Andalucia is the southernmost autonomous community in the peninsular of Spain. It is the most populous and the second largest autonomous community in the country. The territory is divided into eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga, and Seville. Its capital city is Seville.
Andalucia is located in the south of the Iberian peninsula, in southwestern Europe, immediately south of the autonomous communities of Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha; west of the autonomous community of Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea; east of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean; and north of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar.
Situated in the north of the Granada Province, is the town of Baza, the capital of the overall area of the same name. The other, smaller villages in the Baza area are: Benamaurel, Caniles, Cortes de Baza, Cuevas del Campo, Cúllar, Freila, and Zújar.
Baza town sits at an altitude of 844 metres about sea level and has a population of around 21,600; accounting for almost 50% of the overall 45,000 population of the entire region of Baza. One of the most appreciated aspects of this magical main town of Baza is the towering mountain at just 12 kilometres away, which dominates the landscape like a protective watchtower.
The Granada Geopark extends over an exceptional territory in Eastern Andalucia. The geology of the region has conditioned the life and culture of its inhabitants from prehistoric to the present day. Geology, geomorphology, archaeology and cultural legacy are closely linked in one of the territories where the European oldest human remains and ancestral tradition are located.
The territory, with 4,722 km2 and 47 municipalities of Guadix, Baza, Huéscar and Montes, includes the current river valleys generated during the Quaternary in the North of Granada, as well as in much of the Basin from Guadix-Baza and part of the mountains that surround it.
Lake Negratin is one of Andalucias largest freshwater lakes, formed by the Negratin Dam on the Guadiana Menor River. A dazzling sight of aquamarine, or cobalt blue, depending on the time of day and the suns location, with a backdrop of rugged cliffs on its northern bank, the lake offers a scenic destination to take time out and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Canoeing and sailing are advertised from the El Negratin Club Nautico, a sailing club with a lake side restaurant. A surreal and natural hideaway, this inland beach area, consisting of pebbles, shrubs and overgrown bushes, is overlooked by a perfectly situated lakeside restaurant with a covered and an open terrace offering enchanting views for daytime and evening dining.