Skooter reports 02/10/13
4. Cinematic walking in Spain
Travelling to the badlands of Arizona or Wyoming is a small piece ambitious even for a long weekend, but there is a spot of Europe with perfect cinematic qualifications as a double for the Wild West. In the southeastern Spanish province of Almeria, the desert of Tabernas was the location for classic spaghetti westerns, including the 1960s Dollars Trilogy. Spanish Highs runs guided treks through this arid region, either day walks, or overnight trips with camping or a local hotel stay that cost from £50 per person per day, plus £25 for accommodation or tents supplied free; spanishhighs.co.uk. Don’t miss to visit to old film sets and make sure that Ennio Morricone’s spine-tingling score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly becomes the soundtrack to your walks.
Hotel Catedral is a restored 19th-century house close to Almería’s cathedral, cost from £50.