Granada

The cobbled streets of Granada: mosaic of pebbles

The cobbled streets of Granada: mosaic of pebbles

If you visit Granada you will certainly walk on the typical cobbled streets with different mosaic of pebbles, above all in the neighbourhood of the Albayzin, but you can find them as well in the Alhambra, and in other parts of the historical centre of Granada. Most of the mosaic designs on the streets represent only geometric or vegetable forms. Do you know why? A bit of history The first culture to use stone pavements was the Aegean culture (Neolithic Period…
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Mozarab Way to Santiago de Compostela (St James)

Mozarab Way to Santiago de Compostela (St James)

Pilgrims traditionally started their journey to Santiago de Compostela from their own home, so different Caminos (Ways) emerged over the years. Probably one of the most ancient Pilgrim’s Ways in Spain is this one: The Mozarab Way. Christians who were living in the Muslim territory of Al-Andalus were called Mozarabs. Some of them risked their lives to travel to Santiago, on the immense distance that separated the South to the remains of the Apostle. They not only had to cross…
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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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