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The neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix, Granada

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He neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix in the province of Pomegranate It is a place where most of their houses are built inside caves in the mountains. Most of them were excavated by man thanks to the ease granted by the land, mainly of clay. This and the virtue of maintaining very pleasant temperatures throughout the year, between 19 and 22 degrees, make summers more enjoyable in this area of ​​the south of Andalusia.


The neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix

The neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix in the province of Granada

Everyone's known Sacromonte neighborhood in Granada. A place where many of their houses are built in caves. But this particularity is not unique to this city, there are many more in various Spanish municipalities among which is Guadix. A beautiful town of almost 20,000 inhabitants within the province of Granada and two steps from the Tabernas desert in Almeria.


Map of the cave houses of Guadix

It is a place surrounded bygullies. Many of them similar to those that can be found in Teruel or Patones among other places. In addition to beautiful landscapes we have a rich cultural heritage seasoned by an incredible Cathedral and a Alcazaba of the 11th century, both views from anywhere in the city and even more from the cave district, being the highest place in the area.

Walking through the cave district

The origin of the caves is millenary but today its use is very varied. For many inhabitants of Guadix it is their second home, the summer house, where temperatures are much more pleasant. Others, on the other hand, live all year round and what thrives a lot today is the promotion of Rural houses and museums In many of them you can sleep and the experience is very rewarding. There are also visitors in exchange for a tip.


Mirador Cave

The main visit starts from the Parish of Our Lady of Grace (Point 1), right next to the interpretation center and where the tour of the Guadix tourist train ends. Next we have the Joseph's Cave, which can be visited and on viewpoint of Padre Poveda (Point 2), one of the most important in the neighborhood.


Padre Poveda Viewpoint

Seen the viewpoint comes the moment where we have to get carried away and get lost in the streets. For example, if we go down Ermita Nueva street, on the left side we have several visitable caves and many of them are rural houses. Below we have the house of Maleno (Point 3) and just above a beautiful viewpoint towards the center of Guadix.


The neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix

In the background we can see the cathedral and the Alcazaba while a series of chimneys leave the depths of the earth. Yes, we are walking over many of the caves.


The Guadix Caves neighborhood

There are many more viewpoints, such as viewpoint of Cerro de la Bala (Point 4) and some more. Many have no name and others just lose you on a narrow path to find good views.


The neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix

Certainly once we have been walking for an hour everything becomes a bit repetitive and it is best to go into one of the houses or better yet, in the interpretation Center and inform us.


The Guadix Caves neighborhood

The “other” neighborhood of the Guadix caves

Steep mountains are observed to the south of the cave district and where the gullies are more pronounced. You have access from several points (6 point) and from there you can make several hiking trails where we will visit ancient caves, many of them demolished and others in a failed construction process.


The Guadix Caves neighborhood

The landscape is desert but with a promising charm. Of course, visiting this area in summer must be hell, in addition to not being enabled for the general public. The trails are not maintained and you run the risk of having an accident. Continuous holes, caves in disrepair, sliding terrain, ..., etc. make the majority of tourists not even close.


The Guadix Caves neighborhood

Ideally, look for a cave, make sure the entrance is safe and enter. Many of them were inhabited and still retain part of the paint that prevented natural erosion. Now who inhabit them are the animals, especially the birds where they make their nests.


The neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix

There are dozens of caves, as if all this were a great Gryere cheese. In most of the ceilings are not very high and people a little tall will easily have to bend down as they pass through each door.


The Guadix Caves neighborhood

The trails are completely anarchic. There is no signage and many get lost in bushes or end up on an embankment. You have to keep an eye out because it is very likely that we will have to turn around more than once.


The neighborhood of the cave houses of Guadix

If it were not because there are no temples, it sometimes reminds me a little of Petra in Jordan, although making a difference. The colors of the mountain are similar although here it is more clay instead of carved rock.


The Guadix Caves neighborhood

In short, this part puts the climax to a visit that we loved and has not stopped surprising us at all times.

Practical data

When to go?

Sleeping in one of the caves can be done all year long knowing that they maintain a constant temperature. The bad thing in the months hotter, especially July and August, the heat is insufferable and we will spend a lot of time inside. Therefore it is advisable to visit the area the rest of the months.

How to get to Guadix?

It can be reached from Pomegranate in trains of medium distance. We also have the option of arriving at bus from Granada too (Alsa). It is located 1h10 'from Almeria and 55 minutes from Granada by car.

There's a tourist train that goes from the cathedral of the Incarnation to the caves.

How much does it cost to visit the caves?

The visit is free except in some caves that may charge admission. It is best to spend the weekend, sleep in one of them and you will not need to visit any other. There are several visitable caves such as:

  • Jaraiz Cave
  • Cave house El Mirador
  • Cave Museum (€ 2.60)

Other places to visit in Guadix

  • Cathedral of the Incarnation of Guadix: A truly spectacular religious temple and surely the most impressive in the entire region.

Guadix Cathedral
  • The Alcazaba: castle of Arab origin built in the middle of the 11th century.
  • Magdalena Viewpoint: the best viewpoint in the city

Where to sleep in Guadix?

We sleep in laCueva la Ermita. They are two independent houses, quite large and where more than 4 people fit. They have independent lounge, kitchen and even barbecue. One last. However there are more options such as:

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