Find out how to Plan an Unforgettable Go to to the Gorafe Desert

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 exhibits 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 attention-grabbing city and surrounding space is with none doubt Gorafe. There are three websites that you just can not miss when visiting.

Find out how to get to the Gorafe desert?

Whether or not you’re staying in Granada, Malaga or Almeria, the best – and quickest! – strategy to go to Gorafe desert is through the A92; there’s a direct exit to the city.

Gorafe desert in Grenada, Spain

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 through the Megalithic interval. The middle is situated within the coronary heart of the village and admission is about 3 euros. You possibly can solely go to it at midday or at 5pm within the afternoon. The guided go to takes about 3 hours.

Afterward, you need to pay a go to to the dolmens themselves within the Megalithic Park, simply exterior the village. Admission is free! Gorafe has the very best focus of burial mounds in the entire of Spain.

Megalithic Park in Gorafe
Megalithic Park in Gorafe

The highest a part of the park is situated on a street known as Mirador del Llano de Olivares. In case you carry on following this street, you’ll ultimately arrive on the space generally referred to as “the Gorafe desert”. Technically, this isn’t a desert, however moderately a powerful collection of badlands, in all shapes, sizes and colours. A must-see! A number of vacationers go to this space through an organization that organizes guided excursions.

The largest drawback is that these excursions may be fairly costly. (100 euros and extra). The excellent news is that you would be able to go to these badlands additionally by yourself.

Hopefully, you may see these fellows:

Mirador del Llano de Olivares
Mirador del Llano de Olivares

Carry on following the street; a bit additional, you may see Gorafe from a distinct viewpoint!

Gorafe in Spain
Gorafe in Spain

You at the moment are very near the badlands. For essentially the most half, you may 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 form of panorama you will note:

After an hour, you will note a very dramatic panorama. It’s known as “Los Coloraos” and may be finest in comparison with a small model of the Grand Canyon:

You may proceed on the identical street, however we strongly advise in opposition to 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

A go to to the three websites will take a minimum of in the future. There are a number of hotels in Gorafe and a few of them are situated in caves! Test Booking for extra info.

In search of a meal? Don’t overlook that within the province of Granada, tapas are free! In case you mix them with a racion (large tapa), a bocadillo (sandwich) or a blended salad, you’ve got a correct meal. In case you 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 (large contemporary tapas!). Final however not least, throughout summer season, be sure to have loads of water with you.

There are many different attention-grabbing places:

  • 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 will see that 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.