Flavours of Spain
Barrio de las Cuevas
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
The houses are collected round the square with the church, shops and museum.
One of the best views is from Mirador Padre Poveda.
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.
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