Guided tour

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

From $41.04 per person

Tour Europe’s only desert on board a go-anywhere 4WD vehicle and discover a unique landscape that has been featured in movies such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.”

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Europe's only desert landscape
  • Visit movie locations and follow in the footsteps of the stars of the spaghetti westerns
  • Learn about the geology and wildlife of the Tabernas Desert
  • Marvel at the desert's similarity to the deserts of north Africa and Arabia
Full description
Enjoy a 4WD adventure in Europe’s only desert landscape on this 2-hour scenic drive through the Tabernas Desert, situated between the Sierra de los Filabres and the Sierra de Alhamilla. Boasting over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, an annual rainfall of a mere 200 millimeters, and temperatures ranging from 23° F to 118° F (-5°C to 48°C), the gray tones of the desert’s gullies, ravines and other geological formations turn golden when the sun rests on them at sunset. Essential to the history of cinema in Almeria, Tabernas Desert served as a location for hundreds of movies, including “Lawrence of Arabia.” Dozens of spaghetti westerns, such as “A Fistful of Dollars, “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” gave rise to an era of rampant shooting. Adventure stories war films, and science fiction films have all made use of the landscape, including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and “Conan the Barbarian.” Marvel at the desert’s similarity to the American badlands,and the deserts of north Africa and Arabia. En route, you will learn about the geological formation of this extraordinary place, including the flora and fauna that somehow manage to survive there.
Includes
  • Transportation by 4WD vehicle
  • Insurance
  • Material for interpretation
  • Specialized guide
  • Food
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the information office at Taberna's village, situated at the entrance of the village coming from the Almería direction. Address: Calle de Las Angustias s/n - 04200 Tabernas. In front there is a bar called "EL PORTICHUELO".

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Bring bottled water, comfortable clothes, according to the temperature and time of year, and your camera
  • Please bring your own child seat for children under 6
  • Spanish and English tours are available year-round
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 184 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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The best way to experience the desert without getting too touristy

This was a fantastic tour of the Tabernas desert that allowed us to experience it in its true beauty without getting too touristy or entering one of the theme parks. As you can imagine, getting properly into the desert without a 4x4 is basically impossible, unless you're willing to do some major hiking (no fun in July or August), so this is a somewhat unique opportunity. Cristina was a great, informative guide and has some seriously impressive 4x4 driving skills, fearlessly going across all kinds of terrain. She is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Tabernas and gave just the right amount of info about geology and the Westerns filmed, allowing for some time for us to explore each area without being over-bearing like a lot of tour guides tend to be.

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August 2, 2014

Guide excellente, durant le parcours et les arrêt beaucoup de détail spécifique quant à l'origine et l'histoire de ce désert, entre coupé d'anecdote et bien sur de référence cinématographique. je recommande vivement cette excursion guidée en français. toute ma famille, j'ai 2 grands ados, a apprécié cette activité. merci à Christina (notre guide)

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August 17, 2021

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Superbe visite avec Christina. Beaucoup d informations tant sur des repères historiques que géologiques. On n a jamais été noyé par les renseignements qui sont clairs nets précis. Seule la chaleur etait étouffante. Visite guidee incontournable de la région. Attention cette visite n inclue pas les décors de Western qui sont des parcs d attraction avec leur propre entrée payante.

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July 26, 2021

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