If you like the look of the habitable Altiplano caves featured on eye-traveller then you might be interested to know that they do come up for sale. In the hills of southern Spain thousands of people live in caves. In the towns and villages around Gaudix (where Matthew Parris owns a holiday cave) Galera and Baza, these rock-cut homes have been in use for centuries; many are still inhabited, but they are often bought as ruins for restoration and for use as second homes. And they are cheap – sometimes very cheap.

One of our favourites (we’ve stayed there twice) is Cuevas el Guindas: a complex of four Flintstone-style holiday lets (pictured above and below right) for sale through Spanish Inland Properties at £325,000. Also for sale is Cuevas la Veranda, a giant cave dwelling near Galera (pictured below left): divided into three holiday lets, it has 13 bedrooms and eight bathrooms – for only £212,000 (we believe the vendor is holiday company Under the Thatch). More details here.

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