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”


About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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