Walk this way! Hiking routes announced in Almeria

ACTION: Walkers will have the opportunity to visit the locations for famous Westerns and other films

THE Diputacion de Almeria has announced its series of Cinematographic Hiking Routes for April and May.

Three proposals have been put forward for the routes as part of an announcement from Antonio J Rodriguez, the authority’s culture spokesperson.

The routes are set to see walkers tour the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and the Tabernas Desert, which are co-ordinated by film expert Juan Enrique Perez Miranda.

Rodriquez said the walks aimed to promote film tourism and show off the province’s cinema heritage.

“We want Almeria to have the best cinema offering with its landscapes and wealth of legacy,” Rodriquez said.

Two of the routes on offer run through the Tabernas Desert and one through the Cabo de Gata.

They will cover all genres including the dramatic, the biblical, adventure, fantasy, war and westerns.

Walkers will get the chance to see the backdrops of films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Conan, Indiana Jones and The Nameless Man.

The Tabernas Desert trek will be one to sign up to for fans of Spaghetti Westerns, with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly shot there in the 1960’s.

Rodriquez said walkers would learn about the historic and future value of the film industry in Almeria and abut conservation and protection needs.

The Tabernas Desert routes will run until Tuesday April, while the Cabo de Gata walks continue until May 8. Sign up costs €5 and is available via the website: http://www.dipalme.org/Servicios/cmsdipro/index.nsf/index.xsp?p=cultura.