I went there in summer 2005, it was the first time i had ever left England!!!
The landscape is incredible, for some it may just be boring mountains but when you notice areas from the spaghettis you love you feel like your in your own little world.
After trawling through the internet for months on end a friend of mine found out some of the approximate areas where some of the westerns were shot, armed with cameras and a rucksack full of screenshots we went on our search.
Sometimes we had to go out over a mile or so into desolate mountain ranges, most of the time for some reason there are warning and keep out signs but why should that deter you (if we got caught trespassing we could have just said that we didn’t understand the signs).
The one that got me the most excited was when i found the side of the mountain top where Milian hides in “The Big Gundown”. I climbed up a high mountain to get a good look at the valleys and didn’t realize how high i’d climbed! I’ts ok getting up the mountain, it’s just getting down again.
In a place near San Jose is the windmill from “A pistol for Ringo”, and if you look down the hill from there to the right you can see the House that the film is set it (locked gates and dogs roaming around!!), and not far away is the Rock on the beach near the start of “Blindman”, incidentally it was there that i dislocated and broke my arm.
Also no trip to Almeria is complete without visiting Mini Hollywood and Texas Hollywood, (now called Fort Bravo i think)
Very hot as you would imagine but i loved every minute of it (apart from that painful afternoon!).
For me it was the holiday of a lifetime but to some of my friends who have been all over the world it was like, “You’ve only gone to Spain”, if only they knew