Cueva Galera is situated in the stunning province of Granada, Spain.
Prepare to be charmed by the pretty inland village of Galera, steeped in history with the influence of many cultures going back some 4,000 years. Having been occupied during the Bronze Age followed by the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Moors, today it is home to just over 1000 inhabitants. This unspoiled village in the Granada ‘Altiplano’ area is one of the six villages with makes up the Huescar region. The town itself centres around the church built in the Granada ‘Mudejar’ style from the 16th Century. In 1983 it was officially given status as a National Monument.
The town hall square is surrounded by elegant Baroque houses, the town hall, post office and the obligatory tapas bar.
The fountain bubbles away constantly and neighbours chat under the shade of the trees, a typically traditional Andalusian village scene.
There is however nothing more surprising or exceptional in Galera than the neighbourhood of the caves. In the Cave Barrios of Santa Elena, Del Santismo and Las Cruces the whitewashed cave houses cling high up on the side of the mountains, with their pepper pot chimneys protruding literally out of the rock. It is here that some of the population known as Troglodytes live underground.
Traditionally the homes of the disadvantaged or poor the reformed caves now have all the utilities of modern life, including internet and WiFi. As demand for ecologically friendly homes continues to grow these quirky cave houses can provide an ideal solution. The thermal properties of these caves dug deep into the rock provide an all year round temperature of 18-20 degrees with no requirement for air conditioning or central heating, just perhaps a wood burning stove for the winter. These clusters of caves can be found in varying towns and villages from Granada and East to Galera and Huescar.
The number of caves found here is due to the interesting geology of this area, a land that was previously covered by sea that has dried out leaving fascinating rock formations perfect for cave digging. There are today thousands of people in the province of Granada living underground. The cave which was once the domain of the poor has now become a stylish option for professionals in the city of Granada; for those looking for an ecological lifestyle or a holiday retreat and still home to many Spanish families who have lived in caves for generations.
Keith and Sue