The province of Almeria has a stunning landscape that has attracted film markers since the early sixties. The Tabermas Dessert with its wind blown sandstone and dry riverbeds has provided dramatic backdrops for dozens of 'spaghetti' westerns, Peter O'Toole classic Lawrence of Arabia and other more recent films such as Patton, The Wind and the Lion and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The Pepsi commercial, starting David Beckham, is a recent pieces of filming to take place at the Mini Hollywood film set. Other famous celebrities and actors who have left their footprints here include, Clint Eastwood, Brigitte Bardot, Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Orson Wells, Sean Connery and Raquel Welch
Many of the movie sets still remain and have been carefully preserved and rebuilt to provide attractions for an ever increasing number of visitors to the area. The most famous set is Mini Hollywood where over one hundred films have been shot, including the Sergio Leone classics A Fistful of Dollars and The Magnificent Seven where Clint Eastwood starred.
Mini Hollywood is the longest established of three theme parks existing in the area. The other two 'Western Leone' and 'Texas Hollywood' are still part-time working film locations. Mini-Hollywood is now entirely given over to the theme-park business and provides a variety of attractions, which include, a twice daily simulation of a spectacular Wild West gunfight when bandits ride into town to hold up the bank.
The other main attraction is a excellent zoo which has a good selection of animals including, tigers and Siberian red, white rhinos, giraffes, coatis, otters, African gazelles, along with birds, reptiles and insects. The theme park also includes film and car museums, a swimming pool, a parrot show, a salon where you can see a 'can can show' and the usually selection of restaurants, gift shops and ice cream outlets.
Texas Hollywood is located close to Mini Hollywood, 25 kilometers north of Almeria City on the A-340. The film set continues to make films but also offers visitors the opportunity to stroll around the film sets which include a Mexican Village, an Indian Village and a typical America Wild West Town complete with a saloon, a jail, shops, a bank and stables with horses and authentic stagecoaches.
Western Leone owes its name to the Italian film director Sergio Leone who turned the Almeria landscape into a film location. Leone films included his epic Western 'Once Upon A Time In The West' (1968) starring Claudia Cardinale and the legendary Henry Fonda, as well as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Treasure Island.
For more information on the attractions please call Tel: +34 950 36 52 36 (Mini Hollywood) or +34 950 16 54 56 (Texas Hollywood).