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Tabernas Desert

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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. Route for all levels. The tour is carried out at the rhythm of the lowest level since it is a quiet tour through the desert environment and the experience of riding a horse. If there are higher levels in the group and the monitor considers it is convenient and possible, at the end of the tour, the experienced ones will be able to gallop together with the monitor. This standard tour has 2 options depending on the environmental conditions and in case some of the participants have booked also our 4x4 tour.

Almeria: Tabernas Desert Horse Riding for experienced riders

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Tabernas Desert

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 391 reviews

It was a very enjoyable walk through the desert and viewing many sites from famous and not so famous movies. The horses were high quality horses (genuine movie star horses used for actors and stuntmen). Our guide, Theo (sorry if we misspelt this) was excellent, explained all about the desert, what we were seeing and took photos of us at prominent photographic locations. The horses have two speeds - walk and gallop. Only our daughter who is an experienced rider was invited to gallop and they went very fast - she loved it. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience

The whole experience was really unique with a very knowledgeable guide who had good English and a sense of humour. For other travellers to know a taxi is required for early tours as the buses do not arrive until later

The tour through the Tavernas desert was absolutely worthwhile! Thanks to our guide Delila, who gave us lots of information about the landscape, plants and film sets. Entertaining and informativ!

Excellent, enthusiastic and well-informed guide. She was also very helpful the next day when I got slightly lost in the desert and she helped me find my way back.

Theo was super patient with a group of 6 complete beginners, really enjoyed it! Would 100% recommend!