Tabernas & Sierra Alhamilla

Tabernas & Sierra Alhamilla

Only 15km northeast of Almeria city is this largely barren and rugged 8,500ha mountain range, designated a protected natural area in 1989. Riven by deep gullies, particularly on its southern slopes, it rises to 1,387m at its highest point of the Colativí peak.

Sandwiched between the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Gador, Filabres and Alhamilla is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Spain, the desolate Desierto de Tabernas. The only semi-desert in Europe; there is a surreal, lunar quality about its wierdly eroded ravines, dry river beds and barren slopes apparently devoid of vegetation, bleached by the sun and occasionally singed with ochre hues.

The site of many Western movies, northern Almeria is a virtual lunar landscape with canyons and rocky wastes. Clint Eastwood, Raquel Welch, Charles Bronson were all here before the big time movie industry moved on leaving behind their Wild West film set which is now open as a tourist attraction.

The Festivals in Senés are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas en Honora El Divino Rostro y Fiesta del Emigrante.

The Festivals in Lucainena de las Torres are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Fiestas de San Sebastián, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de Santiago, Semana Cultural Deportiva y Feria de la Virgen del Monte Sión.

The Festivals in Gérgal are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Sebastián, Moros y Cristianos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Feria y Fiestas en Honor a la Virgen del Carmen.