Friday, October 25, 2013

Almería - the film capital of Spain?

by Robert Bovington

Well, the city of Almería has been used as the location for a number of films including 'Patton' (1969) and 'Never say never again' (1983).

Almería Alcazaba
The Alcazaba has been used to film Conan the Barbarian,
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,and Never Say Never Again

Parque de Nicolás Salmerón Almería
Parque de Nicolás Salmerón in Almería
used as a film location in the films "Patton" and "Lawrence of Arabia"

However, I was thinking more of the province of Almería especially the Tabernas Desert and the Cabo de Gata. Many films were shot here including Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and others. 'Cleopatra'(1963), 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962), 'How I Won the War' (1967), 'Conan the Barbarian' (1981), 'The Empire of the Sun' (1987) and 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' (1989) are some of the more well-known films made in this area.

Almería - statue of John Lennon
John starred in 'How I Won the War' .
He also wrote "Strawberry Fields Forever" whilst staying in Almería
Natural Parks and other protected areas in Spain
Playa Monsul in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park
one of the locations in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

Tabernas desert Almería
Oasys Theme Park (Mini Hollywood) in the Tabernas Desert (Almería)

sierra de Gador 03
Tabernas Desert - view from the Sierra de Gador
numerous spaghetti westerns were filmed in this area

 more blogs by Robert Bovington...
"Photographs of Spain"
"postcards from Spain"
"you couldn't make it up!"
"a grumpy old man in Spain"
"bits and bobs"
"Spanish Expressions"
"Spanish Art"
"Books About Spain"

1 comment:

  1. Almería is without question not one of them. From Almería, and within striking distance, you have Granada (magnificent) and to the east, the rather unknown cities of Murcia and its unwilling twin Cartagena. If you are stuck in Almería, then it's worth discovering some of the surrounding areas (Cabo de Gata), and towns - Mojácar being the best known.