The Desierto de Tabernas, the desert of Tabernas is one of europe's driest places. Squeezed between Sierra Nevada, Gador, Filabre and Alhamilla its rock formations, vast lands and parched ramblas are very similar to the famous north-american western landscapes.
Therefor moviemakers explored the nearly untouched area in the south of Spain as film location. Many famous spaghetti-western - about 300 of them - were produced here. Sergio Leone's "Dollars Trilogy" (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Bud Spencer & Terrence Hill and Indiana Jones, they all were made in the desert.
Most of the productions needed special film sets: saloons, forts, western towns.But when the film crews left there was no more use for the cheap and shaky built settings. They were left aboned to itself and nature. Most of them couldn't stand the tough weather in the desert for long, today they remain as debris. But some of them brave the elements and are still used as settings for new movie locations or advertising scenery. Or as touristic attraction - with horses, cowboys and loud western music.