The province of Granada in Spain has two distinctive options, the Alhambra, one of many only a few Muslim palaces on the planet and the Geoparque of Granada, a formidable space that reveals the historical past of earth of the final 2,5 million years, together with the Gorafe desert.
The Geoparque is a large space (greater than 4700 km2), however probably the most attention-grabbing city and surrounding space is with none doubt Gorafe. There are three websites that you just can not miss when visiting.
Learn how to get to the Gorafe desert?
Locations to go to within the Gorafe desert
The primary place to go to is The Megalithic Constructions Interpretive Centre, an academic middle devoted to the 240 dolmens in Gorafe and life in the course of the Megalithic interval. The middle is positioned within the coronary heart of the village and admission is about 3 euros. You’ll be able to solely go to it at midday or at 5pm within the afternoon. The guided go to takes about 3 hours.
Afterward, it’s best to pay a go to to the dolmens themselves within the Megalithic Park, simply outdoors the village. Admission is free! Gorafe has the best focus of burial mounds in the entire of Spain.
The highest a part of the park is positioned on a street known as Mirador del Llano de Olivares. In case you carry on following this street, you’ll finally arrive on the space generally often called “the Gorafe desert”. Technically, this isn’t a desert, however somewhat a formidable collection of badlands, in all shapes, sizes and colours. A must-see! A lot of vacationers go to this space by way of an organization that organizes guided excursions.
The largest drawback is that these excursions could be fairly costly. (100 euros and extra). The excellent news is you could go to these badlands additionally by yourself.
Hopefully, you may see these fellows:
Carry on following the street; a bit additional, you may see Gorafe from a distinct standpoint!
You at the moment are very near the badlands. For probably the most half, you’ll be driving on a mud street which is in a fairly good situation. Right here and there, there are potholes: simply use your frequent sense and drive slowly.
That is the type of panorama you will note:
After an hour, you will note a very dramatic panorama. It’s known as “Los Coloraos” and could be greatest in comparison with a small model of the Grand Canyon:
You would proceed on the identical street, however we strongly advise towards this, primarily as a result of the street turns into fairly harmful. It’s higher to show round and drive again to Gorafe.
Extra sensible data for visiting Gorafe
Searching for a meal? Don’t neglect that within the province of Granada, tapas are free! In case you mix them with a racion (huge tapa), a bocadillo (sandwich) or a blended salad, you’ve a correct meal. In case you insist on a restaurant, go for a “menu diario”(often 3 programs and 1 drink for 10 euros!). We had lunch within the bar reverse the church of the neighboring village of Villanueva de las Torres (huge contemporary tapas!). Final however not least, throughout summer time, be sure you have loads of water with you.
There are many different attention-grabbing areas:
- In case you can’t have sufficient of the badlands, take a look at the villages of Belerda and Fonelas (about 35 kilometers to the southwest of Gorafe);
- about 50 kilometers to the east, you’ll find the Embalse de Negratin, a reservoir with turquoise water surrounded by pinkish badlands;
- Or you may go to Guadix (30 kilometers to the south) and discover its cathedral and cave homes.