Guadix – Granada

The cathedral town of Guadix in Granada province is well off the beaten path, in the eastern confines of the province. A large bustling country town with a personality all of its own. Its history dates back to Phoenician and Roman times and it played a major role in the Reconquest.

Local information

Ayuntamiento de Guadix
Plaza la Constitucion 1, 18500 Guadix (Granada)
Telephone: 958-669-300

Health Clinic Bars, shops, restaurants Schools Municipal pool Beach
1 hr
Golf nearby Malaga 180km Granada 68km Seville 304km Bus and train
Malaga airport
Granada airport
Seville airport


Main information

The most interesting feature of the Guadix in Granada area is that many of the inhabitants of this large town live underground, in the southern part of the town, in what are known as cave houses. The jagged ochre terrain and the dazzling whitewashed chimneys and doors of the caves contrast dramatically with the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada, which loom above. The cave district is signposted on the main street of the town as the “Barrio Troglodyte”.

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You can drive through the cave area, but you should also get out and take a stroll. The “troglodytes” very friendly people and are also very house-proud, or “cave-proud”. If you show an interest in their homes, you will be sure to be invited in to have a look. Ever since the Moorish times, the Andalucians have been fond of living underground because it is the best way of escaping the summer heat waves.

Guadix in Granada is proud to be the home town of writer Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, in the English-speaking world Pedro is best known for the novel, El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat). The city was once famous for its cutlery; but its modern manufactures (chiefly earthenware, hempen goods, and hats) are relatively unimportant. It has some trade in wool, cotton, flax, corn and liqueurs. The warm mineral springs of Cortes y Graena, much frequented during the summer.


  • 17 January – San Anton
  • 15 May – San Torcuato
  • 25/26 July – Santa Ana
  • 1 – 5 September – Feria
  • 6 September – The Fiesta de Cascamorras. The festival that takes place in the towns of Guadix and Baza. The two towns fight for possession of a statue of the Virgen de la Piedad. In 2006, the festival was declared a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest of Spain

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