Tabernas Film Studio
Tabernas Film Studio

In the 1960s and 1970s more than 100 films were partially shot at these two film sets in the bleak Almeria desert landscape of Tabernas, including Westerns such as A Fistful of Dollars, The Magnificent Seven, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; also Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. More recently, an episode of Dr Who (A Town Called Mercy starring Matt Green; Series 7, episode 3) was shot here – see a trailer here.

These days, visitors to Oasys (formerly known as Mini Hollywood) can enjoy a mock bank hold-up and shootout, staged at noon, 5pm and 8pm daily, as well as stopping off for a cold beer at the Western-style saloon, which stages Can-Can shows. There is also a pool, a cactus garden, and a zoo with 800 animals of 175 species, including giraffes, lions, zebras and buffalo, and parrot demonstrations.

Just 3km away is Fort Bravo Texas Hollywood, also used as a movie set for spaghetti westerns. This one boasts a Wild West town, stockaded fort, Mexican pueblo, complete with church and square, and Indian settlement, complete with teepees. It also offers daily shows, as well as a pool, restaurant, saloon bar, shop and cabañas to rent. You can meet horses, donkeys and camels, and even go on horseriding trips, catering to all levels of experience - ride 'em on, cowboy!

Open Oasys: April to October, daily 10am-9pm and November-March, Sat - Sun 10am-7pm.
Fort Bravo: April to November, daily 9am-8pm and November to March, daily 9am-6pm

Entry: Oasys costs 22 euros for adults and 12.50 euros for children aged 3-12; Fort Bravo costs 17.90 euros for adults and children aged 12 and over, and 9.90 euros for children aged 5-11.

Tel: Oasys 950 36 52 36; Fort Bravo 950 066 014.