The province of Granada in Spain has two distinctive options, the Alhambra, one of many only a few Muslim palaces on this planet and the Geoparque of Granada, a powerful 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 essentially the most fascinating city and surrounding space is with none doubt Gorafe. There are three websites that you just can’t miss when visiting.
Tips on 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 heart devoted to the 240 dolmens in Gorafe and life throughout the Megalithic interval. The middle is situated within the coronary heart of the village and admission is about 3 euros. You may solely go to it at midday or at 5pm within the afternoon. The guided go to takes about 3 hours.
Afterward, it is 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 situated on a street known as Mirador del Llano de Olivares. If you happen to carry on following this street, you’ll ultimately arrive on the space generally often known as “the Gorafe desert”. Technically, this isn’t a desert, however quite a powerful sequence of badlands, in all shapes, sizes and colours. A must-see! Plenty of vacationers go to this space through an organization that organizes guided excursions.
The most important drawback is that these excursions could be fairly costly. (100 euros and extra). The excellent news is that you could go to these badlands additionally by yourself.
Optimistically, you may see these fellows:
Carry on following the street; a bit additional, you may see Gorafe from a special standpoint!
You at the moment are very near the badlands. For essentially the most half, you’ll be driving on a dust 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 form of panorama you will notice:
After an hour, you will notice a very dramatic panorama. It’s known as “Los Coloraos” and could be finest 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 info for visiting Gorafe
Searching for a meal? Don’t overlook that within the province of Granada, tapas are free! If you happen to mix them with a racion (massive tapa), a bocadillo (sandwich) or a blended salad, you might have a correct meal. If you happen to insist on a restaurant, go for a “menu diario”(normally 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 (massive recent tapas!). Final however not least, throughout summer season, be sure to have loads of water with you.
There are many different fascinating areas:
- If you happen to can’t have sufficient of the badlands, try 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.