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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                           June 2019                                                7
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