Our Granada city walk starts at the confluence of Rio Darro and Rio Genil and continues through the magnificent Avenue Carrera de la Virgen.
Plaza del Campillo
We quickly recognize one of the heritages that the Moors had left to the Spaniards; The preference for water as a part of the architecture. Everywhere, you can find magnificent fountains and can watch the game of water and light.
The desired side effect in this hot area is the slight cooling through the evaporation of the water.
Particularly the Plaza del Campillo invites to stay a little bit longer. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people use this place to relax. Just behind lies the Realejo district, one of the old quarters of Granada.
Calle Reyes Catolicos
Through the Calle del Darro Acerra we reach the Calle Reyes Catolicos, a major shopping mile in Granada. In the summer months, the relatively narrow street is covered with linen tarpaulins to provide shade.
We have seen this also in other Spanish cities, e.g. in Toledo. Another peculiarity in Granada is the great number of hybrid cars. In the city, they usually drive with electricity. This has an important influence on the air quality in such a busy city. Other countries should immediately take it as an example!
At the Plaza del Carmen you find the tourism board and the city council. We continue our way via the Plaza Isabel la Catolica and the Plaza Nueva.
Worth seeing is the building of the former Supreme Court of Andalusia the Real Chancillería de Granada. This is the place where the Rio Darro disappears to the underground before it flows into the Rio Genil.
The valley of the Darro is very distinctive by its stone bridges and allows a beautiful view of the Alhambra. During a short break for breakfast, we observe some tourists with their Segways.
Mirador San Nicolas
Infected by the convenience, we take a taxi to the Iglesia de San Nicolás.
From the Mirador San Nicolás, a wonderful viewpoint, one has the best view of the Alhambra.
We admire the Alhambra in its entire dimension as well as the original Arabian quarter.
Through the narrow winding streets, we head off back to the valley. The nested houses constantly open up new interesting vistas.
Finally, we reach the touristic part with the souvenir shops and the blaze of color inspires to take a look.
Unfortunately, the cathedral is closed. We continue our way and take a break at the Plaza de Bib-Rambla.
The square dates back to the Moorish period and has seen bullfights, the burning of books, as well as the burning by the inquisition in the course of the time.
Today, the square is also described as the place of the florists because of the many flower stalls.
Via the Calle San Anton, we go back to the Hotel Carmen.
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