Sierra Alhamilla villages
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
Velefique is home to the remains of a castle built by the Moors on a hill to the east. Take a walk around the outskirts through forest paths to the Tetica de Bacares, located at 3,000m altitude.… More →
Uleila del Campo is famous for the delicious cheese that is produced locally by the Quesos Monteagud factory. The Museo del Esparto and Museo de La Tejera offer valuable insights into the town’s… More →
Turrillas is situated next to the Parque Natural de Sierra Alhamilla, one of the most beautiful protected areas in Andalucía. At the entrance to Turrillas, close to the small chapel dedicated to… More →
Tahal is of special interest to lovers of prehistoric archaeology. At sites such as Peña de los Chaparrales or Yacimiento del Cerro del Mojón, remains from the Neolithic and Argaric era have been… 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 →
Olula de Castro is a small and tranquil village found 54km from Almería city, at an altitude of more than 1000m. The town is a perfect destination for those who wish to get away from the hustle… 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 →