Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Spaghetti Western Locations
In the opening shots of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Al Mullock's face is shown as he waits for two more gunfighters Frank Brana and Saturnino Cerra. They walk towards each other prepared to draw. Just as you think a showdown will climax they run into a café and shooting comences. A man jumps through the cafe's window cluthcing a six-gun and a turkey leg. It's Eli Wallach with the caption “The Bad”. This small town was constructed by Carlo Simi on a plateau above Texas Hollywood. Called Camino de la Rellana by locals
From the N-340 road to Tabernas, you follow the dirt road going to Texas Hollywood for 200 meters (a bend going counterclockwise). But instead of going under the bridge, take the opposite direction on the right. Be careful ! The trail is in very poor condition; it is best to have a 4x4 or a mountain bike. Follow the rambla bed for nearly a mile. On the right there is a trail with a 40 or 60 meters steep slope. You will see a house on your right as you climb the slope. Now the trail bends clockwise. Leave the left trail closed by a chain. From that point, there is no problem, follow the 4x4 wheel tracks driving you to the sight. About a half mile once you reach the top of the plateau and you are there. On the right you will pass the ruins of the hacienda used in “Valdez is Coming”. At Camino de la Rellana set there is nothing left as you can see by the photo above. You will find bits of wood, and holes and posts where the corral was located. Plenty of rusty cans used by the crew litter the area. If you go too far you will follow the trail down the opposite side of the plateau which ends in an olive orchard.
For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi “Garringo” Yasuda’s excellent website: http://garringo.cool.ne.jp/