Andalucía

Spirit of Granada

Spirit of Granada

"Granada has stolen my heart, I feel as though wounded, or in convalescence..." These were the words of Juan Ramón Jiménez in a heartfelt, poetic letter he was to write to Isabel García Lorca in September 1924 returning from his visit to Granada. This letter, along with his book, Olvidos , show how he was able to take in, understand and retell the essence of Granada. He noticed how in Granada (as is the case in Andalusia as a whole),…
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At the curve of the Darro River

At the curve of the Darro River

The Carrera del Darro could be one of the most beautiful urban streets in the world. It is completely unique. The Darro River is small, but it has brought life to Granada through the ages, its many bridges uniting the city's two magical hills (on which the Alhambra and Albayzín are built). Granada's palaces, houses and arable land have taken water from the Darro since time immemorial, and its waters have, in turn, carried away the pains and impurities of…
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At the foot of the Albayzín

At the foot of the Albayzín

What is the Albayzín? Albayzín is the name given to the lower slopes of San Miguel Hill, inhabited since way back in history, in the northern part of the city of Granada. The Darro River marks the edge of the neighbourhood on its eastern, lower side, separating it from the neighbouring Sabika Hill, home to the Alhambra. Its north-westerly end is stuck close to Granada's ancient city wall, at Cuesta de Alhacaba hill, while the natural gully that forms Cuesta…
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