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GRANADA
“Having experienced those amazing sunsets, having walked along the lanes and the streets of the downtown… you realize that Granada is not only a beautiful city, but also an unforgettable one"
Michelin Green Guides, Andalusia.

A stroll through Granada, from Alhambra to Albaicín
 
If you travel to Granada to visit the Alhambra we run the risk of leaving the city without even having entered. The most exciting way to enter Granada is lost through the streets, alleys and corners of the Albaicin, the old Arab quarter, which still retains its characteristic labyrinthine. The Andalusian capital is located west of Sierra Nevada, sitting on a pile of hills that offer magnificent viewpoints. The old Arab quarter of Albaicín occupies one of these hills, in front of the Alhambra. It should rise to it through the Carrera del Darro, a street lined with historic facades which reaches its climax with the dim lighting of the evening. Once in the Paseo de los Tristes which owes its name to the ancient processions on their way to the cemetery, visitors can regain strength in any of the outside bars that populate this avenue garden. The tour ends here Albaicín with a view of the Alhambra at night the light bulbs, creating a ghostly impression. Granada is a city that begs to be paraded, and there are two routes that are very interesting: an urban corridor that runs from the beginning of the Paseo del Salon recovered until the end of the boulevard of the Avenue of the Constitution, a second route, most historically important , runs along the side of the Cathedral, one of the highest in the country, "goes by the avant-garde Art Centre José Guerrero and ends at Alcaicería, the old commercial district of Granada Nazari. After visiting the city on foot is to make the pilgrimage to the Alhambra and enjoy the exhibition as monumental as its multiple views of the city


INFORMATION: www.granadamap.com,www.granadatur.com,

Places to Visit:

The Alhambra: Heritage-UNESCO-  www.alhambra-patronato.es 
The number of daily visitors to the Alhambra is restricted so you should buy tickets in advance through www.alhambradegranada.org  ; well, thus avoiding queues. Although from the center of the city buses that stop in front of the ticket, worth a walk up the Cuesta de Gomérez. The Alhambra has gardens open access and time, and others in which required payment of an entry: the palaces of the Sultans Nazari, recreation hall and gardens of the Generalife, and the Palacio de Carlos V, which houses the Museum of the Alhambra and the Fine Arts.

HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION:
The Alhambra was so called because of its reddish walls (in Arabic, («qa'lat al-Hamra'» means Red Castle). It is located on top of the hill al-Sabika, on the left bank of the river Darro, to the west of the city of Granada and in front of the neighbourhoods of the Albaicin and of the Alcazaba

The Alhambra is located on a strategic point, with a view over the whole city and the meadow (la Vega), and this fact leads to believe that other buildings were already on that site before the Muslims arrived. The complex is surrounded by ramparts and has an irregular shape. It limits with the valley of the river Darro on its northern side, with the valley of al-Sabika on its southern side and with the street Cuesta del Rey Chico on the eastern side. The Cuesta del Rey Chico is also the border between the neighbourhood of the Albaicin and the gardens of the Generalife, located on top of the Hill of the Sun (Cerro del Sol). 

The first historical documents known about the Alhambra date from the 9th century and they refer to Sawwar ben Hamdun who, in the year 889, had to seek refuge in the Alcazaba, a fortress, and had to repair it due to the civil fights that were destroying the Caliphate of Cordoba, to which Granada then belonged. This site subsequently started to be extended and populated, although not yet as much as it would be later on, because the Ziri kings established their residence on the hill of the Albaicin. 

The castle of the Alhambra was added to the city's area within the ramparts in the 9th century, which implied that the castle became a military fortress with a view over the whole city. In spite of this, it was not until the arrival of the first king of the Nasrid dynasty, Mohammed ben Al-Hamar (Mohammed I, 1238-1273), in the 13th century, that the royal residence was established in the Alhambra. This event marked the beginning of the Alhambra's most glorious period. 

First of all, the old part of the Alcazaba was reinforced and the Watch Tower (Torre de la Vela) and the Keep (Torre del Homenaje) were built. Water was canalised from the river Darro, warehouses and deposits were built and the palace and the ramparts were started. These two elements were carried on by Mohammed II (1273-1302) and Mohammed III (1302-1309), who apparently also built public baths and the Mosque (Mezquita), on the site of which the current Church of Saint Mary was later built. 

Yusuf I
(1333-1353) and Mohammed V (1353-1391) are responsible for most of the constructions of the Alhambra that we can still admire today. From the improvements of the Alcazaba and the palaces, to the Patio of the Lions (Patio de los Leones) and its annexed rooms, including the extension of the area within the ramparts, the Justice Gate (Puerta de la Justicia), the extension and decoration of the towers, the building of the Baths (Baños), the Comares Room (Cuarto de Comares) and the Hall of the Boat (Sala de la Barca). Hardly anything remains from what the later Nasrid Kings did. 

From the time of the Catholic Monarchs until today we must underline that Charles V ordered the demolition of a part of the complex in order to build the palace which bears his name. We must also remember the construction of the Emperor's Chambers (habitaciones del Emperador) and the Queen's Dressing Room (Peinador de la Reina) and that from the 18th century the Alhambra was abandoned. During the French domination part of the fortress was blown up and it was not until the 19th century that the process of repairing, restoring and preserving the complex started and is still maintained nowadays.

