Surrounding Granada is a swath of fertile land known as La Vega, a patchwork of woods, shimmering poplar groves and cultivated farmlands. To the northeast of the city, the landscape becomes increasingly hilly and arid until it tops out in a highland plain known as El Altiplano. This vast tract of barren semidesert is a hauntingly scenic place, made all the more dramatic by the mighty Sierra Nevada peaks looming on the southern horizon.
To access the area, the A92 runs from near Granada through the Parque Natural Sierra de Huétor to Guadix, a handsome provincial town famed for its cave houses. Continuing northeast brings you to Baza and the Altiplano proper. Although sparsely populated, Granada’s ‘High Plain’ has supported human life since prehistoric times and is well known for its palaeontological riches.