Attractions

Castle in La Vega & El Altiplano

Castillo de la Calahorra

This forbidding landmark castle guards access to the Sierra Nevada from a hilltop position outside the sleepy village of La Calahorra. Built between 1509 and 1512, its four cylindrical towers and blank outer wall en…
Plaza in Baza

Plaza Mayor

At the heart of the historic centre, Baza’s showcase plaza is overlooked by the town’s most notable buildings, including the Iglesia Mayor. This towering Renaissance church was originally built over the town’s mosqu…
Museum in Baza

Museo Arqueológico

Housed in a 16th-century wine warehouse, this small but interesting museum charts the development of Baza since prehistoric times. Exhibits include finds from local digs and a copy of the so-called Dama de Baza, a 4…
Area in Guadix

Barrio de las Cuevas

Guadix’s main cave district is said to contain some 2000 dwellings burrowed into the rocky terrain. Some 1.2km south of the centre (about 20 minutes’ walk), it’s a weird, almost otherworldly place where stumpy chimn…
Cathedral in Guadix

Cathedral

With its flamboyant sandstone exterior set against the rich blue sky, Guadix's cathedral is an impressive spectacle. Built between the 16th and 18th centuries on the site of the town’s former main mosque, it incorpo…
Museum in Baza

Baños Árabes

Investigate the underground remnants of a 13th-century baths complex. It’s not a big site but it gives a good idea of the original complex's layout with an entrance lobby, cold, warm and hot rooms, and a boiler room…
Museum in Orce

Centro de Interpretación Primeros Pobladores de Europa 'Josep Gibert'

A fossilised human tooth, stone tools dating back some 1.3 million years, and bones of mammoths and other long-extinct beasts are among the palaeontological treasures showcased at this modern, purpose-built museum. …
Museum in Guadix

Centro de Interpretación Cuevas de Guadix

This small museum re-creates cave life of years past, with an audiovisual presentation and displays of traditional housewares and furnishings, including ox yokes, clay water pots, woven esparto grass, and wooden fur…
Plaza in Guadix

Plaza de la Constitución

Guadix's showcase square is a fine example of late 16th-century Renaissance urban design. Overlooked by the town's striking town hall, it's centred on a rectangular area flanked by arched porticoes, under which cafe…
Castle in Guadix

Alcazaba

This 11th-century Islamic castle, characterised by its reddish crenellated walls and square towers, commands fine views across town and into the main cave quarter. When we last visited, it was closed for renovations…