Tabernas Desert, a Protected Natural Space


Only 30 kilometres from the capital. in the hinterland of Almeria province lies the amazing lunar landscape of the Tabernas Desert. It is the only desert in Europe, extending over nearly two thousand square kilometres bounded by the Filabres, Alhamilla and Alpujarra mountains.  Its imposing grandeur has been the backdrop to many “spaghetti western” movies.

Such a singular landscape is home to plant and animal communities that are specifically adapted and integrated there.  These ecosystems are the reason that, in 1989, the Tabernas desert was declared a Special Protection Area for birdlife, and a proposed Site of (European) Community Interest. Several plants are endemic to this area, including some that are classified as rare worldwide.

Scarce rainfall and wide temperature variations (from -5 to 48ºC), together with very soft bedrocks give rise to erosion landforms that sculpt the spectacular “badlands” landscape, including steep slopes, “chimneys”, craters and dry gullies.  

OASYS – Desert Theme Park in the Tabernas Desert - Almería
Road 340, Km. 464, Tabernas (Almeria)
GPS. N 37º 1’ 15.2’’    O 2º 26’5.8’’
From A-92 way out 376 Tabernas
From A-7 way out 514 Tabernas-Sorbas

Contact (+34) 902 533 532


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