Feature: Lights, Camera, Action

International film-makers have long been drawn to Almería’s harsh desert landscapes. Most famously, director Sergio Leone teamed up with Clint Eastwood et al in the mid-1960s to shoot his 'spaghetti westerns' in the Desierto de Tabernas. But the Italian wasn't the first to film in the area. A few years earlier, David Lean had brought the production of his 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia to the province, filming at various locations including the Playa de los Genoveses. A second beach, the Playa de Mónsul, later featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), serving as the backdrop for a scene in which Sean Connery brings down a plane with a flock of birds.

Almería city has also staged its fair share of drama. It doubled as Palermo and Messina in the WWII classic Patton (1970) and has hosted shoots for the sixth season of Game of Thrones – the Alcazaba appears as Sunspear, the capital of Dorne.

Other movies filmed in the province include Cleopatra (1963); 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); Conan the Barbarian (1982); Never Say Never Again (1983); and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009).