Desierto de Tabernas

Desierto de Tabernas Type: Nature site Province: Almería Municipality: Alboloduy, Gádor, Gérgal, Santa Cruz de Marchena, Tabernas
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The Tabernas Desert Natural Beauty Spot is located on a strip of 11,625 hectares situated to the north of the city of Almería, between the Filabres and Alhamilla mountain ranges.

It is considered to be the only real desert on the whole European continent and its scenery is tremendously stimulating and startling. With a semiarid Mediterranean climate, rainfall that does not reach 250 mm per year and an average temperature over 17° C, Mediterranean type sand covered gullies have formed, known as "bad lands", with steppes covered in grasses.

In this singular group of desert like landscapes xerophitic vegetation grows, autochthonous to the southeast of Spain, with monospecific species which are unique in the European continent among which the following can be mentioned: Euzomo dendron bourgaeanum, Limoniun insignis, or parasitic plants such as Cynomo rium coccineum. Salt cedar and oleander in the dry gullies. Brushwood which need nitrogen-rich soil.

In the Tabernas desert we can find the two types of Spanish hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus and Aethechinus algirus. The birds can be seen, above all, over the dry gullies and river beds in the walls of which they find places to hide and build nests. Among these we can mention the royal swift (Apus melva), the rock martin (Hirundo rupestris), Monticola solitarius, or the jackdaw (Corvus monedula), among others. The presence of the bullfinch (Rhodopechys githaginea) and of a large number of birds typical to the steppes, stone curlews, sandgrouse and crested larks are worthy of note.

One of its most exploited economic resources is, curiously enough, the fact it has been used as a set for films.

General information

Extension: 11625 hectares Date of declaration: 28/07/1989 Environmental units:Arid Andalusian Southeast Routes:The Sergio Leone Dollars Trilogy route

What to do

Sports:Climbing, Caving, Orienteering, Hiking, Mountain biking, Off-road vehicles, Horse riding, Multi-adventure activities

Interest Points

  • Cerro Alfaro, visible desde gran parte de la geografía almeriense, se trata de paraje lleno de belleza florística, cortados desafiantes y restos marinos. Donde habitan cabras salvajes, jabalíes, garduñas, tejones y zorros. A la entrada del desierto de Tabernas y a las faldas de sierra Alhamilla, pertenece al municipio de Rioja.

    Desde su cima se divisa el Desierto de Tabernas, Sierra Nevada, el macizo de Los Filabres, la Sierra de de Gádor, la de Alhamilla y el mar.

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    Existen varios Poblados del Far West rehabilitados para uso turístico que ofrecen espectáculos en vivo realizados por especialistas (tiroteos, peleas, persecuciones, etc.), paseos a caballo, restaurantes y otros servicios. En 1997 se inauguró junto al “Mini –Hollywood” una reserva zoológica con un gran número especies foráneas que, con toda seguridad, atraerán la curiosidad, tanto de pequeños, como de mayores. Además, en estas instalaciones cabe destacar la presencia de un grupo de Gacelas Dama, Dorcas y Cuvier, procedentes del Parque de Rescate de Fauna Sahariana, dependiente del CSIC y especializado en la conservación y cría en cautividad de estos ungulados globalmente amenazados.

    Municipality:Tabernas
    Province:Almería

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Trails

  • El sendero Desierto de Tabernas discurre por la rambla de Tabernas hasta “el oasis”. Después se sube por la misma rambla para continuar el recorrido, pasando bajo el puente de los Callejones, hasta llegar cerca del decorado cinematográfico Western-Leone, para seguir por el Llano del Duque finalizando en la zona de El Chortal. Todo el sendero se desarrolla sobre el lecho arenoso de la rambla, con la amplitud suficiente para realizarlo, si se quiere, en bicicleta.

    Trayecto: circular.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 7500 meters Duration: 4 hours Difficulty: baja

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