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“Guadix - Well worth a weekend wander.”
Review of Visita Guadix

Visita Guadix
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Guadix
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Mijas, Spain
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“Guadix - Well worth a weekend wander.”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

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.

Visited February 2013
7 Thank Bruce W
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“The caves : great day trip from Granada!”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

When in Guadix, we only visited the cave-houses or "cuevas". We got directions from a local and drove up the hill taking narrow streets until we reached a small parking lot next to a church. There, we saw a few hand made signs that advertised the cuevas as well as a mirador. The way it works is some of the owners let you visit their cuevas for free, but the souvenirs and postcards for sale conveniently placed near the front door suggest that a little donation would be greatly appreciated.
We visited Maria and José's cuevas. They answered all our questions patiently (my spanish is not that good, José even let my daughter use his bathroom) and told us for example that the temperature inside was 20 degrees Celsius all year round. The cuevas enjoy the same comfort as any house (electricity, water, TV) except that there are no windows.
José's cueva has a mirador on top (lookout platform) from which you have an excellent view of the old town of Guadix and that of other cuevas.
It was really interesting.
We did not visit the town of Guadix as the rest of our trip in Spain included other old cities and wanted to focus on what made Guadix special.

Visited May 2013
8 Thank beachcomber381
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Granada, Spain
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“good surprice”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

great place to see as there are cave houses and a lovely catherdral and great views of the Sierra nevada

Visited May 2013
1 Thank steven t
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“Unique view of Andalucia”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

We first found Guadix in 2003, when friends recommended the amazing market on Saturday mornings. It used to be held around the cathedral, but relocated to an area near the huge dry riverbed that is a stunning feature of the town. The market is worth a visit on its own, but the old town is a fascinating mix of very old and fairly new Spain, with very few tourists to skew the feel of the bars and cafes. The cathedral is stunning, and the plazas and alleys in the near vicinity give a real feel of life over the last 500 years. The cave houses on the outskirts of town are famous and well worth a visit, but if you want an idea of a thriving cave district, then visit nearby Purullena for caves still inhabited, and pottery made from local materials.

Visited May 2012
3 Thank Heather M
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“Must walk the Old Town”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

The old town is a great collection of small streets, some beautiful buildings , not just the cathedral but also the palace nearby and the convent and the walls. Also should walk or bus to the area of the caves where several thousand people live. You can go inside some and they are quite remarkable the way in which the apparently "normal" front door opens into a proper family home all built into the mountain.

Visited February 2013
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