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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.

Granada Geopark: Desert and Prehistory Tour with Lunch

2. Granada Geopark: Desert and Prehistory Tour with Lunch

Leave Granada city centre in the morning from your hotel or a convenient location nearby. Delve straight into the unique landscape of Granada Geopark.  Pass by picturesque villages on your way to your first stop, Acequia del Toril. Learn about how this natural aqueduct was formed over the centuries. Wander around the vast vegetation that covers the Acequia and the arid landscape that surrounds it. Next up is Gorafe, one of the most picturesque towns in Granada. Explore and immerse yourself in one of the most remarkable natural deserts in Europe. Enjoy an impressive panorama full of different shapes, colors, and sensations. Visit the typical cave houses and well-preserved Dolmens of the Megalithic Park. Continue your tour to the village of Zujar and take pictures of the breathtaking panoramic view of Mirador de Jabalcon. Look down on the Quaternary sediments of the basin and learn about its geological history from your local guide. End your tour with lunch in one of the town's best restaurants, which offers local and seasonal food. After lunch an hour of free time to have a coffee or have a walk before returning to Granada.

From Granada: Guadix and Tabernas Desert Full-Day Tour

3. From Granada: Guadix and Tabernas Desert Full-Day Tour

After collection from your accommodation or a convenient meeting point in the city center, drive off into the surrounding landscape and appreciate the natural beauty north of Granada, near the foothills of Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop at Guadix, which is known for its Troglodyte past and its cave houses, many of which are still occupied by locals. Walk through the main streets of the city center in a small group and marvel at the imposing Cathedral of the Incarnation built in a Gothic and Baroque style over the site of a former mosque. Visit the cave district and Tropolis, a museum located in an original cave. Learn about cave dwellings past and present, and the traditions and craft professions that are linked to them. Enjoy the scenery and capture shots of the photogenic Calahorra Castle, situated on a hill above the town of the same name. It is one of the first Italian Renaissance castles outside Italy built on the site of a former fortification. Finally, explore the Tabernas Desert on your own. See the landscape of arid slopes and the location chosen by Hollywood directors who created the Spaghetti Western. Find out where they filmed Lawrence of Arabia, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, and many more. Enjoy an exquisite local lunch. After your meal, relax with an hour of free time to have a coffee or a stroll before returning to Granada.

Tabernas: Tabernas Desert Nighttime Horseback Ride

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Province of Granada

Very knowledgeable guide of a broad knowledge of the subject well beyond what was expected. Scientifically well documented. Thank you for having enriched our knowledge and made it an interesting two hours.

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

Activity to do absolutely. We were lucky to have a guide who spoke perfect French and who was very interesting. A real sharing. Thanks to her.

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