Flavours of Spain

Guadix - Part 6


Interpretation Centre, Cueva de Guadix


Set off the main square is a small interpretation centre with a cave dwelling restored to what it might have been like in the 1930-40s before electricity and running water arrived. Families shared a comunal well. There is a video in English about the caves as well as information boards. 

Caves always faced south as the only source of light was through the door. The front was whitewashed. This acted as an antiseptic and also reflected heat in the summer. The small shelter by the door housed chickens.

Interpretation Centre, Cueva de Guadix

They were entered through a double door screened by a curtain. The top could be left open to admit light. 

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix

The dwellings typically had between 2-8 rooms. Inside was the entrance hall. The sewing machine is placed to get the most light. Archways screened by curtains to help ventilation around the dwelling lead to the rest of the rooms. 

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix  Interpretation Centre,
                Cueva de Guadix

Behind the entrance hall is the bedroom.

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix

The kitchen is always off the entrance hall and has a double door, allowing light into it. All cooking was done over a small open fire.

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix   Interpretation
                Centre, Cueva de Guadix

Off the back of the kitchen separated by a wooden half door, is the stable. On the walls are harness and tack and there is a display of agricultural implements. This would traditionally have had a rammed earth floor. It was cleaned out every morning and fresh straw laid. 

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix  Interpretation Centre,
                Cueva de Guadix

Interpretation Centre, Cueva de Guadix

The pigsty is beyond the stable. This was deliberately kept small so the pigs were unable to move much and would gain weight rapidly. 

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix

Off the stable is the pantry and storage rooms. This was always one of the innermost rooms with little ventilation and a very constant temperature.

Interpretation Centre, Cueva
                de Guadix

The centre is open 10-2 and 4-6 but is closed on Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday. It is well worth a visit.

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