In the middle of the Second World War, the archaeologist Indiana Jones and his father were escaping from the Nazi planes on a beach theoretically located in Jordan. Some three decades before, the archaeologist and writer Thomas Edward Lawrence had a thousand and one adventures supposedly in North Africa, but not actually there.
What do the intrepid Indiana Jones and T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, have in common? Very simple, both are characters in films and both saw their adventures developed in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Park in the south east of the Andalusian province of Almería.
Since the 1950s, the solid aridness of the most desert areas in Europe has served to give life to the fantasies of numerous creators of the seventh art. These fantasies can now be enjoyed by any intrepid traveller trekking to the area or on a cycle tour or 4x4 trail through the most spectacular places of the region.
Some of the estates in the park, such as El Nazareno or El Sotillo, have seen Clint Eastwood draw his revolver with Eli Wallach or Lee Van Cleef in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, or A Fistful of Dollars. What’s more, if you prefer the coolness of the Mediterranean, you can go to one of the Mónsul or Los Genoveses beaches, where the former Monty Python Terry Gilliam set one of his mad productions, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, or where Sean Connery was the chief of the North African Berber village in the film The Wind and the Lion.
A book could be made of the commercials, television series and video clips that have been filmed in recent years in this nature park. Depeche Mode recorded their black and white version of Personal Jesus and Jamiroquai brought out their collection of sports cars and a helicopter in Cosmic Girl, White knuckle ride and Blue Skies. What is sure is that after a visit to these places, it will be you who discovers these references in the future.