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I will never get tired of visting it

It is one of the best walks I’ve ever taken and I will never tire of it. A small cobbled street beside a river (almost dry), with typical ducks and cats, with unmistakable marks that reveal the age of this special place.
Jaime González Redondo
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The heart of historical granada

The first time I went to the Paseo de los Tristes I didn't even know that was the name, I was just going to Sacromonte. I didn't even notice this avenue with so much romanticism since my eyes were fixed solely in the direction of my objective. Then I decided to go there. Sometimes to go to Sacromonte, sometimes to Albaicín. Until I realized I wasn't going because it was on my way somewhere, but because I just wanted to walk there.

The Alhambra is the most visited spot in Granada but this walk has something special, it is the heart of historical Granada. On one side the neighbourhood of Albaicín, the origin of the city. On the other side the slope of the Alhambra, pure wooded forest. Half way between both extremes of the Darro river, and next to it the Paseo de los Tristes, open space on the outskirts of the medieval city where the souk and cultural and leisure are celebrated.

Is at the centre of Granada, a unique and unexpected spot for its natural beauty. Although its name evokes memories of the years that it was the necessary path to the cemetery, the point at which the funeral procession passed.

Place yourself in the city centre and take the road north, up, ignoring the rise of the Alhambra to follow the course of the river. First you pass through a narrow street, the Carrera del Darro.

The walk starts at the Church of Santa Ana, Moorish and Muslim in origin. Opposite, the Archaeological Museum. Between the two they form a narrow entrance through which you have to move with caution. Following that is an entrance to a broad alameda with several terraces and great views.
What is enjoyed nowadays is the result of the urban development measures of 1609 which paved the old tour ground. The place was turned into the favourite festive spot of the Court. A wooden stage was built, partly covering the river and in front of it, on the other bank of the river, the Casa Cuadrada (Square house). It is striking for its curious decoration, out of place on a site with such Moorish flavour. It is a small house with two floors, on the upper, music bands would play while the aristocracy would enjoy the show on the lower floor.

A little before this typical place the Pipers’ bridge can be found. It is a place where people take pictures a lot although it is not Arab but a rebuilding from the 19th century. Crossing it leads to various art shops where you can admire and purchase high quality handmade products.

If you follow the walkway you get to the remains of an Arch, which was possibly the old entrance. On a side street that climbs to the top of the Albaicin is where one finds the viewpoint that was made famous by an American president who came to admire an exceptional sunrise.

At the end of the alameda is a monument to father Manjón, founder of a school for the poor children of Sacromonte. Behind, the other footbridge, that of Aljibillo, gives way to an ascent to the Generalife. It is the other walk, the one for couples, the poets, a path which ends at the Fuente del Avellano (Hazel fountains), between ancient trees.

The Path ends in Cuesta de los Muertos (Hill of the dead), the access street to Albaicín for cars. If you want to stay you can go up to old Granada, now a restored neighbourhood with huge sensibility and an impressive medieval touch. A spot to have tapas, enjoy art and beauty, in front of the Nasrid palaces.
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