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“Be prepared to

                                                                                                                                  get into the

                                                                                                                                    mood. Wear

                                                                                                                                jeans, boots, a

                                                                                                                                cowboy hat. &

                                                                                                                                     Leave the

                                                                                                                             Colt 45 at home”

                                                         A Man’s                                                             and been thrown through the saloon’s batwing doors   bank raids occur several times each day, and Jesse
                                                                                                                             more times than is healthy for a grown man.
                                                                                                                                                                                 James meets his maker every few hours. There is a Fun
                                                                                                                                                                                 Barn for children’s activities, a swimming complex in
                                                                                                                             Today the sets are occasionally used for advertisements
                                                                                                                                                                                 which to cool down and a zoo with big cats.
                                                                                                                             and films but the main attraction at Fort Bravo, Texas
                                                         Gotta Do ....                                                       Hollywood, is the opportunity for grown men, and    After the filming of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’,
                                                                                                                             women, to act out their cowboy fantasies.
                                                                                                                                                                                 the film extras purchased the set, for rather more than
                                                                                                                                                                                 Rafa paid for his town, to promote it as a tourist
                                                                                                                             Hire a horse and follow the trail of the ‘Man With No
                                                                                                                                                                                 attraction. They were later bought out by a hotel group.
                                                                                                                             Name’, accompanied by suitable background music
                                                                                                                             composed by Sergio Leone played over the outdoor
                                                                                                                                                                                 Almería, you will find Western Leone. As the name
                                                                                                                             speaker system. The cowboys in the white hats and   If that is not enough for you then, on the A-92, north of
                                                         In the 1960s Hollywood decided that the desert area around          dust coats, watching through slit eyes as you pass by   suggests, it was built by Sergio himself. In addition to
                                                         Tabernas near Almería was a much more realistic setting for         are the bad guys – don’t be tempted to steal the horse.   the regular wild west buildings, there is the original
                                                         western films than any place in America. In the early 1970s,        At 12.30pm and 2.30pm take a beer in the saloon. You   large red house that was a central location in ‘Once
                                                         the Americans arrived and built a western town complete             may well become involved in the live entertainment, all   Upon a Time in the West’. Shows take place in the
                                                         with a fort, a Mexican village and an Indian village.               the guns fire blanks but you can never be sure.     saloon and on the street three or four times per day.
                                                         The Western set includes a gallows, bank, hotel, jail,              Apart from wandering around the sets, there is not a   Food and drink are available in the saloon and
                                                         blacksmith’s shop and a Sheriff’s office, all built in a style      great deal for the younger child, it is definitely a man   restaurant and, for those with a thirst for knowledge,
                                                         reminiscent of the American Old West era. This is Fort              place, but a short distance back down the road towards   there is a small film museum. Horses can be hired and,
                                                         Bravo.                                                              Almería there is another attraction, Oasys Mini     unlike at Fort Bravo, the rides are guided and take you
                                                                                                                                                                                 into the surrounding desert where you will recognise
                                                         The Mexican set features a church, a town square and                                                                    many of the buttes and wadis, scenes of raids,
                                                         pueblo-style houses, whilst the Indian village consists of          Oasys is a Western-style theme park. It was built for the   ambushes and escapes in so many films. Sadly, there is
                                                         tepees.                                                             film ‘For a Few Dollars More’ and includes an       no accompanying music
                                                                                                                             abandoned gold mine, saloon, stores and a bank. Mock
                                                         Actors such as Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda and Lee Van
                                                         Cleef rode the plains, drank and played cards in the saloon          Fort Bravo: From Almería, take the A92 signposted Granada and Guadix. After 15 kilometres exit on the N340a
                                                         and fought it out on the main street during the making of the        signposted Sorbas. After about 5 kilometres you should see a dusty track on your left signposted Fort Bravo, Texas
                                                         spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, ‘Once Upon a Time in             Hollywood. Drive along the trail for about 2 kilometres through buttes and canyons that have featured in hundreds
                                                         the West’, ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ and many more.                     of western films. You will emerge in a car park.
                                                         In 1977, a stuntman, Rafa Molina, bought the set for a fistful
                                                         of dollars, 6,000 to be precise. His rationale was to                Oasys Mini Hollywood: Leave Fort Bravo, return to the main road, turn right and drive for 4 kilometres. Oasys is on
                                                         encourage filming and thus his chances of employment.                the left.
                                                         Hundreds of films and commercials have since been                    Western Leone: Leave Oasys, turn left and join the A-92. Head north signposted Guadix. After 1 kilometre leave at
                                                         produced. Rafa’s plot also worked. He has been hung, shot,           the junction at kilometre 378.9.
                                                         blown up, dragged behind his horse, fallen off high buildings

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