THE GREAT ROUTE OF FILM BY ANDALUSIA
Cinema beaches I

From Granada to Almería, the beaches of Andalucía are not only an attraction for millions of local and foreign tourists along the year, but also a claim for the film directors and well-known artists that used them as a set for their films, TV shows, documentaries and video clips. Far from the sand and the sun, which delight the visitors who come to the area, the coastline of Andalucía has become an immense set where many audio visual productions have been shot, showing all around the world the beautiful coastline of Andalucía.

More than one thousand kilometres of coastline

Almería (Lawrence de Arabia, Mar de plástico, La isla del tesoro, El viento y el león. Año Mariano, Curro Jiménez, Las aventuras del Barón Münchausen, Hable con ella, La historia interminable…)
Granada (Caníbal, Al sur de Granada…)


Route for a vacation

Words of...

 

“In Almeria you can have deserts, oceans, mountains… It is extraordinarily versatile, and it is incredible the number of scenes you can shoot there”.

Burt Reynolds (Actor)

 

“I am crazy in love with the coastal landscape of San José, Almería.”

Euan Lloyd (Producer in ‘Shalako’)

 

“When in the plot appears the South, I instantly think of Mojácar”

Adolfo Aristarain (Director)

 

“I am in the habit, before every shooting, from the first one, Heart of the Warrior, of coming to Cabo de Gata, in Almería, to spend a week and look for inspiration”

Daniel Monzón (Director)

 

“The landscape of Cabo de Gata is very rough, it had that thing, is very beautiful, but rough. It has always surprised me, and I have realised about this after speaking to many people, that is a landscape that does not leave anyone indifferent. There are people who keep hung and fascinated by the landscape. I dare to say that there is no place like El Playazo, in Rodalquilar, within the whole Spanish coastline.”

Imanol Uribe (Director)

Movie Locations
Almuñécar
Almería

Located at the bottom of the mountains of Granada and in a privilege place of the Costa Tropical, Almuñecar looks at the Mediterranean Sea with a personality given by centuries...

Castel de Ferro
Granada

Castell de Ferro is a town located in the Costa Tropical of Granada, and part of the area of Gualchos. With a population of around 3000 people, it has beautiful coves and clear...

Cala Cerrada – Los Cocedores
Almería

This little cove on the coastline of Almeria counts with a beach of 150 metres. Although quite narrow (20 metres wide) and isolated (it does not have a promenade), is frequently...

Cala Carbón
Almería

This cove, located in the area of San Jose, is scarcely 150 metres long and 10 wide and has no sand. Its hidden location and singular attractiveness makes it a worthy place to...

Genoveses beach
Almería

With an extension of 1180 metres long, you can admire one of the most impressive beaches in the coastline of Almeria, and even the whole Mediterranean Sea. An idyllic place with a...

Carboneras
Almería

This village is located in the east coastline of Almeria, 63 kilometres from the city of Almeria. With 78% of its territory inside the National Park Cabo de Gata-Níjar, counts on...

Motril
Granada

This municipality with a population of more than 60,000 inhabitants is one of the cores in the Tropical Coast of Granada. Its main strong points are agriculture (avocado, custard...

Calas del Barronal
Almería

This 250-metre shore is one of the best beaches in the area due to its tremendous beauty. Situated in an incomparable setting and of significant geological interest, attention is...

Cala de la Media Luna
Almería

This beautiful cove, with 185 metres long and close to Playa de Monsul, was named after the shape of the coastline, a sandy half-moon with rocky formations on both sides that...

La Isleta del Moro
Almería

This little town practically surrounded by the sea is one of the must-see destinations in the Almería coast. The 400-metre fine-sand beach of Peñón Blanco has crystal clear...

Beach of Balerma
Almería

This beautiful seafaring beach, spreading over more than 2 kilometres and located in the municipal area of El Ejido (Almería), has the Blue Flag sign and holds the Q...

El Playazo de Rodalquilar
Almería

This spectacular 400-metre virgin beach of golden sand with exceptional weather conditions is one of the most stunning beaches of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Reserve. Its...

Mojácar
Almería

It is possibly one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and its 17 square kilometres of spectacular beaches and virgin coves of an exceptional beauty awarded with the Blue Flag...

Los Escullos
Almería

Located in the heart of the Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata, in Níjar, the beach named Playa del Arco is 350 metres long and 40 metres wide, has fine golden sand and features a...

Beach of Algarrobico
Almería

Located in the area of Cabo de Gata Níjar Nature Reserve, 4 km to the north of Carboneras, it has an extension of 1,350 metres of golden sand. Its characteristic feature is that...

Mónsul Beach
Almería

Located in the middle of the Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata, in the town of Níjar, about 2.5 miles away from San José, you can find the Playa de Monsul beach, one of the most...

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Anecdotes
The movie 'Living is easy with eyes closed' is based on a true story. In the sixties, Juan Carrión, a high school teacher who used the lyrics of the Beatles songs to teach English, met John Lennon, who was filming "How I Won the War" in Almeria, and asked him to include the lyrics of their songs on the covers of their albums. And although Trueba did not want to meet Juan while writing the script to avoid being conditioned, as soon as it was written and the movie started, he sought him out. Carrión, who died a few years after the premiere, "enjoyed the success of the film very much," according to Trueba. In fact, at the 2014 Goya Awards, the director was accompanied by the teacher, who was able to enjoy how his story received the Goya Award for Best Film
David Trueba said that although the wind from Cabo de Gata sometimes made it difficult to shoot 'Living is easy with eyes closed', he tried to see the positive side and took advantage of it for the film. Javier Cámara remembers some beautiful shots of Natalia de Molina, with her mane in the wind.
El Bar de Amancio, which appears in the TV show 'Mar de plástico', is inspired by a real bar located at Playa de Balerma (El Ejido, Almería). This bar is very famous among the locals because there usually are live music and cultural activities. The thing that not everyone knows is that only the outdoor scenes are shot in Almería, because the inside of the bar is a set located in Madrid, but inspired by the real one in the coastline of Almeria.
Chiringuito Manaca, in Mojácar (Almería) was built on the top of the fort constructed for the movie 'The Treasure Island' and they still keep some souvenirs from the film shooting.
During the shooting of 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen', at Playa de Monsul, at the entrance of San José and for months, three elephants who usually went to the beach followed by the local children were camped. Furthermore, once a tiger run away through the beach.
During the shooting of 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'at Playa de Monsul, two people of the production team of the film were attached to the public telephones of El Pozo de los Frailes and San José because there were no more in the area.
'Contra el viento', with Antonio Banderas and Emma Suárez, was determinant because it began a period when, apart from shooting in the Parque Natural Cabo de Gata, the film crew started to live there too, with everything that implies for the development of the area. In that occasion, all the available houses in the village of San José were rented to the crew, so the hairstyling and productions offices had to be installed at the local houses.
In the area of Cabo de Gata there were so many shootings at the same time that it was necessary to put a few signals claiming: “Please, let the current shooting crew leave before the next one come in”.