Guadix is one of the oldest settlements on the Peninsula. Founded by Octavio Augusto, as settlement of veterans of the First and Second Legions, along with a previous Iberian settlement. In Roman times it was called "Julia Gemella Acci" and hence the adjective, "accitano". The current name of the city dates back to the Muslim rule when the city was called "Wadi Ash" ("River Ash '); Arabization of the name Acci), pronounced as "ish wad" in Granada colloquial Arabic. In times of the Kingdom of Granada Wadi Ash was one of his thirty-three madinas or walled cities that had citadel. During this period his jurisdiction of which was almost identical to that of the current Accitania. The current pronunciation is now / gwa'diks / o / gwa'dis / although traditionally was / gwa'dix /, of which attests the adjective. 


The caves of Guadix are a later creation in the Arab-Muslim era; its origins date back to immediately after the conquest of Granada in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs. Excavations in the hills were practiced by master builders, and the technique was to carve the hill but it does not collapse.


Iglesia y Convento de Santiago (Guadix)
Iglesia y Convento de Santiago (Guadix)

Points of Interest in Guadix

  • Cathedral (Catedral y Parroquia del Sagrario);
  • Convento de La Concepción;
  • Church (Iglesia de San Augustin);
  • Iglesia de San Agustín (s. XVIII); 
  • Old Convento de San Agustín o Viejo Seminario;
  • Church: Iglesia y Convento de Santiago (National Monument16th century;
  • Convento de la Divina Infantita;
  • Alley in the district Santiago;
  • Church: Iglesia de San Miguel - Convento de Santo Domingo:  (16th century);
  • Church: Iglesia de la Magdalena;
  • Church: Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco (16th century);
  • Basílica de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias y Convento de San Diego;
  • Church: Iglesia de Santa Ana (16th century);
  • Church: Iglesia de San Torcuato (17th centrury);
  • Church: Iglesia de la Ermita Nueva;
  • Church: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima;
  • Church: Iglesia de Santo Domingo (16th century);
  • Chapel:Ermita de San Antonio Abad;
  • Museo Catedralicio "Donum Fidei" y Catedral;
  • Palacio de los Marqueses de Peñaflor;
  • Castle (Alcazaba Árabe);
  • Cave museum (Cueva Museo de Alfarería "La Alcazaba";
  • Cave information center (Centro de Interpretación Cuevas de Guadix);
  • Badlands;
  • Cave district.
  • Visit to a cheese factory: Queseria Leyva
The cathedral of Guadix.
The cathedral of Guadix.


Other villages that belong to the municipallity of Guadix: Estación de Guadix, Bácor, Hernán-Valle, Paulenca, Belerda, Olivar y Los Balcones

Festivities in Guadix

  • San Antón is celebrated in the night from the 16th on the 17th of January;
  • San Torcuato is celebrated on the 15th of May with a traditional procession and a rock festival of local artists; 
  • In the second half of May a classic music festival is organized; "Ciclo Internacional de Música Guadix Clásica" with groups like South London Philharmonic, Las Voces Búlgaras, Solistas de Zúrich, Camerata Romeu and the choir of Capilla Real de Madrid.
  • The festivities in honor of Virgen de Fátima are celebrated in the last weekend of May in the cave district;
  • San Bernabé is celebrated from the 11th until the 13th of June in the hamlet Bácor-Olivar;
  • Sagrado Corazón de Jesús is held in the first or second week of July;
  • Santa Ana is celebrated on the 26th of July in the district of the same name; 
  • In the cave district the fiesta in honor of Virgen de Gracia is held around the 15th of August with a procession;
  • In the hamlet of Hernán-Valle the festivities are held in honor of its patron San Luis Rey de Francia in the third or fourth weekend of August;
  • The fair of Guadix is taking place between the end of August and the first week of September; 
  • The most famous fiesta El Cascamorras is celebrated on the 9th of September: this is declared as Fiesta de Interés Turístico Internacional;
  • San Miguel is celebrated on the 29th of September in the district of the same name; 
  • In the first weekend of November the festivities in honor of Virgen de las Angustias are held. In the first weekend they take the virgen from its church to the cathedral and in the second week the procession is held;
Torreón del Ferro (Guadix)
Torreón del Ferro (Guadix)

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Basic Information Guadix

Guadix (37°17′58″N 3°08′14″O)

Altitude: 910 meters

Population: 18.898 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 54 km

Distance to the beach: 106 km (Almeria)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 188 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 69 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


  • Supermarkets: yes
  • Banks: yes
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Bars: yes
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