PROVINCIA DE ALMERÍA – The owners of Western Leone, a town in southwestern Andalucia and commissioned by the famous Italian film director Sergio Leone, have decided to put their theme park up for sale.
For €2.8 million, you can become the owner of a city built entirely in the North American Far West style. Moreover, it was built for the spaghetti western filming of (the European version of the film genre). Once Upon a Time in the West. The 1968 film stared Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson. Furthermore, the music for the movie was composed by renowned soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone.
No ‘excessive price’
“I don’t think it’s an exaggerated price,” José Ruda, manager of the real estate company, told El País. “The memory, history, and feeling rooted in this place are priceless,” he stressed.
However, today, Western Leone is a theme park, with shows on weekends. However, it also serves as a backdrop for filming series, short films, commercials, or video clips. “The owners are now elderly and the park needs constant maintenance,” explains Ruda. “They bought Western Leone after the shooting of the film and put 40 years of their lives into the project”.
Desert of Tabernas
From 1954, the desert of Tabernas, the only true desert in Europe, and the nearby coastal nature reserve Cabo de Gata formed the backdrop for Spanish-Italian film productions, including Sergio Leone’s ‘spaghetti westerns’, but also The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Lawrence of Arabia. Furthermore, the visitor centre at the entance is where all necessary information can be obtained and reservations can be made for tours through the desert.
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