“Are you a troglodyte?,” a friend of mine once asked when I told stories about living in the caves of Granada, learning flamenco. What the heck is a troglodyte anyway? A cave dweller who chose to be simple, even ignorant of the outside world.
I don’t know about you but that sounds good to me, especially in this times of instantaneous news, Putin’s “special military operations” and seemingly ceaseless stream of information-stimulants. To the bat caves of Guadix, here we GO! And here it is, in pictures.
Going through the Alpujarras is definitely one of the best relaxing Andalucia road trip that our slow-go family enjoys. And on day 10 of our fourth family camping road trip in Europe, from Spain to Poland, we come down the mountains of Andalucia and enter the last leg of our slow-go road trip across southern Spain.
For this part of our road trip with kids, we continue heading east from Trevelez–the highest of the white villages of Spain–to the desert-like cave houses of Guadix. I, the father in this free electrons family, am obsessed with flamenco–the song of the outcasts, traditionally the gypsies of Spain. So, longed to stay in a cave where these primitive songs might have flourished and may be it’ll make my playing a bit better.
The wife and I have done that in the Sacromonte caves of Granada when we were young. It was cold and the sun could not get through the shut doors and windows. Now. . . “to the batcave” is all our young boys care about.
We came into town too late to see the cathedral or Alcazaba or even get on a touristy train ride around town and the caves because we had to solve a problem with Vodafone. Somehow we could not return our home internet gear to a store in Jerez because Vodafone has not finalized the transaction that we initiated 3 weeks prior. We’ve been lugging this gear all across Andalucia for 10 days at this point. In the end we were able to dump it, but new problems arose. . . and we were about to leave Spain! OK, my bitchin’ stops here. Thanks for listening.
If you and your kids need a break, there’s a quiet park nearby (Pedro Antonio de Alarcón Park), across the street from the Cathedral, with 3 playgrounds and plenty of shade where you can have siesta and ice cream with your little ones.
That’s it. Next stop, the most beautiful and well-preserved renaissance towns in Spain: Ubeda and Baeza.
what to do in Granada Province
Here are some of the must-do/must-see things in Granada, othern than visiting Granada–the city itself–and all its majestic places to visit. That’s a separate post altogether.
Check out this video of FREE things you can do with kids in the Sierra Nevada. . . in the snow!
In this sunny south side of the Sierra Nevada–the artist-trap mountains of Granada–we’d like to especially take it easy. . . you know, like Sunday mornings.
Next Stop: The Most Beautiful Renaissance Towns of Spain
Onwards, upwards. . . . to Andorra! Here’s the first half of our family camping road trip. . . number FOUR! 1,617-something kilometers from Jerez de la Frontera, detour to Bolonia, then Setenil de las Bodegas, the white villages of the Alpujarras, the caves of Guadix, Baeza, Ubeda, Ossa de Montiel, the hanging houses of Cuenca, Lake Caspe and finally the little country of Andorra. . . at least for the first half of this trip!