We have returned with our tours to Granada. We have not traveled to the Nasrid capital for a long time and we have returned last week. There, we were surprised by the autumn that has covered the Alhambra forest and the entire city with browns and yellows.
In our tour as usual, we toured the Alhambra forest after visiting it to reach the Darro river race and then climb the Albayzin to say goodbye to the city from the viewpoints of San Nicolás and San Cristobal.
The Alhambra forest is a beautiful autumn itinerary. It is full of deciduous trees. Poplars, horse chestnuts, elderberries and other species create a beautiful blanket of dried leaves at this time. The majority of the grove of this forest is centuries-old and even inhabited some longer-lived specimens, specifically a group of poplars dating from the early Christian era, the time of the conquest, being almost 500 years old. In the Alhambra forest there is the statue to Washington Irving. Made in bronze shows us a Washington Irving that reflects astonishment and expectation before the beauty of the Alhambra. Irving was one of the first romantic travelers of the nineteenth century who was amazed by the beauty of the palatine city and Granada. He worked as a journalist and wrote numerous works among them Tales of the Alhambra, considered one of his most important works being translated into many languages. In this work the writer collects stories and legends of the monument that are transmitted to him by characters from the Alhambra that he met while staying in one of the rooms of the enclosure. Here you have a link to a video where you can listen to an audiobook of the work.
We continue our tour leaving the Alhambra forest along the Cuesta de Gomerez and we reach the Darro mall that has also dressed a special color in autumn. The Carrera del Darro, is one of the oldest streets in Granada, it was the main street in the Arab era and its name is because it runs through the Darro River, one of the rivers of the city of Granada. This river was very important in the life of Muslim Granada as it was the water supplier of the Alhambra and the Generalife through a network of aqueducts called “acequia real”. Through the Darro Mall we reach the Paseo de los Tristes from where we can contemplate the imposing figure of the Alhambra at the top of the forests that surround it.
On the Paseo de los Tristes is the monument to Mario Maya. The sculpture of Mario Maya is a tribute from the city of Granada to a great unrepeatable artist. It is very close to Sacromonte, where he was born and developed as an artist. Born in Córdoba in 1937 and died in Seville in 2008, he was a renowned dancer in addition to choreographer and composer and great renovator of flamenco dance. He began his career dancing for tourists in the caves of Sacromonte where he spent his childhood.
After touring the Paseo de los Tristes, we get on the Albayzin to finish our tour and contemplate the beautiful views of Granada from the viewpoints of San Nicolás and San Cristobal before returning to Seville.