Cave Life in Granada

View of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

The view of Granada’s Alhambra from El Mirador de San Nicolás

Are you looking for an extraordinary home that’s both offbeat and affordable? If so, then look no further than the caves of Granada. Living in a cave is a unique and comfortable experience, and combined with the excellent location, it could be just the kind of cool homestead experience you’re looking for. Let’s take a closer look at cave living.

What’s it like to live in a cave?

When most people think of living in a cave, they picture one of two scenarios, either the Flinstones or Gollum from The Hobbit. Either way, it doesn’t sound so comfortable at first glance. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The caves for sale in Granada are clean and modern with all of the conveniences you would expect, including running water, electricity, forced-air systems, internet, cable, heating and parking spaces. You can also decorate as you see fit, with painted walls, tiled floors, soft lighting, hardwood floors, state-of-the-art kitchen equipment, or even a Jacuzzi. Some people even buy a buy a bare bones cave and fix it up themselves.

Furthermore, today’s modern cave homes don’t have that typical dank cave air. Most residents report that the internal temperature of the cave hovers between 60 and 70 degrees year round. That’s because the cave’s rock walls can keep the space insulated and at a constant temperature. Imagine living in sunny Spain in the summertime and not having to pay for air-conditioning.

Finally, living in a cave is a comfortable way to experience the simple life. Most of the caves are in rural areas in Granada, which can present an attractive option for pensioners or those looking to escape the chaos of urban life. You can enjoy the beautiful landscape and the solitude of country life, inside your four stone walls. People who live in caves even report better sleep. One resident, quoted in the New York Times, said, “it’s like sleeping in a womb.”

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Flamenco in a Granada cave.

Why are most of the caves in Spain?

Historically, the caves in southern Spain were inhabited by serfs, who worked the land belonging to noblemen. Though that way of life is long dead, the caves have endured, and now are seen as attractive real estate. Nowadays, people are rediscovering the caves as a peaceful alternative to the hectic lifestyle found in cities, that won’t break the bank.

How much does does a cave cost?

The going rate for a furnished cave in Granada is between 100,000 and 200,000 USD. For real estate in the highly developed southern region of Spain, this is a steal. The price is low enough that you could raise the money quickly by yourself, such as through picking up hours teaching or selling your old clutter online. Once you have the cash, get ready to enjoy your new cave home!


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