The Tabernas Desert in Almeria is one of those unique peculiarities of nature that astonish the traveller visiting Andalusia. It is even more surprising to find out that it is the only desert area of the European continent. The Tabernas Desert is located between the Filabres Mountains and Alhamilla and it became world famous when it turned into an immense film set for national and international productions.
The sun coupled with high temperatures and low rainfall have created an arid landscape with harsh living conditions where only a small but valuable amount of fauna and flora develops. The area is sprinkled with gullies and dry ravines and it is at sunset when one can contemplate its singular beauty as the reddish light of the sun is reflected on its lunar landscape.
The characteristics of this environment are ideal to enjoy a trip with a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the famous all-terrain vehicle created for experiences that challenge any limits. The vehicle is provided with sturdy snow and mud tires, easy-access controls to connect 4×4 capabilities and in short, Rubicon is tailor-made for adventurous drivers determined to turn their visit to Tabernas into a journey of excitement.
The Tabernas Desert can be reached by highway but regardless of the choosen road to arrive there, the traveler awaits kilometers of aridity and silence, sprinkled only by some eucalyptus that grow in the ditches or some pines that resist the drought. In fact, it is the perfect terrain to explore with the comforts of a Jeep Rubicon. Along the way, there are also abandoned hamlets in the immensity of the brown moor. This landscape will not leave indifferent those adventurers who come to know this territory worthy of a film.
This cinematographic charm has been immortalised in mythical westerns but also in more modern films such as ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. The Italian director Sergio Leone also came to this Andalusian land in order to direct films such as ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, ‘For a Few Dollars More’ or ‘A Fistful of Dollars’.
The uniqueness of this area is in turn conditioned by the environment that surrounds it. When the visitor arrives at the Tabernas Desert, they will perceive almost immediately that this is a land of contrasts. Just over 50 kilometres away, the warm Mediterranean melts into the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, giving rise to one of the most beautiful landscapes on the Andalusian coastline. Cliffs, dunes, deep blue waters, lonely beaches, small fishing villages and old windmills complement this route in which light, sea and land are the main protagonists.
Halfway between Tabernas and Cabo de Gata, the traveller finds the unique village of Sorbas, where nature created another geological treasure: the natural site of Los Yesos de Sorbas. This white village, more charming than Tabernas, rises on a rocky crag and is surrounded by the Aguas riverbed.
This route by car from the Tabernas Desert to the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, including a stop in Sorbas, will surprise the traveller both by its cinematographic landscape, which will transport them to the stage of another world, and by its unique light. It will not leave anyone who comes to visit it indifferent.
JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON
3.500 Lbs. max. towing capacity
20.4″ turning radius