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Almería: Visit to the shelters of the Spanish Civil War

1. Almería: Visit to the shelters of the Spanish Civil War

Get to know the refuges of the Spanish Civil War in Almería. Some 4.5-kilometer underground galleries were built to shelter about 40,000 people during bombings. With this visit you will be able to see nearly 1 kilometer of galleries with a guide telling anecdotes about their hidden histories. Admire a small hospital with an operating room, as well as one of the private rooms where, if you look at the walls, you will see works art that children left behind. Descend 9 meters underground, or, if you are brave, a full 16 meters, and discover an old and fascinating pantry. A unique, unmissable experience.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

2. 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

3. 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.

Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

4. Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

Start your coastal cruise in the traditional fishing port of Carboneras. Sail to la Cala del Corral and las Salinicas. Admire the crystal-clear waters and volcanic cliffs of Playa de los Muertos.  Then, navigate the Cabo de Mesa Roldan. See its fossilized coral reef and the Mesa Roldán Lighthouse. Continue on to Cala Puente, Cala Sorbas, and Cala Castillo until you arrive at the small fishing town of Agua Amarga. Marvel at the best views of this small town from the sea. Drop anchor at the secluded Cala de Enmedio. Swim and snorkel in its clear waters before heading back to the port of Carboneras.

Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

5. Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

Get to know the magnificent Cabo de Gata and Níjar Natural Park from the sea. Explore the coastline by kayak before snorkeling in the clear waters an observing the underwater landscape. Before embarking, learn basic paddling and kayaking techniques and listen to safety instructions. Venture out down the coast, spotting a number of coves and rock formation that are inaccessible by land and only visible from the sea. Navigate in and out of rocky caves. Get up close to sheer volcanic cliffs. Learn about the wildlife and geology of the natural park, one of most protected areas in Spain due to ecological, historical, anthropological, and geological significance.  Stop in a hidden cove in the marine reserve to go swimming before paddling back to the beach where you started.

Almeria: Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour

6. Almeria: Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour

Join a guided tour through one of the largest underground shelters built during the Spanish Civil War. Learn about the site from a guide and explore the network along the Paseo de Almeria. Discover one of the largest Civil War Refuges in Spain, built by Guillermo Langle to protect the population of Almeria during the Spanish Civil War. Travel through about 1 km of underground galleries that run along the Paseo de Almeria. Admire the feats of engineering that made this shelter possible, a marvelous work by engineers that makes this shelter one of the most well-known and largest shelters in Spain and Europe.

Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

7. Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of one of Spain's largest Alcazabas on this guided tour. In the company of an expert guide, discover the fortress' 3 internal enclosures and learn more about its history as an Arab stronghold. During your tour, visit the Towers of the Odalisque and the Gunpowder, the Tower of Mirrors, the Wall of the Candle, the Muslim reservoirs and royal baths, and the domestic dwellings. You will also have the opportunity to admire the fantastic patios and gardens with their luxurious water pools, as well as the walls of Jairán and the Cerro de San Cristóbal. Finally, admire panoramic views of the city and the seaport from the Baluarte del Saliente.

From Carboneras: Cabo de Gata Sunset Sailing Tour with Cava

8. From Carboneras: Cabo de Gata Sunset Sailing Tour with Cava

Discover Cabo de Gata Natural Park on a romantic sailing trip from Carborneras. Sail past fascinating rock formations through stunning blue waters, and marvel at the setting sun from a comfortable sailboat. Board your boat about an hour before sunset from the Carboneras Marina. Relax on the leather seats as you sail past spectacular scenery from the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. After an hour of sailing, drop anchor and enjoy a delicious glass of Cava with your friends as you watch the sunset over the clear waters. As you return to the marina, enjoy the sailboat's amenities, including a bimini top, solarium, and stereo.

Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

9. Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

Walk, climb and crawl the galleries of the gypsum mineral natural cave in Sorbas and admire the reflection of crystals when they receive the light from your helmet. Marvel the effect water erosion and the passage of time have had on the plaster rock. Explore the Yeso Cave with a specialized guide. The Barranco del Infierno Cave, as it is also known, was formed thousands of years ago and was the first cave complex to be discovered. See first-hand the effect of water on the shaping of rocks. The underground karst system of Sorbas collects rain and floodwater and drains it through the galleries.

Full-Day Western Theme Park Tour of Mini Hollywood (Oasys)

10. Full-Day Western Theme Park Tour of Mini Hollywood (Oasys)

Enjoy an action-filled, unforgettable day in the Far West! Spend an extraordinary day in the famous Tabernas Desert at the Western Theme Park, Oasys (formerly known as Mini Hollywood). Experience entertaining performances, explore the Zoo, go for a swim in the pools, and simply enjoy your relaxation in the bars and restaurants. Set off towards the Tabernas Desert from your agreed pick-up time from your hotel, arriving at the Oasys Theme Park (formerly known as Mini Hollywood). The theme park was originally used as an old western film set, but was since transformed into a unique western wonderland. Step foot into the “Wild, Wild West” and appreciate the stunning scenery of the Tabernas Desert. Visit old school classrooms, the Sheriff's office and the several other historical attractions. Come face-to-face with the large variety of animals as you wander through the Zoological Reserve, and enjoy the relaxation of the pools and restaurants in the western village. Watch entertaining shows of the former hard life of the far west, scheduled daily, as you witness the Sheriff’s intervention of a western bank robbery! In the afternoon, head back to your hotel after a fun-filled day in the Tabernas desert. This tour is enjoyable for all ages!

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based on 1,033 reviews

The tour is amazing. The horses are well trained and walk the tour automatically. It was the first time for me on a horse and I didn't have any problems. You will pass beautiful locations and learn a lot about movies of Tabernas desert.

Ines did en excellent job. Besides explaining history about the places we visited she was also very helpful with her advices about other things to see and to do her in Almeria

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!

Nice relaxing trip around the vibes. Great way to see the area.