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Gorafe Dolmens Circuit

Exploring the Area

Gorafe Dolmens Circuit
Parque Megalítico, Gorafe
Granada, Andalucía, Spain


This is a very pleasant and interesting drive to explore the fascinating area around Gorafe with its plethora of ancient tombs. The trip includes as much or as little walking as wished.

Take the A92 from Baza in the direction of Granada and come off at the turnoff for Gorafe and Alicún (about 20 km from Baza - see Map)). Head for Gorafe. The turnoff for the Parque Megalítico on the right is clearly marked. Here you will find several information boards which helpfully explain the origins of the dolmens in Spanish, English, Italian , German and French.

A drive along the wide, unmetalled road will take you past the remains of many of the dolmens, which are believed to have been built during the late Neolithic and Copper Ages.



Parque Megalítico, Gorafe
View down to road to Gorafe
Gorafe

Start of Parque Megalítico

View down to Gorafe road

Gorafe

The vistas from this road are stupendous, with the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada to be seen on the left and Jabalcón and the La Sagra peak on the right. The track runs parallel to a deep and wide gorge, the Barranco del Rio Gor. You need to walk towards the edge of the valley to admire the stunning view.

When you get to the wooden signpost which points to
Diezma straight ahead, turn left and wind down the steep track to the village of Gorafe. Turn towards the left at the bottom and go into the centre of the village. In the square is a Hotel Rural, "Posada Los Guilos", where a cold beer whilst sitting in the sun will be accompanied by a (free) generous tapa. (We went in January and the weather was gorgeous, warm and sunny as can be seen in the photos).

Hotel Rural, Gorafe
Info Board
Dolmen 134 (entrance)

Hotel Rural, Gorafe

Info Board

Dolmen 134 (entrance)

Not far from the village you will come across a layby on your left in which you will see an information board showing the dolmens that are present on either side of the road. Park here and explore on foot.

The most impressive of these sepulchres, and the symbol of the area, is Dolmen No.134, which is on the same side of the road as the layby (see the info board). The dolmens on the other side of the road are also worth walking to, if only to enjoy the scenery in this lovely, tranquil area.

Dolmen 134
Dolmen 13
Dolmen 141 and Gorge

Dolmen 134

Dolmen 139

Dolmen 141 and Barranco del Gor

To end the trip, continue along the road and back to the A92 motorway.

Please note that, whereas all our recommended drives are normally perfectly safe for standard cars, special care should be taken after a period of bad weather. You are always advised to have plenty of drinking water with you as well as plenty of fuel in your tank. You may well find your mobile (cell) phone is out of network coverage.



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