Almeria has been a source of inspiration for a number of both national and international filmmakers, drawn to it not only by the scenery but also by the long hours of daily sunshine and by the great contrasts that allow them to shoot in a wide range of settings within just a few miles.
This is why many places in Almeria have been used as a natural set for filming movies, e.g. Sam Wanamaker’s “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”, Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus”, David Trueba’s “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed”, and the successful drama series “Game of Thrones”.
Cabo de Gata and, more specifically, Desierto de Tabernas, have been the setting for many legendary films, especially those starring Clint Eastwood, the so-called “spaghetti westerns” by director Sergio Leone.
It is surprising that so many westerns and great films like Lawrence of Arabia have, so far, failed to put Almeria on the map. Only now is the place starting to develop its full potential through a couple of theme parks, i.e. Oasys Mini Hollywood and Cinema Studios “Fort Bravo”, both situated in the Tabernas desert, covered in posters and packed with live shows reenacting scenes from classics like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Indiana Jones” or “A Fistful of Dollars”, or the Spanish movie “800 Bullets”.