Granada – The Cave People of Guadix


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Guadix is a beautiful town an hour east of Granada, which we visited on our trip back to Valencia. (It’s also the home of the pyrotechnic company who put on the March 2nd Mascletà — the only non-Valencian company invited, and did they impress!) But I digress.

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The walled-in town of Guadix is neat — winding alleys and an impressive cathedral. But we were drawn by famous cave dwellings, found on the hill overlooking the city.

All painted in white, these abodes are stunning. We took a little tour of one. The matriarch let us look around and take pictures, while she provided cave-person trivia, such as: cooking inside them is forbidden; they must be whitewashed thrice yearly; they maintain the same temperature (20° C) year-round.

I can’t imagine living in one, except perhaps during a vacation. And you can actually rent them out for extended stays. They’re not all that expensive. Here’s one booking website.

Guadix was an interesting final stop on our long weekend in Granada. After two years in Spain, this was our first vacation outside the Comunidad. Shameful, considering the amount there is to see in this beautiful.

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