Granada is one of the favorite destinies to visit in Spain and every year it leads the lists of most visited cities for numerous reasons. Its light, people, gastronomy and most of all those charming corners that you find while walking through the city. However, this hundreds of corners filled with history and charm are unknown for many tourist and even some locals. Let’s find out some of them.
Carmen de los Mártires
Despite sharing the same hill as a certain red fort and being a popular civil wedding venue, visitors to the Carmen de los Martires tend to be fairly few and far between. Peacocks roam the (slightly ramshackle) gardens, while there are grottoes, a boating lake and a striking 19th century mansion to poke around. With plenty of shady areas and lovely views across the city and on to the shimmering vega beyond, it’s also an ideal spot for a picnic. Free entry.
Monasterio de San Jerónimo
From the moment you cross the threshold of the Monasterio de San Jeronimo (built in the early 16th century by the Catholic Kings) and stroll around its large cloistered courtyard you’re struck by its rather solemn, forgotten about air. The highlight undoubtedly is the adjoining church: its gilded altarpiece and a central nave covered in faded, sepia frescoes lean inwards, creating the effect of having stumbled into a forest clearing in autumn.
Cuesta de los Chinos
Snaking alongside the Alhambra’s intriguing outer fortifications and babbling waterways, you rarely have to share the Cuesta de los Chinos with anyone other than the odd dog-walker or strolling couple. At the last bend (before the path dips down onto the Paseo de los Tristes), you get a glorious view of the Albaicin on a good day, a dazzling white smudge in the sunlight, its green cypresses reaching upwards towards the brightest of blue skies.
Carmen de la Victoria
It seems bizarre that a restaurant with one of the finest views of the Alhambra and a garden echoing with the sound of water features should be so rarely visited. If it has the air of an off-limits private members’ club, that’s because it is. Sort of. It belongs to the University of Granada, and if you manage to secure a (very decent) meal on the terrace you’ll most likely be surrounded by academics admiring the view, not quite able to believe their luck.
Granada Secreta y Subterránea
A series of guided tours led by artists and writers that explore several hidden aspects of the city. One takes you behind the (otherwise closed) doors of the carmenes of the Albaicin; another includes a tour of the city’s disused gold mines. The most popular however, delves into the secrets of the passage-riddled ground around the Alhambra and the Fundación Rodriguez-Acosta. And for such an ancient city, secrets there are obviously plenty.
Now, don’t let time to go to waste and start exploring this beautiful gems of the Nasrid city.