Sierra Alhamilla

Sierra Alhamilla

Much of the interior of Almeria province is semi-arid steppe. It is a parched, lunar landscape of low, mostly barren mountains and dried-up river beds, like a scene from the North American Wild West and it´s no surprise that this is where many spaghetti westerns were shot. You can visit Mini Hollywood, near Tabernas, a reconstructed former film set where A Fistful of Dollars and many other westerns were made, or the two other Wild West theme parks. With careful research you can still uncover some of the original locations plus more recent ones such as Game of Thrones

Two sections of this desert in particular have exceptional geological features: the Karst en Yesos de Sorbas Natural Area, the most outstanding gypsum landscape in Spain, and the strangely eroded mountains of the Desierto de Tabernas Natural Area.     On the southern limit of the Sierra de Alamilla Natural Area is found the delightful Hotel Balnario de Sierra Alhamilla which is accessed on a mountain road from Pechina.  

Destinations in Sierra Alhamilla

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… More →

This village is home to the remains of a castle built by the Muslims on a hill to the east. As well as visiting its typical centre, take a walk around the outskirts through forest paths to the… More →

This village is located 55km from Almería city, and is famous for the tasty cheese that is made here. Walking through the narrow and steep streets of the village centre, visitors will find the… More →

This village is another which has the good fortune of being located next to the Parque Natural de Sierra Alhamilla, one of the best protected areas in Andalucía. At the entrance to Turrillas,… More →

This small village is located 68km from Almería city and is of special interest to lovers of prehistoric archaeology. At places such as Peña de los Chaparrales or el Yacimiento del Cerro del Mojón… More →

Senés is found in the Sierra de Filabres, surrounded by steep mountains which were the first plots used by the Moors and which are now abundant with almond trees. It has about 330 inhabitants. The… More →

This small and tranquil village, found 54km from Almería city and at more than 1000m altitude, has a typical village centre. Its staggered streets and white houses with flat roofs make it seem… More →

Lucainena de las Torres, more popularly known as Lucainena, has the privilege of lying adjacent to one of the most magnificent protected areas in Andalucía, the Parque Natural Sierra de Alhamilla… More →

Gérgal is home to an interesting castle, constructed in the Lombard style, which dominates the slopes and terraces of the village and, despite being built in the sixteenth century, remains in good… More →

Castro de Filabres is situated in a riverbed between the Sierra Alhamilla and the Sierra de Gádor, an ideal environment for nature lovers to enjoy rural tourism. In the whitewashed village, where… More →

Benizalón has an Arab past which is evident in its centre, with narrow and cobbled streets flanked by whitewashed houses. It has about 250 inhabitants. The first reliable data on the occupation of… More →

Benitagla is a small and calm village surrounded by plots of almond and olive trees and vines. It has about 60 inhabitants. Benitagla was founded by the descendants of the Berber Tribes that… More →

Alcudia de Monteagud offers a postcard view over its whitewashed houses and the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. The remains of buildings like the Torre de los Casares and La Torrecilla,… More →

See and Do in Sierra Alhamilla

Situated at Km 474 of the N-340 highway is Route 66, a popular American bar. Its name draws a link between the famous dusty American road and Spain´s iconic coastal route, and sits well amongst… More →

The wonderful 18th century two-storey building, which now houses the Sierra Alhamilla Balneario (Spa), was restored from ruins in 1984 by Isidro Perez, its present day owner. Originally built on… More →

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… More →

Natural Parks in 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… More →

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… More →

Like the nearby Desierto de Tabernas Natural Area, this is a dramatically eroded lunar landscape of semi-arid desert covering 2,375ha, designated a protected area in 1989. It is also Spain's most… More →

Book Hotels in Sierra Alhamilla

With garden views, Casa Mimi is situated in Gérgal and has a restaurant, luggage storage space, bar, garden and terrace. The bed and breakfast features both WiFi and private parking free of charge. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available each morning at Casa Mimi. Almería is 48 km from the accommodation, while Tabernas is 29 km from the property.

Located in the dramatic Almerian Desert, this welcoming, family-run hotel boasts luxuries of a boutique hotel including a outdoor pool set within pretty gardens and tasty, homemade food. All air-conditioned rooms are uniquely decorated with rustic features including authentic, stone walls and wooden floorboards. Cool off in the outdoor pool during the summer months and relax in the shady garden with colourful plants and ornaments that inspired the name of this hotel.