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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.

Almeria: Tabernas Desert Horse Riding for experienced riders

3. 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).

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 Almeria

The day before we were given very clear and detailed directions to reach the location. We appreciated the 'mini course' we were given before the walk started as 3 of us were beginners. The horses are very good and well kept. Our guide Teo is knowledgeable, welcoming and very pleasant. The walk is very beautiful and doing it on horseback gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself completely in nature and in the scenery of many famous films.

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.

I loved it!! The night walk is wonderful and we have had a full moon that lit up a lot. It is a very pleasant experience. And the phenomenal treatment by Teo and Cristina. It is worth it and we will repeat for sure.

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!