(Baza Region of Altiplano, Granada Province)
One of the very picturesque towns to visit in the Baza region of the Altiplano of Granada is Caniles. In the north of the Granada Province, Caniles is 911 metres above sea level with Latitude 37 o26’ and Longitude 002 o43’. It sits on the edge of a plateau, between the north face of the Natural Park, Sierra de Baza and La Hoya de Guadix.
The overall municipality of Caniles (the third largest in the Altiplano region) stretches across some 220 Km2, including the main town of Caniles and also comprises of nine little hamlets: Balax, Cantarranas, El Francés, El Pertiguero, Estación de Hijate, La Juaca, Las Molineras, Los Gallardos, Los Olmos, Rejano and Valcabra. The overall population is around 5,000.
Getting to Caniles
Caniles is roughly seven kilometres from Baza town (the capital of the area) and is the most northerly town in the Granada Province in the direction of Almeria. It is easily accessible by car, taking the C-323 Baza-Huércal Overa road. Another main access road is the one that joins Baza with the Almanzora Valley (Almeria) - the A334 motorway. Being situated on the south-east border of the Sierra de Baza Natural Park, the drive up to this area is incredibly beautiful.
What to expect of Caniles
Sitting on the edge of the Sierra de Baza Natural Park, Caniles is set in stunning natural countryside, surrounded by lush vegetation and offering the nature lover and photographer the chance to follow beautiful countryside walks and excursions. A walk around the little town itself is a delight, with the pretty whitewashed Andalusian houses, including some original cave houses, also typical of the region. Agriculture is the main local activity and the people live by traditional Andalusian customs and values and are known to be very welcoming to visitors. There are several excellent bars and restaurants where you can test the gastronomic delights of local produce in with time tested recipes.
Long dry summers are made more pleasant than some hotter parts of Andalusia, with refreshingly cool evenings. Due to the altitude, winters are cold with a possibility of snow. Annual rain fall is not much more than 350 mm.