and for the unique quality of light in this part of Spain. Today you can see for yourself where all these movies were filmed, visit a museum dedicated to cinema and take a stroll along our own Walk of Fame.

Movie landscapes

This amazing Spanish province has welcomed stars of the stature of Oliver Stone, Liz Taylor and Peter O'Toole. More than 500 films have been made here over six decades. Recreate their legendary scenes with any of these themed routes: Western routes, Adventure route, Epic route, and a Tour of the city of Almería. The Almería Tourist Board website has a map with the distances, duration, mode of transport and main stops on each of these routes, and a complete “Movie Landscapes Guide” with routes based on over 100 movies filmed in Almería.

Two legendary films: “A Fistful of Dollars” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

A holiday in Almería gives you the chance to take two very special tours: the locations of the films “A Fistful of Dollars” and its sequels, and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. There is an official guidebook (published in both English and Spanish) to lead you to the Almería landscapes that feature in these films. 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 in ‘For a Few Dollars More’. You can also visit the Oasys theme park, also known as Mini-Hollywood, which still has the original sets of ‘For a Few Dollars More’ and many cinema posters, and organises can-can dancing and Wild West shoot-outs. We recommend you take at least a whole morning to visit this park. As well as these famous films, another highly recommended route goes through the beautiful Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. About 30 kilometres long, the route visits movie locations such as the wild beaches of Mónsul and Los Genoveses, the setting for “The Wind and the Lion”, “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”, “The Rat Patrol”, “The Man Who Lost His Shadow ”, and more.

The House of Cinema

You will find the Casa del Cine in the Villa Blanca neighbourhood of Almería. This entertaining visit for movie lovers offers the chance to see a 3D film of famous locations, 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. As an added attraction, John Lennon lived in this house for a while in 1966. You can visit his bedroom and a gallery devoted to the musician, who was inspired to write “Strawberry Fields Forever” here. There is more information at the following link.  

A Walk of Fame and tow festivals

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. This city also has its own Movie Route with several stops at film locations. The city of Almería also hosts the International Festival of Short Films “Almería En Corto”, where alongside screenings there are parallel activities such as photography competitions, lectures and round tables on cinema, and art and video art workshops. The unique International Western Film Festival will also be held in Tabernas, in October.

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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