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Tabernas Desert

Tabernas Desert: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

1. Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

Enjoy a 4WD adventure in Europe’s only desert landscape on this scenic drive through the Tabernas Desert, situated between the Sierra de los Filabres and the Sierra de Alhamilla. Boasting over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, annual rainfall of a mere 200 millimeters and temperatures ranging from 23° F to 118° F (-5°C to 48°C), the gray tones of the desert’s gullies, ravines, and other geological formations turn golden when the sun rests on them at sunset. Essential to the history of cinema in Almeria, Tabernas Desert served as a location for hundreds of movies, including “Lawrence of Arabia.” Dozens of spaghetti westerns, such as “A Fistful of Dollars, “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” gave rise to an era of rampant shooting. Adventure stories war films, and science fiction films have all made use of the landscape, including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Conan the Barbarian", "Game of Thrones", or "The Crown". Marvel at the desert’s similarity to the American badlands, and the deserts of north Africa and Arabia. En route, you will learn about the geological formation of this extraordinary place, including the flora and fauna that somehow manage to survive there.

Almeria: Tabernas Desert 4x4 Tour

2. Almeria: Tabernas Desert 4x4 Tour

Hop on your 4x4 and discover the landscapes of the Tabernas Desert Natural Park. Take in the sights of its rock formations caused by erosion, known as the “badlands” or wastelands. Make several stops throughout the tour to discover the geology of Tabernas in depth. During your tour, also learn about the Westerns filmed here and learn some of the secrets of Western cinema. Film director Sergio Leone chose these landscapes to film emblematic feature films, such as “Death Had a Price” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

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What people are saying about Tabernas Desert

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 273 reviews

We were driven through the desert around Tabernas in a Landrover. The guide showed and explained to us the geological formations and where which film scenes were filmed. It was very entertaining and driving was fun.

Very nice discovery of the desert with many explanations from our guide Christina. Many stops, which allow you to take pictures of these magnificent landscapes off the beaten track. To recommend

Our guide gave us information in French very documented and not boring at all. A great experience that I recommend to all my friends. A beautiful moment of sharing

It has passed very quickly, it has been very entertaining seeing areas that otherwise could not be seen.

It was a great tour, on which we saw a fascinating landscape and the guide explained a lot.