Andalusian Wild West and Cabo de Gata NEW
Short walks, nature, history and cinema: Almería, southeast Andalusia - small international guided group

A fascinating week for walkers, botanists and amateurs of cowboy films...
Behind the notorious 'sea of plastic' of Almería is hidden a marvellous land: the Sierra Alhamilla and Tabernas Desert, and the Cabo de Gata coastal Natural Park. We explore the impressive gorges and ramblas of the desert on foot... the pittoresque villages of the Sierra Alhamilla... the salt pans, volcanic cliffs and bays of Cabo de Gata, refuge of numerous birds and of endemic plants! An attractive set of visits includes: the Los Millares prehistoric site, the Alcázar and Casa del Cine of Almería, film-sets, the solar research centre, the Rodalquilar gold-mines by 4WD and the Cabo de Gata shores by boat.

ONE WEEK Activities: four walks of 2-3h and two of 1h30, stony at times; maximum denivellation +250m/day; numerous visits as mentioned. Group 10 maximum.

in hotel in rooms for two (private bathrooms): 5 nights in the little town of Tabernas and 2 at the famous Cortijo El Sotillo in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.

DATES (Friday-Friday)
2019 22-29 March FULLY BOOKED, 3-10 May FULLY BOOKED, 18-25 October.

PRICE 975 euros per person; single room supplement 155 euros.

RENDEZVOUS Almería airport at 18.00 corresponding to the Iberia flight from Madrid at 15.50.
DISPERSAL Almería airport at noon (13.45 Iberia flight to Madrid 14.55), or Málaga airport at 14.30 — choose a flight departing after 16.30.

Location of this programme:

FRIDAY: Transfer from Almería to Tabernas (5 nights here).

SATURDAY: The fantasmagorical scenery of the Tabernas Desert. Castle of Tabernas: an aerial view of the paraje natural. Almería: the imposing Taifal palace dominating the port, and the Casa Museo del Cine where, during filming in the 1960s-70s, stayed stars such as Clint Eastwood, Brigitte Bardot and John Lennon.

SUNDAY: Los Millares: a very important Copper Age site. Sets and landscapes of Exodus (2013) at Baños de Sierra Alhamilla, where the temperature of the spring is 58ºC.

MONDAY: The Sierra de Alhamilla: the walk of the Via Verde to the former iron mines, the delightful villages of Lucainena de las Torres and Turrillas. The solar research centre and the Oro del Desierto olive oil.

TUESDAY: The labyrinth of ramblas of the desert, where many Paella Westerns and other films were shot. We also relive the films of Sergio Leone, with a replay of scenes shot in the 1960s: the Mexican village, the saloon, prison, bank, stables and cavalry fort.

WEDNESDAY: Arrival at Cabo de Gata (2 nights): shore and sea-bed by boat [option of swimming from it], walk in a volcanic crater, cliffs & fort of San Ramón or beach of El Playazo.

THURSDAY: Casa de los Volcanes and Rodalquilar gold-mines by 4WD, with the Cortijo del Fraile and Los Albaricoques in the steps of Garcia Lorca and Sergio Leone. Observation of the birdlife of the salt pans, and the cape with its volcanic lava columns — splendid views !

FRIDAY: Transfer to Almería / Málaga.

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