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Los Albaricoques is set in the heart of Nijar, in the Parque Natural Cabo de Gata, Almería.
This village has been the set for over 20 movies, mainly westerns, and is instantly recognizeable as the setting for many movie scenes, more famously in Sergio Leone´s Spaghetti Westerns, with it´s whitewashed buildings and dusty streets set in stunningly beautiful, yet baron countryside. A few kilometres down a dust track you will find another classic movie location for For a few dollars more and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - El Cortijo del Frailes.The farmhouse was constructed in the 18th century, and was habited by the famous Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who penned the play `Bodas de Sangre´ (Blood Wedding). Although a ruin it is instantly recognizeable and you can spot many filming locations on this site. The image shown on the right is the location for the monastary in The good, the bad and the ugly, where Blondie / Angel Eyes (Clint Eastwood) is taken after the desert walk (in Tabernas) where he discovers the location of the grave with the buried loot! On the reverse side of this Cortijo are many locations used in `For a few dollars more´. Amazingly inside this decrepit old building, there are still the remains of false walls and plasterboard ceilings, used to create the film sets within the stone walls throughout the deceptively large site. Although situated amongst fields of crops, El Cortijo Frailes and the village `Los Albaricoques´ is an absolute gem for historians, architects and of course movie buffs the world over.

Location of the final scene 'For a few Dollars More'

Federico Garcia Lorca

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director.

 

Blood Wedding bestowed fame and fortune overnight on its author. In 1928, García Lorca read a newspaper account of a wedding that ended in tragic circumstances near Almería in southern Spain. He clipped the article, reread it five years later, and in a week finished his play, Bodas de sangre, which became a hit in Madrid, Barcelona, and Buenos Aires.

 

García Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27. He is thought to be one of the many thousands who were 'disappeared' and executed by Nationalists at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.In 2008, a Spanish judge opened an investigation into Lorca's death. Lorca's family dropped objections to the excavation of a possible gravesite near Alfacar but no human remains were found.

García Lorca was born on 5 June 1898, in Fuente Vaqueros, a small town a few miles from Granada, in Andalusia, southern Spain.

 
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