- Cave Dwellings and Gypsies -
A little break for the busy Thanksgiving week and we’re back this week with another part of the Spain Series from our Spain trip :) We left off in Valencia, Spain. The next day…
After about 3.5 hours on the road with a stop or two we made it to the town of Guadix. The landscape was amazing making us think of the Grand canyon and monument park including more trees around and cave dwellings. Spaghetti westerns were actually filmed in this region of Spain as it looks so much like the western United States! Clint Eastwood filmed quite a few there himself. Our reason for the stop in Guadix was to see how the locals live in cave houses allowing for much cooler temps indoors during hot summers. The troglodyte cave dwellings are MUCH bigger on the inside than we expected. A family allows for limited tours of their cave home which we visited. It kept going & going & we were able to see where they were expanding the home to yet another room by digging in the clay to create the room. The home was whitewashed inside and the temperature definitely stays cool inside… About 72 degrees with no AC. The family living there has done so much with the upstairs for visitors including many old family photos, pictures of the family digging out the rooms over time, old sewing machines and pots, handmade ceramic pieces displayed all over, a photo of the wood fire oven being used with the wooden paddle displayed next to it, and on and on. The family also had a goose, chickens, a dog, and a few other birds.
The temperature was getting warmer as we headed south in Spain and the cotton Yigal Azrouel dress from Atrium Ready to Wear that I’d packed was ideal for the day. It packed like a dream - basically wrinkle free when I pulled it out of the stuffed suitcase. Accessorized with a studded belt, Madwell necklace, gold earrings, Prada sunnies, and the trusty Marc Jacobs crossbody bag, I stayed cool and comfortable from the cave dwellings to traveling to dinner and a gypsy show. This dress can be paired with a leather jacket, tights, and boots for a cooler weather look, too!
Following our time in Guadix, it wasn’t much longer until we got to Granada. Here, a lot of the signs include Arabic along with Spanish & French. The closer we got to the Southern part of Spain the more Arabic influences existed… Morrocan feeling architecture and decor like the previous Moorish influences but multiplied.
After a quick dinner, we took a ride up to the old quarter of Granada for a Gypsy night of entertainment. The Gypsy family (a very large family) owns an amazing cave dwelling that overlooks the Alhambra Palace (gorgeous at night which we visited the next day). They had carved out two caves to allow people like us to come experience their ‘Zambra’ dances alongside their home and restaurant. The family is famous for their fiery performances that are unique to the gypsies that lives in the caves around the area. One of the daughters won an “America’s Got Talent” type competition in Spain for dancing & singing. The drive alone was worth the trip as the roads were narrow and winding with plenty of quaint outdoor dining along the way. On to the show - talk about high energy & passionate… These gypsies moved their feet faster than we’ve ever seen!! We saw performances like they’d do at their wedding celebrations complete with the singing, clapping, instruments, and dancing - and it’s all a family affair. I don’t think words can explain where we sat to watch this show… the pictures above are the best way to understand how close we were to the action. Towards the end of the show the family pulled a couple of us up to dance with them which was a lot of fun! A little dancing in the Stuart Weitzman wedges was a breeze after the Montjuic hike :)
As it relates to charm and all around feel, Granada was one of our favorites! But, each town had it’s own standouts, for sure :) Cave dwellings and gypsy performances made for an exciting day of Spanish culture. Next up look for the beautiful Alhambra Palace!
Dress: Yigal Azrouel dress from Atrium Ready to Wear
Belt: B-Low the Belt Victoria Snake Waist Belt from Shopbop.com (similar here)
Necklace: Madewell Bead and Disk Necklace (no longer available)