Guadix Things to Do

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    barrio troglodite

    by quartinb Updated Sep 20, 2004

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    if not for the magnificent cathedral the troglodyte barrio would be the main atraction in guadix. you can drive through the cave area, but you should also get out and take a stroll. The "troglodytes" are very friendly people and also very house-proud, or "cave-proud", as you wish... If you show an interest in their homes, you will be sure to be invited in to have a look. and in the end a couple of euros to "pay" the visit. well worth it, i might say.

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    the cathedral

    by quartinb Updated Sep 20, 2004

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    In the centre of Guadix, you should not miss the Cathedral. an impressive sixteenth-century red-sandstone monument gives to the centre of this modest but pleasent old town and huge view, and well worth strolling and visit with yur tourist eyes.

    *later i'll try to had more info about that beautifull monument

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    cuevas museum

    by quartinb Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    in a town where they have those kind of "houses" of course ,a museum, is a mandatory feature. free admitance, and you'll be able, to know the "story" behind the cuevas and what makes them still trying to keep a tradition, unique in the World. if you want to understand that kind of living you should visit the museum and enlarged your cultural knowledge. very rewarding.

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    Barrio de los Trogladitas 1

    by Beach_dog Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    A cave house.

    The Barrio de los Trogladitas is the area of Guadix where many of the local population still live in caves. Designed to be cool in summer and warm during the winter months, they serve their purpose well. All you see from the outside is the building front, and the occassional chimney sticking out of the rock above. The rooms are carved from the soft rocks behind.

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    Inside a cave home.

    by Beach_dog Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    Beach_dog and a real Trogladita

    Many residents invite you into their homes, to see how they live. I accepted an invitation from this lady and her husband. Inside their home it was cool, and the house had two stories with a small winding staircase carved from the rock leading to the bedrooms upstairs. If you are invited in it is customary to give them a few Euros for their troubles. Although the visit was brief it was interesting to see how the people live quite comfortably in their homes, having modern conveniences, just a lack of windows.

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    views from hotel

    by Carmela71 Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    views from a room

    A must do activity is to stay in a cave house. The ones we were, were very modern, but also you can stay in old ones.

    I liked the experience, but I have to recognise, that in my opinion, to live there all year it can nto be very healthy lol, not much ventilation, or maybe i think this, as all the little animals bite me lol (sorry not much fond of bichos, but seems that they love to bite me lol)

    But the views from the room of the hotel were superb.... just amaizing...

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  • Which planet am I on?

    by blint Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    "Barrio Troglodyte": This is the most interesting part of Guadix as it does not look like the rest of the town or a normal part of any non 3rd world town for that matter. The reason to come to Guadix is to come to the Troglodyte neighbourhood...... It s worth it!

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    Cathedral of Guadix

    by berenices Written Apr 13, 2010

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    This impresive cathedral, in the Baroque style, was built in the 16th century and completed in the 18th century, in red standstone. It is said to be built on the site of a former mosque. I wasn't able to go in as my timing was a mistake -- it was siesta time, and rightly so in this incredibly hot place (i was there in the peak of summer)!

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  • Horses

    by blint Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    There is a large coral which is filled with horses roaming around. They don't look like they are the healthiest of beasts nor do I know if they are broken in. They are just there, wondering about suffering in the hot summer months. I have no idea what they are used for though I expect it isn't for show jumping or the such like. They are more probably working animals.

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  • Donkeys

    by blint Written Jun 18, 2007

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    You can also see your fair share of donkeys which appear to share their residences with their human masters like in the Europe of old. These are working animals, not pets. You can see them carrying loads around the town on carts or wagons.

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  • protruding chimneys

    by blint Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Many times the only evidence that there is a cave home below is the protruding chimney like the one shown in the photo below.

    Caves make great houses as they stay at the same temperature all year, making them cool in summer and warm in winter! You really do save a packet on energy bills!

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  • Upper Market Cave Homes

    by blint Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    The little white houses you see lead back into cave homes too. If you are lucky someone will invite you in to show you around. They normally ask for a small donation. I recommend giving a euro if you can.

    If it a friendly gesture that allows them to show you that the are civilised people who just happen to live in cave homes. It is a chance for you to see how the other half of Europe live. Much better than cave home museums as you get to see how people really decorate, furnish and live in these places.

    You can also stay in caves too. Cave hotels I suppose. I have never done it but try Guadix's web page for info if you are interested in doing this: http://www.guadix.es

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  • Guadix's Arabic Touch: La Alcazaba

    by blint Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    The Alcazaba is a military fortification and palace built in the 11th Century by the Arabs when they were in control of this part of Spain from the Centuries VIII to XV.

    As you can see from the photo these old fortifications are well preserved and add to the beauty of this little town.

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  • Cave Homes

    by blint Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    Now these really are CAVE homes.

    Some cave homes look like normal houses on the outside and then you find out the rest is dug out cave. These type of Cave homes have most of the mod cons of life; others really are just caves that people live in. Look at the holes in the hills in the photo opposite and you will see what I am talking about.

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  • Not your typical street scene

    by blint Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    My tips on Guadix and short, this is true, but it is because there aren't many words to describe it. Nor is there much information I can give on it. It is a place to see and marvel at not to give facts about.

    Saying that here is a fact for you: The origins of the cave homes are thought to date back to the Arabic times of Guadix

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