The northern part of the region of Guadix is what we know as Los Montes, space well delimited by the lower course of Fardes and the northern slope of Sierra Arana, which dominates the arid landscape.
In the Montes we found the oldest paleontological and prehistoric remains of the whole region, which highlights the set of dolmens that extends from the river valley to the plain Gor.
At the foot of Sierra Arana a plain soft hills where we find the villages of Darro, Diezma, Moreda, Laborcillas, Governor, Smell it, Alamedilla and Pedro Martinez opens. To the east, the plain is suddenly cut by ravines and streams that form the lower basin of Fardes, ushering in the area of badlands largest and most spectacular of the region, with the people of Alicún de Ortega, Pastures of Guadix and Villanueva de las Torres. In the Montes we found the oldest paleontological and prehistoric remains of the whole region, which highlights the set of dolmens that extends from the river valley to the plain Gor. For many centuries it has been the area that connected the Guadalquivir valley Guadix. In the last centuries of the Middle Ages was, above all, a border area, subjected to constant harassment by the Christian armies, hence the abundance of towers, watchtowers and castles. When the Christian conquest was completed the area was practically deserted and repopulation gave rise to the current villages around cortijadas belonging to the lords who received land, and that gave name to them (Alicún de Ortega, Pedro Martinez, Governor …). Today it is a grain and cattle area which offers excellent sausages and bread quality.
The route of Guadix, where, by the A-92, we Diezma and Darro, at the foot of Sierra Aran, where there are rock shelters with traces of prehistoric cave paintings and cave Horá, occupied during the Paleolithic. We continue along the plain towards Moreda and Governor where we can visit the small Mudejar church. Following the road to Pedro Martinez, we can see some of the Muslim surveillance towers. From Pedro Martinez we continue along a narrow road towards Alamedilla, which will surprise us by its green valley amidst the arid badlands surrounding it. To continue to Dehesas de Guadix we must return to the road crossing of Pedro Martinez. The road layout will allow us to observe the strange lunar landscape, which occasionally find an isolated farmhouse or a herd of goats. From Dehesas we can bring Alicún de Ortega, where the remains of the largest medieval castle in the area. Back, passing again by meadows and along the road that traces the course of Fardes arrive to Villanueva de las Torres, where we have one of the most important sights of the badlands of the region. Since Villanueva continue, always slow country roads until Huélago, around which we can see some of the dolmens and one of the best preserved medieval towers. The return to Guadix we do it again for Darro, where it joins the A-92.