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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: Horse Riding Tour Through the Tabernas Desert

2. Almeria: Horse Riding Tour Through the Tabernas Desert

Unleash your inner cowboy on a guided horseback ride into the Tabernas Desert. Stop along the route to learn about the natural environment, nature, geology, history, and cinema. On arrival at the ranch, be welcomed by the guide who will provide you with your equipment and introduce you to your horse. Once ready you will receive a short training session to get to grips with animal-friendly horse riding. Then, everyone will set off on a tour tailored to the participants' level, supervised by an instructor. Follow the "Desierto de Ley" route for an introduction to the desert. Cross an open area of desert, with views of the mythical "Llano del Búho" and "La Tortuga". Ride through these unique landscapes and admire their geological formations. See where hundreds of film and TV productions have been filmed, such as Indiana Jones, Game of Thrones, Exodus, The Sisters Brothers, or The Crown among many others. Later, return to the ranch, where you will say goodbye to your horse.

Palancón: Canyoning Day Trip

3. Palancón: Canyoning Day Trip

Go on a canyoning adventure while in Palancón. Bring the little ones along for a fun-filled day discovering the natural beauty of the area from the heart of Sierra Nevada and Arroyo del Palancón national park. In the vicinity of the port of La Ragua, at 1,700 meters above sea level, in the heart of the P. Nacional Sierra Nevada, is the Arroyo del Palancón. Alpine ravine excavated in typical Sierra Nevada slate and schist, the black of its rock contrasts with the green of the mosses and ferns. After enjoying a nice meal in any of the many picnic areas nearby, only 5 minutes separate you from the beginning of this ravine. The course is suitable for all types of visitors and especially for the little ones. Its duration of between 2.5 and 3 hours, its easy approach and return, and its hilarious slides make it the most fun and comfortable way to beat the summer heat of the Guadix, Baza, and Alpujarra Almeria region.

From Almería or Roquetas: Tabernas and Fort Bravo Day-Trip

4. From Almería or Roquetas: Tabernas and Fort Bravo Day-Trip

In this fantastic and complete excursion you will be able to know and admire the history and cinema of the only Desert in Europe. We will pick you up at the meeting point in the city of Almería and we will leave for the town of Tabernas, where we will visit the Terrera Ventura Interpretation Center, a unique museum where we can find archaeological remains of the first Neolithic settlements in the province. Did you not know that this discovery was made by chance and is also near Tabernas? We will continue visiting the museum to discover the area where the formation of the Desert, its history, climate, fauna and flora are explained. We will go up to the Tabernas Castle, which became the second Fortress of the city, to admire the impressive views of the Desert and the mountains that form it. There we will show you, from above, some of the areas where well-known films of the western genre have been recorded and we will also be able to observe the effects of the ancient marine basin that was formed millions of years ago and has given rise to the formation of this impressive landscape. Once this intense visit has been completed, we will head towards one of the western towns where you will have free time to enjoy this theme park full of surprises. During your stay at Fort Bravo you will feel like authentic outlaws in the Desert, in the mythical Western movies. You will be able to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, see the shows of gunmen on horseback and cancan dancers, as well as visit the great Saloon where the authentic films were recorded, enter the carriage museum and tour the Mexican town or the Fort. An ideal adventure to get to know one of the most magical areas of the province in depth, ideal for spending a day with family, friends or as a couple. Are you going to miss it?!

Tabernas: Tabernas Desert Nighttime Horseback Ride

5. Tabernas: Tabernas Desert Nighttime Horseback Ride

Enjoy a nighttime ride through the Tabernas Desert on this horseback riding tour. Arrive at the ranch in the town of Tabernas and get ready for your desert trek. After some safety instructions, get introduced to your horse. Set off on a peaceful ride through moonlit desert landscape. Do some stargazing as you go. Stop at some spots designated by your guide. Immerse yourself in the nocturnal desert environment without having to get off your horse. Back at the ranch, take a picture with the horses. Toast your successful trip with a glass of cava. If you'd like, stay and help with the animals (optional). If you bring a picnic lunch, feel free to use the relaxing area at the ranch.

Almeria: Tabernas Desert Horse Riding for experienced riders

6. Almeria: Tabernas Desert Horse Riding for experienced riders

You can choose between two options: come and enjoy our guided tour with Malcamino's horses or with your own horse. Rancho Malcamino's offer accommodation for your horse (extra price/night). ----- Participants have to be at rancho 10 min. before the activity starts. Arrival, free parking at rancho and welcome by the instructor. Individual set up: preparation of each one for the ride. It's possible to bring water and a small snack for the tour. Saddlebag optional. Once all the participants are ready, the monitor will introduce horse and rider, then, a small training will take place for first contact between them, also to see all riders are coordinated in their level. Departure for the 3 hours tour by the desert. The instructor will give the proper instructions to enjoy as much as possible the riding tour and will explain Desert curiosities. During the tour the monitor will do small stops for rest and will propose the 3 gaits of the horse to enjoy the riding. The horse riding tour finishes at rancho Malcamino's where the participants will be able to have picnic (not included) if they bring with them (gable tent aconditioned for rest).

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What people are saying about Almeria

Very complete guide, we went with Cristina, she explained everything about the landscape, where we passed, why these beautiful landscapes have been formed, and many very interesting things about history and the past. Going in a 4x4 is very comfortable and we stop at many places to see it up close and take photos. The trip is enjoyable and very beautiful. 100% recommendable.

Teo is a super friendly and pleasant guide! We were lucky and there were only two of us. He took a lot of time for us and told many exciting stories. The horses are very well behaved. I had no experience in dealing with horses and yet everything worked out wonderfully. We really enjoyed the trip and would recommend it anytime.

A very nice and eventful tour. Our guide Christina explained everything important at several stops in a way that was easy to understand. She took the time to answer guests' questions and, in my opinion, did a very good job. I would absolutely recommend this tour!

One of the highlights when staying in Almería! Wish I could ride through the desert every day ^^ truly an amazing experience.

Wonderful guide to learn more about the desert and the films made there!