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Visit Guadix

Guadix is in the province of Granada in the region of Andalucia. It is about 60km from Granada. It is one of the most beautiful villages of Andalucia.

Explore Guadix

Guadix is a fascinating town where almost half its inhabitants live underground in a huge troglodyte district. Fascinating to see the landscape as the area is one of craggy cliffs in a reddish colour and standing out from this landscape are the whitewashed chimneys of the troglodyte dwellings.

Often you can see the front wall and doorway of the dwellings painted white but the rest of the dwellings extend back underground into the hillside.

About 10,000 people are housed in these dwellings which have been inhabited for centuries. To find the area follow the signs to "Barrio Troglodyte". Inside the troglodyte dwellings many have all the features of regular homes with fitted kitchens and internet connections.

The residents have taken up home in the caves as an excellent insulation from the very high temperatures during summer in Andalusia.

Visit the Cueva Museo,the cave museum, opposite the church of San Miguel and you can get an idea of life in a troglodyte house.

There is also a church hollowed out of the rock, the Ermita Nueva.


As well as its cave dwelling area Gaudix is a bustling city with a cathedral and streets of 'normal' buildings.

Also to see in Guadix are the cathedral built in the 16th century in local red sandstone and a mix of gothic, Renaissance, baroque and neo-classical styles.

There is a Moorish Alcazaba dating from the 9th century and now in ruins. Climb its towers for great views of the surrounding countryside including the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Nearby is the Mudejar style church of Iglesia de Santiago has a particularly fine ceiling.

Guadix has an arcaded Renaissance square which has been extensively renovated following damage during the Civil War.

In 2008 the remains of a Roman theatre were discovered in Guadix and this is now one of the main sites to see.

A good time to visit Guadix is on the 6th of September when the Cascamorras festival takes place. During this festival Guadix and its neighbour Baza 'fight' for possession of a statue of the Virgin de la Piedad.

This is a celebration of a time when a Guadix resident, Cascamorras found the virgin buried in land owned by Baza. He tried to take the virgin to Guadix but was prevented by the people of Baza. A battle ensued. Baza and Guadix both celebrate this event each year with the Cascamorras festival which lasts three days and is recognised as a 'Fiesta of National Tourist Interest'.

If you get a chance go to the Mirador de la Magdalena for fabulous views over the town including the cave quarter. It is particularly beautiful at 'golden hour' as the sun is setting.

Because of its spectacular and unusual scenery Guadix has featured in various films including 'Indiana Jones and the last crusade', 'the good, the bad and the ugly' and 'Doctor Zhivago'.

Places to visit near to Guadix

No visit to this part of Spain would be complete without a trip to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife in Granada. One for your bucket list!

Guadix sits in three national parks and so you can enjoy some very pleasant and interesting scenery whilst in the area. The Sierrra Navada National Park, the Natural Parks of Sierra de Baza and Sierra de Huector all offer wonderful scenery.

The Castle of the Calahorra in La Calahorra is well worth a visit. It has a beautiful Renaissance courtyard full of arches built out of Italian marble. The main building is built in Moorish style.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Granada guide, and the Andalucia guide.

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Map of Guadix and places to visit


Guadix places to visit

Alhambra Palace

Alhambra Palace

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Alhambra Palace guide


Granada is the home of the fabulous Alhambra and Genaralife. These should be on everyone's bucketlist!

Granada guide


Almeria is home to the largest fortress built in Spain by the Moors, the Alcazaba.

Almeria guide
Nerja Caves

Nerja Caves

The Caves of Nerja is a huge cave system and home to the largest stalagmite in the world.

Nerja Caves guide