The current name of the town comes from the Arabic name of a farmhouse that was owned by Gaurab. It was mentioned by that name in the twelfth century by the Arab historian al-Idrisi as one of the villages that belong to the district of Guadix. The Gaurab place name means "upper houses" or "low height" probably it referred to the excavated houses in the rock that are still in the cliffs of the town. In the surroundings of the river valley Gor is one of the largest concentrations of dolmens across Europe located. They are 240 dolmens spread over 10 necropolis, and belonged to different tribes of ranchers and farmers that were settled in the region about 6000 years ago.
Gorafe (37°28′44″N 3°02′33″O)
Altitude: 850 meters
Population: 415 inhabitants (2014)
Distance to Granada: 82 km
Distance to the beach: 139 km (Almeria)
Distance to Airport Malaga: 216 km
Distance to Airport Granada: 97 km
Touristic level: low - medium - high
Authentic level: low - medium - high
In Gorafe you have the possibility to sleep in a romantic cavehouse. Please click here for the availability or for other accommodations that are available in the neightbourhood.