Granada is divided into eight districts. Each of them looks different, but they all have two common qualities – incredible history and beauty. For tourists the most important are: Albaicín and Centro. During my first stay in Granada (in 2013) I lived in two places: Norte and Beiro. As a tourist (in 2018) in Centro, at this moment I’m in area of Ronda district. I will try to bring each of them closer, but just a little bit.
The most historic part of the city. It’s my favorite place for morning walks. In the morning beautifully illuminated empty streets, and then in the evening filled with thousands of tourists. Going to the observation points, you can pass a few local shops that exude positive energy of sellers. At Mirador de Miguel you’ll meet tourists, street sellers and life-giving local people. It’s them who’s giving essentiality to this place by playing live music.
The most important commercial part of the city, where most would like to live. Me too. The most important commercial part of the city, where most would like to live. Gran Vía street is located in here – the reason of the name of my website. Everything is in the center. Cathedral, Royal Chapel – where there are remains of not only Catholic monarchs, Town Hall, Bib Rambla, Plaza de las Pasiegas and many other places. From this district it’s very easy to get to any other part of the city. The main meeting point is the Cathedral or Bib-Rambla Square. Centro borders with Albaicín and Beiro.
I lived in this district during my Erasmus time. I lived very close to Plaza Toros and never complained that at night I would have to walk back around 20 minutes. In Beiro we find the best and biggest tapas in the city. In the neighborhood you can find Chinese shops, mercadona shops, as well as small parks between buildings, where life always goes on. It was very nice to see the city from the balconies of this place. Beiro is bordered by Norte, Chana, Ronda and Albaicín.
A district where you can not get bored. The most populated part of the city where you will find parks – perfect for walking at any time of the day. Ronda is close to the center, so there’s no need to take a bus. Well, you can get to Albaicín very quickly!
Due to the intense life, La Chana is famous district for it’s very good tapas bars. Here also are located beautiful parks, the Faculty of Fine Arts (I had the opportunity to attend) and College of Technology of Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. There are a lot of palm trees here! Watch out for exhibitionists hidden in parks.
A forgotten part of the districts of Granada, where you can find open sports parks, parks, the Genil river and a road leading to forests or other hill areas. From there you can see amazing views of the city! I especially recommend that to people who want to spend the whole day visiting and searching for the hidden graffiti of my favorite artist from Granada El Niño de las Pinturas 🙂
Norte is a district in the northern part of the city. Here you can find very beautiful views of the entire city, hidden and abandoned places, as well as many people who practice Flamenco or other individuals practicing going on the rope without using their hands. I recommend seeing Cartuja. I honestly advise against walking in this area by yourself, alone, there are a lot of thieves.
Honestly? I haven’t able to visit this district of the city yet. Because as I mentioned – it’s the least populated part of Granada. Nevertheless, Zaidin offers many buildings and places to visit, such as: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Feria de Muestras de Armilla, Fermas, Parque Cruz de Lagos and a very interesting building designed by Alberto Campo Beaza – Centro Cultural Memoria de Andalucía.