We have shown some indoubtedly important reference points.
In fact, these are the ones most normally found on a sightseeing
tour, however Granada also has other magical places to get
away from it all. One can lose oneself, for example, in
the paseo de los Tristes, cross the bridge in the direction
of the Rey Chico and from there, walk up to the fuente del
Avellano through a type of glaced Arcadia. There is surely
no other stroll in the world so shaded, leafy and, as the
sun brushes the trees, so redolent of green.
From this part of the river one can also climb up to the Alhambra via
its natural and most ancient access point, the puerta de Armas. Although
continuing your walk up the cuesta de los Chinos will not disappoint,
leading as it does to a place without equal outside Granada, la Mimbre.
Beyond the city of Granada itself, a visit to nearby Fuentevaqueros is
worthwhile, here you can visit Lorca's birthplace and get to know the
magical countryside of the vega (Granada's plain): the poplars recalling
verses from fortgotten poems or the disquieting architecture of the tobacco
drying sheds. Once more in the city of Granada, fans of Lorca will want
to visit the huerta de San Vicente (his Granada home) as well as Víznar,
complete with the famous ravine where the poet met his death, nearby is
Aynadamar, a spring which seems to shed tears of pearl.
From the very centre of the city, stroll down to the carrera de la Virgen
de las Angustias, Granada's undisputed patron saint, before reaching the
boulevards of the Salón and la Bomba which, following the river
Genil, lead to the start of the road to the mountains and the puente Verde.
Having crossed the river in the other direction, the Violón boulevard
maintains a paradoxical vision of an old public washing place sitting
opposite the ultra-modern palacio de Congresos. A few away and almost
lost within the modern buildings which sourround it, one finds the hermita
de San Sebastián, an ancient Muslim monastery and the Arab palace
of Alcázar Genil.
What effort it takes for the light to leave Granada!
It weaves between the cypresses of conceals itself under water.
Federico García Lorca
Granada trekking routes