Holidaymakers looking to get away to a hot climate at an affordable price need look no further than Guadix in Spain. Located in the southern Spanish province of Granada, this is a fascinating town with plenty of attractions for the inquisitive tourist. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, cottages, apartments and cave-homes.
This is a beautiful place for hiking, especially the Moorish towns of Marquesado, the troglodytes districts and the town centre. Visitors keen to test their driving skills can take to the track in Guadix and put cars through their paces. Holidaymakers preferring a more sedate experience can take a hot air balloon trip from here and get great views of Andalucia below.
There are several excellent golf courses a relatively short drive from Guadix in the Granada region. Holidaymakers visiting in the winter can take a trip to Sierra Nevada to one of Europe’s most southerly ski resorts, which is only about an hour’s drive away.
There are a few restaurants and cafes offering good value for money with traditional Spanish fare on all the menus. There are lots of small independent shops in and around the town selling gifts and souvenirs. Self catering holidaymakers may like to visit the central market in the main high street, as it has many stalls selling fish, meat and vegetables.
There are many interesting places to visit in Guadix, not least the cave dwellings of the locals, who choose to live underground to avoid the heat of the summer and cold of the winter. Other related attractions include a cave museum, Plaza de la Ermita Nueva S/n and a disco is held underground in nearby Purullena. The town and surrounding area has some wonderful buildings with one of the highlights being the 16th century cathedral.
Another interesting place to visit here is the Alcazaba, which is a military fortification and palace built in the 11th Century by the Arabs. Should visitors want a day out at the beach then Roquetas de Mar is about an hour and half’s drive away.
This part of Spain has the hottest and driest summers in the country. The warmest time of the year to visit Guadix is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 28 to 29 degrees centigrade. These are also the driest months of year and January is the wettest time of the year.
Federico Garcia Lorca Airport just outside Granada is less than an hour’s drive on the A-92 from Guadix. Iberia, Spanair and Vueling have flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona. Monarch fly to London Gatwick and Ryanair have flights to Frankfurt, Liverpool,London Stansted and Milan.
Alternatively there are more flights from Malaga International Airport, which is just over two hours away and has flights to and from 60 worldwide places including several European cities such as London, Manchester, Dublin, Brussels and Amsterdam. Both airports have taxis available and visitors travelling from Malaga can hire a car from the airport.