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Guadix cave houses

by Robert Bovington

Guadix cave house

Guadix cave house

The most famous feature of the town of Guadix in the province of Granada is the cave dwellings in the Barrio de la Cuevas where around half the population live. When I visited the area, I thought that I was in a scene from ‘The Lord of the Rings’! It was just like ‘The Shire’ – with little white chimneys poking out of the ground!

The caves are not primitive dwellings, however but are a solution to the fierce heat of the Andalucian summer. The interior of the cave houses are cool in summer and warm in winter and have all the necessities of modern living – it is quite strange seeing television aerials on the little hillocks!

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain” http://bovingtonphotosofspain.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Impressions” http://bobbovington.blogspot.com/
“you couldn’t make it up!” http://bovingtonycmitup.blogspot.com/
“a grumpy old man in Spain” http://grumpybobbov.blogspot.com/
“bits and bobs” http://bovingtonbitsandblogs.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Expressions” http://spanishsayingsbovington.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Art” http://bovingtonspanishart.blogspot.com/
“Books About Spain” http://bovingtonbooks.blogspot.com/
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Murcia Cathedral

Robert Bovington

Murcia Cathedral

Murcia Cathedral

If there were but one reason to visit the city of Murcia, it would have to be to see the cathedral – La Catedral de Santa María is the most impressive monument in the city. You can’t really miss it! Its 92 metre tower can be seen from miles around.

The Cathedral was built on the foundations of an old mosque and the first stone laid in 1394 but the building, as it appears today, was not completed until the 18th century.

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain” http://bovingtonphotosofspain.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Impressions” http://bobbovington.blogspot.com/
“you couldn’t make it up!” http://bovingtonycmitup.blogspot.com/
“a grumpy old man in Spain” http://grumpybobbov.blogspot.com/
“bits and bobs” http://bovingtonbitsandblogs.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Expressions” http://spanishsayingsbovington.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Art” http://bovingtonspanishart.blogspot.com/
“Books About Spain” http://bovingtonbooks.blogspot.com/