National Geographic : 1957 Oct
Gypsy Cave Dwellers T HE cave, refuge of primitive man, still serves as home to surprising numbers of people. In Spain entire communities live below ground, particularly in the southern provinces where soft limestone, clay, and loam yield easily to pick and shovel and where many natural caves are found. Gypsies who have forsaken nomadic ways seem especially drawn to such unconventional dwellings, although many non-gypsies live in them as well. In Granada the gypsy troglodyte colony ranks next to the Alhambra as an attraction for visitors. + A cave need not be primitive, as this kitchen scene testifies. Well-tamped floor, whitewashed walls, and attractive furnishings readily make a cave a home. Doorways and ceilings are arched for strength. SJack Manning, Pix 572 Claude Jacoby, Pix-> Doorways Dot the Hills of Guadix Patches of whitewash and domed chimneys like watch towers betray the presence of cave dwellings. This Guadix suburb shelters an estimated 10,000.