Surroundings2016-10-18T15:25:03+00:00

Some of what you can do while staying at “Cuevas La Granja”

Cuevas La Granja is located in the region of Guadix, surrounded by mountains, which offers the visitor a great diversity of landscapes and natural areas, from the highest mountains of the Sierra Nevada, to the driest parts of the Bad Lands.

Guadix is the largest population center, a city with a rich architectural heritage and a full range of services. Every corner of the area worth visiting, from the Moorish towns of the Marquis, to the neighborhoods dwellings of what is known as “Hoya de Guadix.”

White villages, archaeological sites, rivers and mountains, places, monuments … history and nature combine in this land of contrasts.

The special geological characteristics of the Hoya de Guadix, and Gor and Fardes river valleys , make possible an area that is easily dug and that has led to the cave houses. This picturesque landscape has led to the largest concentration of caves in Europe.

Nature has been generous to the Guadix region, surrounded by protected areas such as: the Sierra Nevada National Park, the Natural Parks of Sierra de Baza and Sierra de Huetor, as well as beautiful places such as Marchal, Guadix and Gorafe Badlands.

Check out the main tourist resources of the Guadix and Marquesado del Zenete region.

Or take a look to our blog (in Spanish) to discover more

| Benalúa

The town of Benalúa sits on the western plain of Guadix, 870 m above sea level.

The town was founded during the industrial revolution of the mid nineteenth century.

According to legends, it is believed that it was in Benalúa de Guadix where San Torcuato was martyred and buried.

The surrounding terrain is clay, which has facilitated the excavation of caves throughout its history.

Among the attractions in Benalúa, the visitor can find the archaeological sites at Cerro del Gallo, in addition to the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

 

| More information at benalua.es

| Guadix

Located at the northern slope of Sierra Nevada, the so-called “Hoya de Guadix” is characterized as a monumental city, the chief of the province of Granada and the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula.

It retains a rich historical heritage that is worth visiting.

Guadix monumental area, with a rich historical value, is plenty of churches, palaces of the nobility, civilians and Jewish buildings. Guadix is built on an ancient lake, which gives it a lush vegetation between an almost lunar landscape.

Guadix was a meeting point between different cultures, besides being an ancient route connecting the Spanish Levant and Andalusia.

The neighborhood of cave houses with more than 2000 of them, among which we find even a cave house museum is one of the greatest attractions of Guadix. Among its architectural highlight the Alcazaba and the Cathedral as most outstanding buildings.

 

| More info at guadix.es

| Turistic information at turismoguadix.es

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| La Alhambra de Granada

La Alhambra is one of the best treasures of Granada.

Enjoy your stay recorriedo beauty, palaces, fountains and gardens is a privilege for the senses.

The Alhambra, named after its reddish walls, is located at the top of the hill of al-Sabika, on the left side of the Darro River and facing the Albayzin neighborhoods and the Alcazaba.Today is one of the most visited monuments of the peninsula and one of the best known internationally.

The Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site 1984 near the Generalife, was the former residence of the sultans Nazari.

There are four main areas: the Palaces, the Alcazaba, the city or Medina and the gardens of the Generalife. The Renaissance Palace of Carlos V, which houses the Museum of the Alhambra and the Museum of Fine Arts can be found too in the historic complex.

Due to our proximity to the city of Granada, we can complement your stay with a visit to this impressive monument.

 

| More information www.alhambra-patronato.es

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| La Calahorra Castle

Declared a National Monument built on the only hill overlooking the Marquess of Zenete, the Castillo de la Calahorra is considered the first Renaissance building in the Peninsula.

The Marquis of Zenete was the great architect of the first Renaissance fortress in Spain. From the union of Christian art and arab ornamentation, the beautiful carved ceilings that are in the region of Guadix and form part Mudejar Route were born.

Although its exterior appearance is not a medieval castle, the outside walls are magnificient, as they were reddened by the red dust of Alquife mines.

