This morning we drove to Tabernas with the intention of exploring the desert landscape. We know the town and everybody has heard of its tourist attractions, the wild west villages built for the spaghetti westerns, but we had not explored the desert countryside before.
We turned off the main road to Tabernas from the Almeria – Granada autovia and, before we reached the town, took the turning to Fort Bravo.
Before we reached Fort Bravo we stopped at the entrance to the Rambla de Buho and walked along it. These eucalyptus at the beginning of the walk were the only trees we saw.
This rambla was used in the film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Nazi tanks rumbled up it. We envisaged the scenes from the film.
The rock formations here are stunning and the colours were vibrant in the autumn sunshine.
This is the entrance to old mine workings but we do not know what ore was mined here.
We needed to use the car as well as walking because the route we took was too long in the heat of the day and we drove up to this mirador and looked north across this wide rambla towards the Sierra de Los Filabres. You can just make out the white dot of the observatory, Cala Alto, on the ridge of the mountains.
We carried on further along the tracks and saw more, stunning rock formations. The only people we encountered were a couple of men who looked like they were from a film crew. We read later in the paper that scenes for the Spanish TV series, Mar de Plastico, are being filmed here on Friday.
When we looked back we could see the Castillo de Tabernas and with this in view we knew we would not get lost and eventually followed a camino back which took us straight in to the centre of the pueblo and refreshment and great tapas at Hostal Puente in the main street.