Gran Via de Colon, Granada
Gran Via de Colon is one of Granadas main thoroughfares. Coming by bus from the airport, you pass down Avenida de la Constitucian, which then sweeps to the right into the broad and straight road of Gran Via de Colon. At the end of Gran Via de Colon is the impressive statue of Christopher Columbus, who this street was named in honour of.
At this junction, the road becomes Calle Reyes Catolicos. The left turn leading into the traffic controlled Plaza Nueva, while the right travels down to Puerta Real. The area betweenVia Colon and Reyes Catolicos is where you find the Cathedral, Capilla Real (entrance is on Via Colon), La Madraza, Alcaiceria, Plaza Bib Rambla . Here too are some of the smartest shops for clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery on Calle los Mesones and its neighbouring streets.
On the opposite side of Via Colon is the old Moorish quarter of Albaicin, which in contrast to the straight boulevards of the newer 'Christian area' is a maze of photogenic narrow, winding cobbled alleyways and narrow streets.
Gran Via Colon has some very impressive buildings, many former palaces and grand houses, which are now hotels, offices and private appartments. Ornate balconies, and frescoes decorate many of the multi storied buildings.
When I was here in October 06, Via Colon was part of the new roadworking programme, which was causing some disruption to traffic, and much confusion as bus stops had been moved, including the airport and Granada tour bus (which had been diverted away from its usual Cathedral stop).
Granada has recently had a lot of money poured into it and the Junta have done a great job of fixing up the historic buildings, especially on Gran Via de Colon (the main street). They have also planted flowers long the road to pretty it up too. It now looks beautiful of a sunny day. Please take the time to look up at the now colourful buildings that line the street on your way to the Alhambra, Plaza Nueva or where ever you are headed. There are also some wonderful cafés to stop in at and have a well earned rest. New places are opening up all the time. It’s great to live in a place where things are on the up!
I snapped the photo quickly on the way back from the bank. I should have waited for a sunny day to show you the Gran via in all its glory!