Hello! Here Ildefonso, the guide of Seville Moving Tours. Today we have carried out our tour of Granada entering the neighborhood of Albayzin on its northern side making the way between two of its most famous viewpoints, San Cristobal and San Nicolás.
From the Mirador de San Cristobal we could admire the views over the neighborhood and the zirí wall of old Granada, the oldest walls of the city that surrounded the original settlement of Granada before the construction of the palatine city of the Alhambra
After enjoying these views, we take Calle Pagés to enter inside the labyrinth of streets of the Albayzín. Pagés Street takes us to Agua del Albayzin Street, a street that shows off its name, for its joy, its freshness and dynamism, as it is full of shops, bars and popular shops. Here you can feel the Albayzín, its neighbors, its people who live in this place that has another life apart from tourism. We breathe people, far from the crowds of the Alhambra and the lower streets of the neighborhood, in this area we make a trip to rural Andalusia, within the city itself. The pace slows down and we enjoy it.
Among the shops that call our attention we find the Albayzin butcher shop where, in addition to quality meat and Grenadian cheeses, we can buy organic honey from the Alpujarra, the mountains near Granada. A trade of those of all the life. Following down the street, it is worth entering our body in the Ecotienda, run by Sergio, a store of organic products from Granada, as indicated by an artisan sign placed on top of his door. Here we can buy rich victuals, vegetables, fruits and organic nuts from the Vega de Granada, the fertile lands that surround the city, that can serve as a temperte for our route through the city. We can make a stop at Llevaté Café, a tiny bar with a breakfast menu and very original fruit juices. Sitting in his pewters attached to the wall of lime, we can forget about the weather and enjoy the passage of neighborhood neighbors, up and down the street, their conversations to enter and leave the shops with the “mandaos” in their hands .
After enjoying these views, we take Calle Pagés to enter the labyrinth of streets of the Albayzín. Pagés Street takes us to Agua del Albayzin Street, a street that shows off its name, for its joy, its freshness and dynamism, as it is full of shops, bars and popular shops. Here you can feel the Albayzín, its neighbors, its people who live in this place that has another life apart from tourism. We breathe people, far from the crowds of the Alhambra and the lower streets of the neighborhood, in this area we make a trip to rural Andalusia, within the city itself. The pace slows down and we enjoy it.
The Agua del Albayzin street takes us to the Plaza Larga del Albayzin, which has its origins in the 14th century. This is one of the busiest centers of the Albaicín and, in it, outdoor markets are held. Very popular and visited is the Cross that is placed in the middle of the square on the Day of the Crosses in Granada. Here is the Casa Pasteles pastry shop, an ideal place to taste the delicious sweets from Granada, among them the pionono, the most famous and demanded of the province of Granada, the Santa Fe pionono, created in 1854 by Ceferino Isla, very devoted to the Virgin, to pay tribute to Pope Pius IX who had proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In this context Ceferino matures his idea of ”creating” a new cake that not only bears the name of the Pope (hence the name of pionono®), but also the cake recalls the papal figure: cylindrical and somewhat plump appearance (sponge cake moistened rolled on itself), coated like the Pope with a white balandrán (paper basket inside which the moistened sponge cake is deposited), and top of cream and toasted sugar superimposed on the biscuit cylinder, which wants to symbolize the skullcap with which the Pope covers his crown.
Searching for our destination, the viewpoint of San Nicolás we continue our way through the Puerta de las Pesas. One of the most outstanding aspects of this door is that it is believed that it was one of the first doors in the corner of Hispano-Muslim architecture. The name “of the weights”, is because in it, since the end of the sixteenth century, the trick-or-treating weights were confiscated from the merchants of the commercial establishments located in the vicinity of the Plaza Larga. The door was part of the zirí wall. The arch of the door is built with stone from La Malahá and the tower built with hard mud mortar. It is of the Almoravid style and dates from the 11th century.
After passing the Puerta de las Pesas where there is always a musician who delights us with his instrument, we turn left into the Callejón de San Cecilio and after passing the school and the municipal library we arrive at our destination, the famous Mirador de San Nicolás. we enjoy the most famous views of Granada, the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada. This place is magical, a square full of artisans who sell their works of art and where the most popular flamenco in Granada sounds. In the square is the Church of San Nicolás, from 1525 with a marked Mudejar influence and the cistern of San Nicolás from the 16th century, with fresh and potable water with which we can fill our canteens. A phrase expressed by one of our tourists explains the atmosphere that is lived in this space: “Here the world is infected with flamenco”. And so much that it was contagious, so that you can check it we leave you a video that well illustrates it. A picture is worth a thousand words. ! Enjoy it and until our next article!
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