Plaza de Nueva, like the cathedral, was built as a reminder that Catholicism had taken over from Islam and Ferdinand and Isabela were now calling the shots. As well as destroying the large mosque to make way for their cathedral, once Bobadil had been driven out of the city they lost no time in attempting to wipe out as much evidence of his rule as they possibly could. In Plaza Nueva there was a ritual burning of more than 80,000 books from the Muslim university library. This imediately brings to mind the burning of Jewish books by the nazis and of course, persecution of the Jewish community was another prominent feature of the reign of the Catholic monarchs. From Plaza Nueva you can head up to the Alhambra via the Cuesta de Gomerez or start your exploration of the Albaicin, along Carrera De Darro. The church of Santa Ana is the most interesting building in the Plaza and in its construction, echoes the constant theme of Isalm v Catholicism that dominates Granada. Though built in the 16th century, long after the Moors had gone, the bell tower was actually originally a minaret from a mosque which once stood in this place.
Now Plaza de Nueva is awash with outdoor cafes and bars and there's usually plenty of impromptu entertainment going on there as well.
Apart from Moorish and Catholic rulers, the poetry and story of Federico Garcia Lorca plays a large part in the appeal and mystique of Granada. His story brings us to a more recent phase of Granada's history and reminders that more people were killed here during the Spanish Civil War than in any other part of the country. Lorca himself, poet, Republican and homosexual was targeted by the Falangists and murdered outside of the city in 1936. Although Granada did not protect him when he needed it, Lorca's memory is now finally getting the acclaim it deserves and income from his devotees substantially bumps up the coffers of tourism. His birthplace, Huerta de San Vicente is now a museum and this is open to the public at a very minimal cost. Free guided tours are given throughout the day. If you want a more detailed overview of Lorca's life in Granada you can pay to join one of the specialist tours which retrace his steps and chronicle the main events of his short life. Reading some of Lorca's poetry before you visit makes it very easy to tune into the aspect of Granada that seems melancholy and brooding. If you click on the photograph, you will get the details necesary to book one ot the Lorca tours.
"The river Guadalquiver
has a pomegranate beard.
Two rivers in Granada
one of snow, the other of blood."
F. G. Lorca
In winter, Granada can be cold and crowded because of Sierra Nevada, and hot in summer, but it's nice anytime of the year anyway.
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- www.andalucia.org (and look for Granada)
If you want to get a little history on Granada on the Alhambra, pick up a copy of Washington Irving's "Tales of the Alhambra".
I read through three guidebooks of the area, the best of the bunch was Lonely Planet Andalusia which had the most in depth coverage of Granada plus some historical background on the area. Frommer's Seville, Granada and Andalucia was OK, I wouldn't recommend the Eyewitness Top 10 guide, just not enough information for me.
This tip is for those who have not traveled extensively throughout Europe and have never seen this type of electrical outlet before.
Fondest memory: I had not ever seen this little box to put your room key in which in turn, activates the power in your hotel room. No one at the front desk mentioned it to me, so was I glad when I found out from friends that in order to get power to your room, one must place the hotel key (or a piece of cardboard) into the slot by the door. Whew! I thought for a minute my "Hello Kitty!" flashlight and I were going to be in high demand on this trip!
After a trip to Granada in the Andalusian area of Spain, and would just like to share my overwhelming appreciation of the place. One of the cultural highlights was looking over the best view in the city where you can see the skiiing slopes of Sierra Nevada in the background and the Alhambra Palace in the foreground - while just by you a local band sings and plays.
There is also the general insanity of Spainish life, for example, where you are all standing around waiting for a bus and suddenly 100 cheering people run down the street jumping into bushes and banging the streetsigns for no apparent reason. Drinking in a bar (Casa Enrique - Acera de Darro) with your friends waiting for a restaurant to open and noticing that the photos on the wall were taken in 1911 and absolutely nothing has changed, then looking down to see someone polishing your shoes.
Amazing characters, great nightlife, culture and arts and religious diversity living in (some sort of) harmony Granada blew us away and it is highly recommended.
Favorite thing: If you try to get a coffee and some croissants at about 12o'clock, in a cafe outside the tourist center, you will be disappointed. I can't understand that, because actually, the Spanish folk wakes up very late and is used to late breakfast. Well...this time we had some shrimps for breakfast...why not?
My Uncle was a big fan of Frank Sinatra, and used to sing the song Granada when I was young, only now do I realise how accurate the lyrics are
Granada, I'm falling under your spell,
And if you could speak, what a fascinating tale you would tell.
Of an age the world has long forgotten.
Of an age that weaves a silent magic in Granada today.
The dawn in the sky greets the day with a sigh for Granada,
For she can remember the splendor that once was Granada.
It still can be found in the hills all around as I wanderr along.
Entranced by the beauty before me,
Entranced by a land full of sunshine and flowers and song.
And when day is done and the sun starts to set in Granada,
I envy the blush of the snow-clad Sierra Nevada.
For soon it will welcome the stars while a thousand guitars,
Play a soft habanera.
Then moonlit Granada will live again the glory of yesterday,
Romantic and gay.
Favorite thing: On a pleasant day, or better yet, on a hot day, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a nice copa de tinto y limon or tinto verano, the red wine and lemon soda spritzer. This drink is reputed to be a favorite among locals and certainly won’t totally brand you as a tourist as when you order a sangria. Certainly as refreshing, you’ll find tinto y limon to be less sweet than a typical sangria which was a big plus for my wife. They are so good we're going to start drinking them back home!
Favorite thing: No audio guide at the Capilla Real but they do have a descriptive pamphlet in various languages for only 0.10 euro. Definitely worth it if nothing else just to get rid of the 0.10 euro coin from your pocket! Unless you have some other guide book description of the building, you’ll really miss out if you don’t get the pamphlet as there aren’t a lot of descriptions of the major features of the chapel and its contents. Bottom line: GET THE PAMPHLET.
This is a tip made more because we wished we had spent the 3 euros for the audio guide at the Cathedral in Granada. I really would have liked a good description of the paintings in the main cathedral area and of the two major puerta carvings on the interior. Without the audio guide or a detailed guide book I found that I didn’t really know much about what I was looking at other than it was a spectacular facility.
We did get the audio guide at the Alhambra and it was definitely worth the 3 euros.
Favorite thing: I want to take this opportunity to thank two wonderful friends -- Stace ( Beach_Dog ) and Carmen ( Carmela 71 ) for our WONDERFUL DAY IN GRANADA and The Alhambra. You were both terrific tour guides and so knowledgeable and fun to be with. Hans and I really love you two.
These little fellas are such wonderful creatures; they live in Granada and all over the south of Spain too. They are a very common sight all year round but especially in the summer months. There are two types of lizard type creatures that you may see, but this type is by far the cutest. Look at his little hands; he has little suction pads on them! These Geckos also have oscillating eyes too!
Don’t try and catch them because they are fast little critters and if you pull their tails they will fall off as a defence mechanism!
This photo was taken in my bathroom when I discovered I had a new house guest. This morning I have been looking for him, but I think he might have exited via the toilet! Oh, well maybe he'll reappear later!
A short while back I had the amazing experience of taking a walk on the "back of the Albaizin" - in the Sacromonte. Which is almost a part of "the Albaizin" - just to the right of it up the mountain...
It was a sunny day, and the view we had from there of the mountains was amazing. It is really worth it taking a walk around Sacromonte.
The aparthotel in Granada Suites Gran Vía 44 was an excellent choice. The suite was designed for a...more
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This is an interesting hotel located just off of Plaza Nueva. It is located in a 17th century...more