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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.

Granada: White desert-Half-Day 4x4 Tour in the Geopark

3. Granada: White desert-Half-Day 4x4 Tour in the Geopark

Uncover the beauty of the Geopark of Granada on a half-day 4x4 tour from Galera city. Take in the caves and ravines of the Cueva de los Amos or Cortijo De Ros. View an oasis bordered by harsh desert landscapes. Meet your guide at a bar in Galera and hop aboard a comfy and air-conditioned vehicle and set off the northern heart of the Geopark of Granada. Go on back roads along the Guardal River and its exuberant plain, a privileged oasis surrounded by badlands. Reach Los Carriones we will leave the valley to go to the high areas where the Espartales neighborhood and the steppe areas reveal a stunning barren landscape that was once source of life. View traditional Spanish cortijo estates and old plaster mines along the way. Spot caves and ravines as you travel through places like Cueva de los Amos or Cortijo De Ros. Explore unique geological formations such as the Galera Sismitas. Return to your starting point in Galera at the end of your tour.

Almeria: Tabernas Desert Horse Riding for experienced riders

4. Almeria: Tabernas Desert Horse Riding for experienced riders

Come and enjoy our guided tour with Malcamino's horses. ----- 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 acconditioned for rest). IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS RIDE IS FOR EXPERIMENTED RIDERS. ITS NECESSARY TO HAVE A MIDDLE-HIGH LEVEL OF RIDING.

From Granada: Guadix and Tabernas Desert Full-Day Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Province of Granada

A unique experience and a highly recommended adventure. We made a beautiful route through the north of the Granada Geopark. The car is a comfortable 4x4 and we were 6 people including the driver. We had a super nice group and they also understood so it was great for us to learn even more. The delivery of Goyo Garrido Adventures is incredible, they explain everything to you and they also gave us a snack at one of the stops. What more could you want? And as if that were not enough, the route lasted longer than planned and we were able to enjoy it even more. Of 10 and totally recommendable, surely we will do something else with them.

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

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.