Guadix (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡwaˈðiks]; Local pronunciation: [waˈðih]) is a city and municipality in southern Spain, in the province of Granada.

Flag of Guadix
Coat of arms of Guadix
Guadix is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Guadix is located in Province of Granada
Location in the Province of Granada
Coordinates: 37°18′2″N 3°8′6″W / 37.30056°N 3.13500°W / 37.30056; -3.13500
Country Spain
Province Granada
Judicial districtGuadix
 • MayorJesús Rafael Lorente Fernández (PP)
 • Total317 km2 (122 sq mi)
913 m (2,995 ft)
 • Total18,718
 • Density59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
WebsiteOfficial website

The city lies at an altitude of 913 metres,[2] in the centre of the Hoya of Guadix, a high plain at the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is located on the Linares Baeza–Almería railway. The city was built in the vicinity of gullies and badlands.



Early history


Evidence of human settlement in the area surrounding Guadix goes back to at least the Bronze Age.



Guadix el Viejo, 6 km northwest, was the Roman Acci (also Accitum) mentioned in Pliny's Natural History and as Akki by Ptolemy, who placed it among the Bastetani, whose capital was Basti. It is not known for certain whether it is of Phoenician or of early Spanish origin. The existence of an oppidum with a well-defined urban plan from the 6th century BC has been documented; archeological excavations have revealed complex spaces with straight walls and red adobe floors. Kilns and silos have also been found, demonstrating a high level of development in the settlement. Throughout the Iberian era, there was a shift in planning regarding the construction methods and the alignment of residences. The importance of craftsmanship and industry in the area has been shown by the discovery of what might be an oil press below Calle Palacio. Excavations at Cine Acci have uncovered a slate dwelling from the 5th century BC.

According to Macrobius, the primitive inhabitants paid homage to Mars under the name of Neton. Julius Caesar established the Roman colony called Julia Gemella. According to tradition, it was the seat of the first bishopric in Hispania, in the 2nd century.

Remains of the Roman theatre of Guadix

Roman coins were minted at Julia Gemella, and the settlement continued to be an important centre of commerce, leaving artifacts such as the Pedestal of Isis, as well as the ruins of a Roman theatre. In addition, a network of sewers, galleries and water conduits have been uncovered in the city, as well as the possible remains of a Roman temple.

Acci would have enjoyed the benefits of the Ius Italicum, which would have favoured social and economic development.

The fall of the Western Roman Empire negatively influenced the status of Acci, whose population may have in large part moved to rural areas,[3] and the city is known to have been one of the first in the Iberian Peninsula to adopt Catholicism. Few remains have been found dating from the IV to the XI century.

From the Moors to the Reconquista


After 711 it rose to some importance as a Moorish fortress and trading station, renamed Wadi 'Ashi ("the Wadi of Acci", or "The Water of Life").[4][5] According to Arab sources, the city was initially a rebel against the Umayyads, and after the Caliphate's decline, Guadix found itself located on the border between the territories of Zirids of Granada and those of the Banu Jayrán of Almería. The city was integrated into the Almoravid Empire and then by the Almohad Caliphate, which conquered al-Andalus and later left the peninsula, leading to Guadix becoming a territory of the Emirate of Granada. During this period, Guadix was home to Ḥamda bint Ziyād, one of medieval Granada's foremost women poets. The city was the site of the Battle of Guadix in January 1362 in which a small Castilian army was routed by the forces of Muhammed VI, Sultan of Granada.[6]

The civil wars in the kingdom of Granada turned Guadix into the capital of a short-lived kingdom ruled by Muhammad XIII of Granada: internal conflicts made the arrival of the Castillans easier, and the city surrendered without a siege to the kingdom of Ferdinand and Isabella in 1489.[4]



By the end of the 19th century, Guadix had been famous for its cutlery; but its newer manufactures (chiefly earthenware, hempen goods, and hats) did not contribute to the city's economy significantly. Trade of wool, cotton, flax, corn and liqueurs took place in the city. The warm mineral springs of Cortes y Graena, once commonly frequented during the summer, are located roughly 10 kilometres west of Guadix.[4]

The novelist Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, author of El sombrero de tres picos, was born in Guadix in 1833.[7] The 19th and 20th centuries saw a period of economic crisis for the town. Currently Guadix is a center of production of fruit (strawberries), cereals, vegetables, as well as a minor tourist center.



The Hoya Basin has been subject to erosion due to the presence of small rivers in the surrounding elevations, which have given the area its characteristic landscape of gullies and badlands. The sediments of the rivers Fardes and Guadix have turned the region into a fertile, then irrigated area, where the use of the land ranges from the cultivation of fruit trees, where peach cultivation abounds, to forestry, in particular that of poplar groves, as well as the sowing of cereals, leguminous plants and vegetables.

Main sights

Troglodyte cave dwellings
Plaza de la Constitución
  • Guadix Cathedral (16th-18th centuries), built over a Moorish mosque in Gothic-Renaissance style. The façade is in Baroque style.
  • Church of St. Augustine (18th century),
  • Church of Santiago (1540), with a Plateresque portal
  • Convent and church of the Conception
  • Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress commanding the town
  • Barrio de Santiago, a neighborhood characterized by troglodyte houses carved in tuff rocks
Panoramic view of the outer parts of Guadix

Notable people


International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Guadix is twinned with:

Guadix has also reached a "green-twinning" agreement with Piaseczno, Poland.[10]

See also



  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ "Predicción por municipios. Guadix (Granada)". AEMET. Archived from the original on 8 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Breve historia de la ciudad de Guadix | Patrimonio de Guadix". Archived from the original on 2 January 2023. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  4. ^ a b c   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Guadix". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 646.
  5. ^ Stillwell, Richard (1976). "Acci (Guadix), Granada, Spain". Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  6. ^ Mérimée, Prosper (1848). "Histoire de Dan Pédre". Revue des deux mondes (in French). Au bureau de la Revue des deux mondes. pp. 280–281. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  7. ^ Rubio Cremades, Enrique. "Biografía de Pedro Antonio de Alarcón". Fundación Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Celanova colabora con Guadix para instalar un monumento a San Torcuato". Ideal. 22 February 2019. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  9. ^ "L'Arboç se hermana con Guadix". Diari de Tarragona. 30 September 2019. Archived from the original on 11 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Acuerdos de hermanamiento o twinning" (PDF). 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-07-31. Retrieved 2020-07-09.