...Yes, that's right! Mini-Hollywood is an area located in the Desert of Tabernas , Almeria, the only desert in Europe.
It’s unique, beautiful and enigmatic landscapes provided the backdrops for historic legendary films such as 'A Fistful of Dollars', 'For a Few Dollars More', 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'Indiana Jones and the last Crusade'…
Hundreds of celebrities and actors left their footprints here, like Clint Eastwood, Brigitte Bardot, Anthony Quinn, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Sean Connery, Raquel Welch, Orson Wells ... It was the paradise for Hollywood cinema for two decades, the 60s and 70s and the location for Sergio Leone movies.
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Presently there are three sites that are operated independently, that are open for visitors: the , Oasys Theme Park, Fort Bravo and Western Leone. All of them offer a variety of the American Wild West attractions, some of them are still being used as film locations.
This Western set represented the town of El Paso (Texas) in "For A Few Dollars More" and it also appeared in "The Good the Bad and the Ugly". It is the largest Mini Hollywood site of all (and our kids are just crazy about it!). Apart from the Western Town it boasts a great pool area and a zoo! All included in the price. The ideal place to spend an entire day out with kids! Good value for money! Make sure you arrive first thing in the morning so you get the most out of the park.
This Western town was expressly built for the shooting "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" as additional decorations to the already existing Oasys Theme Park settings. Today one will find Fort Bravo almost in its original condition. It is a Must See for all Western buffs. comprised of a saloon,jail, shops, bank and stables. It also boasts a Mexican area with a square, church, peasant homes and homesteads.You probably will have seen these decoration in many commercial spots, such as Pepsi etc.
Here you will find the restored "Sweetwater" as it appeared in "Once Upon A Time in the West" in 1968. This little Western town, is still being used for film shoots. It also offers a cowboy show, western saloon and souvenir shop. By the time of writing, one of the actors currently working there claims to be the "secret" son of Henry Fonda! After having had a drink with him in the Saloon, I am convinced he is!!
Almeria Insider Tip !
When coming to Mini-Hollywood, you should wear comfortable shoes, and on hot days sun protection and at least one bottle of water. I also recommend backpacking particularly if you are coming with children since there will be much walking waiting for you. Also, if you decided to visit the Oasys Theme Park, don't forget your swimsuit and towel because you may want to relax and cool off in the pool!
Make sure to check their exact location on the google map provided below, they are close to each other. (zoom the map in and out and right-click on the yellow camera icon:)
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being chased by the indians...on our motorcycles???
This is from back in the early 70's....long before there were any theme parks...There were a group of us stationed in Rota and off on a 3 day holiday ride, …
Yes I was there with my wife and another couple at FORD BRAVO
We were there a few Months ago. and from that moment it was like something you would dream.... amazing the Sheriff was in his full costume, we stayed in …
I just thought it was so cool. I was never much of a fan of Spaghetti westerns so my partner was my guide as we scrambled up rickety stairs into even more …
Traveller Review to Mini-Hollywood Almeria, Spain
I have been to mini hollywood and witnessed the experience of a life time it was great more people should go i mean i lived in spain for 7 years ive been …
Our vist to Fort Bravo
We drove to Fort Bravo from Southampton UK, and it was worth every penny, would do it again. If your into westerns then you have to come here, When your …
a few dollars for johnny video Not rated yet
i had a great time in spain filmed a few dollars for johnny at oasys and fort bravo used el paso film set at graveyard scene for ending with the help of …
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