The River Darro used to flow through the city, but due to flooding and in order to make more room, the river was dammed, and covered over - forming Plaza Nueva.
The River gets its name River of Gold, due to the fact that people used to pan for gold along the banks.
Aurus being the Roman name for gold, the Arabic name for the river was Hadarro, The Christians then named it Dauro, eventually becoming the River Darro.
The river is crossed by 5 bridges, mainly small stone arched designs.
These are named the Puentes de Aljibillo, los Chrimias, Cabrera and Espinoso.
The ruins of the 11th century Puente del Cadi can be seen near the bus stop for Sacromonte on the Carrera del Darro, which runs parallel to the river bank.
This bridge used to connect Albaicin with the Alhambra Palace. After being demolished in the 17th century, only its base and part of the bridge wall can still be seen.
This river was all dried up when I visited, and appeared to be a bit of a local rubbish dump, plus a few characters were laying about sleeping off the contents of the empty bottles strewn nearby! Not quite the image of a River of Gold!
However, the street running parallel to the river (Carrera del Darro) is one of the prettiest in Granada, with its concentration of palaces, churches, houses and the old Arabic baths
Is one of the most picturesque and lovely line in Granada. The line begings on St Ana Church and runs bordering the river. Places worth to visit along the line are Casa de los Pisa, Convento de Santa María de Zafra and the archaeological museum.
Es una de las vias mas pintorescas y encantadoras de Granada. Comienza junto a la iglesia de Santa Ana y sube hacia arriba bordeando el rio darro. Lugares que se pueden visitar a lo largo del camino son el convento de Santa María de Zafra, la casa de los pisa y el museo arqueológico.
This 16th century mansion was built in the heart of the Arab town by the descendants of Hernando de Zafra (secretario de los Reyes Cristianos) as a residence in an effort to re-Christianise the town after the Reconquest of Granada. The entrance of la casa itself is a masterpiece of carved stonework of the period. Today, the mansion houses el Museo Arqueológico Provincial (regional archeological museum). Casa de Castril is located on carrera del Darro, just below Alhambra.
Situated in the shadow of the hill occupied by Alhambra, Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo was built around 1560 on the site of a Moorish mosque (mezquita de los Baños) after the Catholics expelled the Moors. The architectural design is typical Mudéjar style with a square tower resembling the minaret of a mosque. The church's situation by the river Darro, right below Alhambra, provides a scenic backdrop for the church.
This is one of my favourite things to do when visiting Granada. From Plaza Nueva you can walk along side the River Darro as far up as the Albacin. Along the way, you will see some amazing building facades, intriguing narrow side streets, churches, cavernous shops selling moroccan wares, parts of the Alhambra, small artisan shops plus enormous geese on the river so just meander along the cobbles and take in the unique setting.
This little road sandwiched between the river and the Albaicin is delightful. If you look up you see the Alhambra in all it’s glory and if you down you see the Darro which is more of a stream now than a river. But the old bridges and remains of Arabic archways make it really pretty. If you are a wildlife lover you can also check out the Geese or wild cats! There are some great looking houses at the other side of the river or you can go in the many Arabic shops lining the road. There are also some FANTASTIC looking Cafés and bars.
Walk along this interesting street. In your way you'll see some churches and other interesnting buildings. Explore the narrow streets you see on your left. In the middle of Carrera del Darro there is a terrace from where you have an amazing view of the Alhambra. You can sit and rest a little while enjoying the view with this singular monument.