The Barrio del Albaicín
The most beautiful views of the Alhambra are obtained from the old Arab quarter of Granada, stands the panorama offered by the Mirador de San Nicolas. The Albaicín meets several churches such as Santa Ana, Moorish style, typical houses or cármenes, with orchard and garden, Moorish palaces such as Dar Al Horrocks. Special mention must Bañuelo, a vestige of the Arab baths of the eleventh century, which inspired the opening of several such establishments in the area; (www.albaicin-granada.com).

Carrera del Darro
Some say that is one of the most romantic and beautiful walks in the world, and not wrong. Carrera del Darro and the Paseo de los Tristes allow the traveler to relax sitting in one of the terraces or walls along the river and enjoy magnificent views of the Alhambra.
We begin this unique ride Plaza Nueva. The first thing we encounter is the Church of St. Ann parish Above this elegant tower overlooking the sailing. And as you walk in the Carrera del Darro have-on the opposite bank of the river "You step on the street that just walk a few meters to put before the house of Pisces, which houses the museum of San Juan de Dios, who died in one of their rooms. At this point the incessant dripping with memories of Granada shops and buildings that blend with the old houses, convents, churches and other monuments that make a nice nod to history.
In Islamic times the area had important buildings and one of them was the Bañuelo, which are the Arab baths. Are among the most ancient and important public preserved Arab baths in Spain and soon we find it in this peculiar and literary ride. Also known as Walnut bath (Hamman to Jawza) or Axares (health or pleasure).
As we walk we see narrow streets overlooking the river in Roman times was called 'River of gold'. Cuesta harvesters, Laundry St. Agnes ... Some of these narrow channels that if we enter them take us to the Albaicin. After passing through the door of Musical Documentation Center of Andalusia reached the House Castril-sixteenth century settled in this area, and great houses the Archaeological Museum of Granada, which deserves a stop.
On the sidewalk opposite the museum found the church of San Pablo and San Pedro and if we go back outside the museum will see a sign that we announce that in the convent of San Bernardo can buy sweets. In addition to San Bernardo in this corner Granada also raised the convent of the Conception.

As we walk this walk cobblestone bridges and see the mountain where the green sprouts and spring advertising.
Here, the monument stands on the right and the jewel is none other than the Alhambra. At the foot of the Moorish palace can be exploited to read a poem by Lorca, Falla, Juan Ramón Jiménez (are just a few examples because there are many more) that speak of this beautiful city and water. "Water was my blood, my life, and I heard the music of my life and blood in the water flowing." In just 300 meters between Plaza Nueva del Rey Chico can find dozens of places, views of great beauty and memories of history that in the rush of everyday life we ??forget to savor. The one call in one day Career Gate is certainly Guadix this magical place, probably the most beautiful street in the world.

The district of Sacromonte
Famous for its hills and caves, is the Roma neighborhood of Granada, as well as the birthplace of flamenco. Several tablaos zambras or parties organized dance and flamenco. The walk around the neighborhood, offering insights into the Alhambra, including a visit to the Abbey of Sacromonte (www.sacromontegranada.com).

Cathedral and Capilla Real
The historic center of Granada is situated around the Cathedral. The temple has attached the Royal Chapel where the remains of the Catholic Monarchs and their daughter Jane. Behind the cathedral stands the Palace of the Madrassa, a former Arab university, which now houses municipal offices. Across the street from the Catholic Monarchs is the Corral del Carbon, a relic of the Moorish period, which is still used as a theater or comedy theater.

Corral del Carbon
It was a repository of merchants and goods is the oldest monument in Granada Arabic

Monasterio de La Cartuja
It is famous for its sacristy, pure fruit of the Spanish Baroque

Learn More:
Andalusian Heritage Tours: www.legadoandalusi.es
City Tours: Arab Baths: www.granada.hammamspain.com.
Jazz in Granada; www.jazzgranada.es

 
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1A. From Malaga airport take A92 to Granada, 7 miles before arriving to Granada, exit Santa Fe-Granada towards Granada-Sierra Nevada beltway.

1B. From Granada airport take the BELTWAY.
2. From the beltway take EXIT NBR 132: Ronda Sur - Alhambra – Sierra Nevada.
3. At Ronda Sur, take the EXIT NBR 2: Monachil, A4028 road, which continues on GR3202.

4. Follow the signs to MONACHIL CASCO ANTIGUO (town), GR3202 road, you will pass by a residential area (Barrio de Monachil), pay attention and don't leave the road, there is a sharp curve to the left that leads to confusion, don't go right, that is the Barrio. You will arrive to the town at km 5,200 of this road.
5. Upon arrival to the town, Monachil Casco Antiguo, follow the signs to La Almunia del Valle, you have to go to your right at the end of the town; the river goes to your left. We are less than 1 mile away from the town in CAMINO DE LA UMBRIA. Warning: it’s a narrow mountain road (it’s asphalted, not a dirt road.) At the access there are wooden signs indicating La Almunia del Valle.

GPS COORDINATES: 3º  32'  0004''           WEST - 37º  7'  3386'' NORTH

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