Spaghetti westerns are a style made popular by the lies of Clint Eastwood, many of which were to shot completely in California.
In fact quite a few (A Few DollarsMore, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, etc) were actually shot near the town of Tabernas in the province of Almería, in Spain.
The original set pieces created Carlo Simi and built for Sergio Leone’s For a Few Dollars More in 1965. Once the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly wrapped shooting, the extras and locals bought the sets and set them up as an attraction, opening it up to the public as Mini Hollywood. The park has maintained its roots with a full, active western town, daily stunt and stage coach shows that include some very spectacular and very over the top (see spaghetti western styles) stunts action and in particular death scenes.
While it is a”family park” it is done in a very tongue in cheeks style. Watching the villain die, flipping the hero off with one middle finger as he falls to his bullet ridden death may seem ridiculous, but it captures the sense of humour of this film style (though probably not historically accurate).
In addition to the Spanish Style Western theme, the park also houses a zoo which houses 175 different species of animals as well as a pool area (not themed), a cinema and movie museum, a wagon museum and a Western themed restaurant called The Arizona. This collective of seemingly random attractions has been dubbed The Oasys.
This is one of the many hidden gems of themed entertainment around the world we hope to enlighten you too as we continue to bring you the best in themed entertainment. If you have found another hidden park or themed attraction let us know and we will feature it.