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Hiking in the Tabernas desert



Explore the astonishing landscape of the Tabernas desert, its geological formations, flora and fauna and its backdrops for "spaghetti Western" films make it distinctive.

Key Facts:

Length: 9 km; Accumulated height difference: 320 m ascent; Duration: 4 hours (without transportation time)

Difficulty: Low; Meeting point: Avd. Capitán Moreno, Granada (see the map)

Departure time (Granada): 7:30 am

Arrival time (Granada): 8:30 pm (depends on the pace of the group)

Family trip?: Yes

The trip:
Tabernas desert: a suggestive landscape is waiting for us: land scored with ravines and gullies, eroded slopes and small oases with palm trees. It is the only actual desert area in the whole of the European continent. It holds scarce and strange vegetation, similar to that of the North African deserts.  Extremely rare species of birds live in the desert and for this reason the area is protected on a European level as a Special Protection Area for birds.
Many Italian filmmakers found tabernas desert to be the perfect backdrop for the making of “Westerns”. We will discover the remains of the sets and settlements typical of the American West, where famous “Spaghetti Western” films were made.
After lunch time, we will be able to visit another important geological monument, the Gypsum Karst of Sorbas. We make a tour of the interior cave whose walls and ceilings are made of gypsum crystals. The sensation is to be in a dark glass palace.

Landscape and heritage

  • Geological features
  • Desert landscape
  • Endemics plants
  • Old scenes of western films
  • Gypsum caves in Sorbas


Equipment recommended:
Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. Snacks and food, water (minimum 1,5-2L). The weather in the desert is usually warm, but changeable. We recommend a base layer, a long arm shirt, lightweight fleece, wind stopper, long trousers and trekking shoes. Hiking sticks and your personal first aid kit.

Price “custom dates”: €75/pp. It does include the guiding trip, insurance and transportation. 2 people minimum. 20% off for more than 4 participants.

Purchasing Conditions:  Excursions must be booked and paid for at least three days in advance.  Participants must arrive at the meeting point on time.  The group will wait for participants for five minutes, but then leave.  In this situation, no money will be reimbursed.  All participants should ensure that they know how to get to the meeting point and if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Location: Tabernas desert - Natural Park, Almería
Duration: 4 h
Difficulty: Level 1 (REI)


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Activity Level Descriptions



(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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