Fertile grounds for popular culture, agriculture… and tourism. There is something familiar about the landscape around Almería. At least there is if you were a fan of the 1960s “spaghetti westerns” – also known as “paella westerns” because many were filmed in Almería’s Tabernas desert. These days Almería is better known as one of Spain’s most prolific production centres for fruit and vegetables – as well as tourism. The Almería coastline is dotted with marinas and is home to an internationally renowned natural jewel, the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Park. The province’s nine courses range from Europe’s first “desert” course, the Peter McEvoy-designed Indiana at Desert Springs Golf Club, to the coastal Almerimar, designed by Gary Player.