Flavours of Spain

Guadix - Part 5


Barrio de las Cuevas


Families have been living in caves houses carved out of the clay cliffs surround in the town from the C16th. The caves were originally the home of gypsies, Moors who had converted to Christianity and people arriving in the area looking for work.  Guadix has an extreme climate with very cold winters and very hot summers. One of the best areas is Barrio de las Cuevas, also called "Barrio Troglodyte" to the south west of the town. The caves could be excavated quickly and maintained an even temperature throughout the year of between 18-21˚C.  In the 1960s there were 13,000 families living in the area. Today there are still over 2000 inhabited caves, immediately recognisable by their white chimneys.

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

The houses are collected round the square with the church, shops and museum.

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

One of the best views is from Mirador Padre Poveda.
 
Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

The remains of cave dwellings can be seen scarring the sides of the cliffs. Others have been modernised with running water, bathrooms and electricity. The dwelling below the mirador is open for visitors and is a good example of a modern cave dwelling, complete with two bathrooms, wide screen TV and all mod cons. It is surprisingly spacious inside.

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix    Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas, Guadix

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