Guadix has much to offer historically and architecturally. Conveniently, most of this is concentrated within the part-walled old town, which is walkable without too much effort. The tourist information office in the Casa Consistorial in the Plaza de la Constitución does a very helpful street of Guadix.
We were based in the Hotel Comercio located on the Mira de Amezcua, which is just on the edge of the old town. There is free parking in the street, if you can find a slot, otherwise you will have to go looking, but there are free places all around.
We started our wanderings with the Iglesia Santiago with its very noticeable blue and green tiled bell-tower. Contructed between the years 1533 and 1551 it stands adjacent to the Monastery of Santiago built around 1540 and just after. If you face the main entrance to the church and look up to your right you should see the Palacio de Peñaflor with its angled balcony. From there it offers superb views over Guadix and La Vega. Take the up-sloping road past the front of the Palacio and continue straight on towards the Puerta Alta and the Alcazaba of Guadix. Continue bearing right around the Alcazaba and just off the main street you can find the old Arab walls, with Roman additions, on your right. Retrace your tracks back to Calle San Miguel and start to head down it with the sections of the old town walls on your right, but look for the first turning on your left for the Real de Santo Domingo which you take to view the Iglesia de Santa Domingo, again on your left. Continue to follow this street, bearing right, and it will lead you to the Mirador de la Magdalena. Back track to Calle San Miguel, turn left and continue down the left hand side past the Cascamorras monument and the Mensafies Arch up to the Iglesia San Miguel with its distinctive tower which was added between 1537-45. Further work on the church took place between 1560-68, the end of the 16th century and the later half of the 17th century.
Cross to the other side of San Miguel and continue down to the plaza with the Torreón del Ferro Arabic tower and more of the old walls and bear right until you reach the Palacio de los Marqueses de Vistalegre, another fine example of a Guadix noble’s house. Continue just a little further and all the splendor of the Guadix Cathedral will be revealed. Take time to explore the narrow streets of La Juderia (the Jewish Quarter) just behind the Cathedral and keep a look out for the entrance gate, La Puerta da San Torcuato just along the Avenida Medina Olmos from the Plaza de las Américas.
Guadix is a great place to explore and is a city that has a good feel to it. There are plenty of places to eat, but the Hotel Comercio Restaurant is not one of them and a nice gastrobar type place on the left hand side of the Plaza de las Américas, just in front of you if you are crossing the Avenida Buenos Aires by the pedestrian traffic lights closest to the Plaza.
If you fancy a look at some cave houses, either take one of the horse and carriage trips up to them, or walk up the street past the Iglesia Santiago on your right, then follow the Cjon del Moral and then onto the Cañada de los Perales, still going more or less straight ahead and you will find yourself in the area of the cave houses.
If you have your own car or motorbike, take the A-92 motorway from Guadix towards Almeria and take the A-337 turning off it. A few short kilometres down this road takes you past the 16th century La Calahorra Castle, a square construction with a tower at each corner and set on rising ground with a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.
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