The panoramic view of the Calahorra Castle dominating the landscape with the peaks of Sierra Nevada in the background is impressive and not indifferent to the visitor.

 

| 958 677 098 | Contact and reservations (only on Wednesdays).

| La Ragua Port

It is not necessary to travel to Sierra Nevada to enjoy the snow.

30 km from Guadix is the Port of La Ragua with cross-country skiing and sledding circuits.

In addition, it also offers the possibility of numerous hiking trails. The natural space environment that includes one of the most unknown of the entire Sierra Nevada National Park.

The Alpujarra and the Marquesado areas constitute a unique setting to enjoy outdoor activities, from hiking to hang-gliding, cross country skiing, etc. ..

 

| More information at www.puertodelaragua.com

| Guadix Cathedral

In the Cathedral of Guadix pure Renaissance and Baroque styles merge.

It was built on the Almohad mosque and the old Gothic cathedral. Its main altar is decorated with interesting paintings of the Virgin, also has a spectacular baroque choir arved by Ruiz del Peral.

Dedicated to the Virgin of the Incarnation, the basilica is a lounge with three naves, contains eleven chapels and ambulatory and a magnificent dome.Its high tower is imposed on the rooftops of the city of Guadix. It houses a museum where you can admire all kinds of pieces and very interesting art objects.

 

| More information at www.catedraldeguadix.es

| (+34) 958 66 51 08 – Information and reservations

| The Cave Houses

The region of Guadix is known for its cave houses.

They are places excavated in the ground, thanks to a clay soil. These houses contrast with the landscape: the white draft of the caves, with the red earth where they are dug.

The temperature is cool in summer and warm in winter, so the comfort is guaranteed.

These special houses have been used since pre-historcal times, and now they have become a comfortable stay featuring all the comforts of a four-star hotel.

Habitat troglodyte has been one of the defining elements of the Guadix region since ancient times. Prehistoric man sought safety in caves and later people would start digging caves in the Hoya de Guadix and Fardes and Gor river valleys, reaching the highest concentration of Europe.

| Megalithic Park in Gorafe

Gorafe is the town which owns the greatest concentration of dolmens in Spain and parts of Europe.

There are ten burials distributed by the municipality.

A total of 198 dolmens that form a unique landscape. More than two hundred buildings that certify its past splendor. The first human settlements in the Shire back to prehistory.

Visitors can admire almost 200 dolmens. It is the largest concentration of burial mounds of this kind in the Peninsula. The important phenomenon of megaliths in the area joined the Roman colonies remains the only surviving medieval Europeans artificial troglodytism.

 

| More info at www.gorafe.es

| (+34) 958 69 33 69 – Centre of Interpretation of the Megaliths

| Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, at 12:00 and 17:00

| Marchal Badlands

Within the term of the Marchal is the area known as the Marchal Bad Lands formed by a massive clay with curved forms of great beauty.

It was declared a National Monument by the Government of Andalusia in 2003.

Historically, this solid clay was used in the creation of cave houses, inhabited by citizens of the town. This area is considered one of the most interesting scenic and ecological environments  in Europe.

| The Badlands

The outstanding landscape of the Bad Lands is one of the most characteristic of the region of Guadix.

It is characterized by dry and clay-rich lithology. They are also heavily eroded by wind and water.

Canyons, gullies, canyons and other landforms are common style in badlands.

Typically, these lands have a spectacular array of color stripes ranging from characteristic blue-black coal to the characteristic bright red clay.

| See the stars

We are certified as Starlight Rural Complex.

The observation of the night sky is an unforgettable, relaxing and educational experience.

We provide the opportunity to forget the stress that modern life subjects us.

Its vastness will make you aware of the tiny space that mankind occupies in the universe, and the magnificence and beauty of the planet we inhabit, making for a more conscious way of the immense role that we play each of us in their protection and conservation for those to bequeath it.

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