Taberna, Fort Bravo, Almeria
In the 1960’s Hollywood decided that the desert area around Tabernas near Almeria was a much more realistic setting for westerns than any place in America so they arrived and built a western town complete with a fort, a Mexican village and an Indian village. Actors like Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda and Lee Van Cleef rode the plains, drank and played cards in the saloon and fought it out on the main street. Today the sets are still used occasionally for advertisements and films but the main attraction at Fort Bravo, Texas Hollywood, is the opportunity for grown men, and women, to act out their cowboy fantasies.
You can hire a horse and follow the trail of the Man With No Name, accompanied by suitable background music composed by Sierra Leone played over the outdoor speaker system. The cowboys in the white hats watching you through slit eyes as you pass by are the bad guys – don’t be tempted to steal the horse. At 12.30pm and 2.30pm take a beer in the saloon. You may well become involved in the live entertainment, all the guns fire blanks but you can never be sure.
Returning to reality, for the latest opening times and prices go to: Fort Bravo
From Almeria, take the A92 signposted Granada and Guadix. After 15 kilometres exit on the N340a signposted Sorbas. After about 5 kilometres you should see a dusty track on your left signposted Fort Bravo, Texas Hollywood. Drive along the track for about 2 kilometres through buttes and canyons that have featured in hundreds of western films. You will emerge at a car park.
Apart from wandering round the sets there is not a great deal for the younger child, it’s definitely a man place but just back down the road towards Almeria there is another attraction, Oasys Mini Hollywood.
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