So having established that our cave house is in the Altiplano de Granada, it was now time to find out a little more about this region of Granada.
When translated into English, Altiplano de Granada means Granada high plains and gives an insight into the landscape of this region. It is an area of contrasts. There is a huge and mainly deserted plain in its central part, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Sagra, Castril, Baza and Orce, with some peaks surpassing 2300 meters.
The region is made up of 2 municipal territories: Huéscar and Baza, each of which is divided up into a number of small Andalucian villages.
Huéscar is made up of Castillejar, Castril, Galera, Huéscar, Puebla de Don Fadrique and Orce.
Baza is made up of Baza, Benamaurel, Caniles, Cortes de Baza, Cuevas del Campo, Cúllar, Freila and Zújar.
One of the more unique features of this region and the one that enticed us here is the large number of cave dwellings within the area. There are at least 5,000 cave houses in existence within the Altiplano de Granada and neighbouring region of Guadix.
They can be found in nearly all towns and villages as well as being dotted throughout the countryside.
Sometimes you only know there is a cave house from the sight of their chimneys protruding from the hillsides !
There is a huge range of tourist activities and attractions for lovers of the outdoors, including trekking, horse ridings, birdwatching, star-gazing and for the more adventurous there is both paragliding and hang-gliding.
The economy is predominantly agricultural, with cereals, fruits and vegetables being the staple crops.
There are also large numbers of both olive and almond groves.
So there you have it, a brief introduction to the Altiplano de Granada.
One thing is for sure, there are certainly going to be no shortage of places for us to explore and things for us to do on our next visit.
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂
5 words related to this blog entry …
Mountain – La Montaña.
Mountain Range – Cordillera.
Park – El Parque.
Countryside – El Campo.
Chimney – La Chimenea