Carrera del Darro

Carrera del Darro, Granada: Address, Carrera del Darro Reviews: 4.5/5

Carrera del Darro
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Karen A
Mojacar Playa, Spain9 contributions
Worth a wonder
Oct 2021
A lovely walk with views of the Alhambra above. Lots of little bars for a coffee stop and plenty of souvenir shops, but definitely worth a walk and a browse.
Written October 4, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
"Esperando La Del Cielo" - Waiting for Heaven
Feb 2020
This is a very scenic, flat walk following the 17th century road along the bank of the Darro river. Most of the way, Alhambra looms above you from the hillside behind the river. From the 16th century on, all of Granada’s nobility made their homes in this area so it’s very picturesque. You see old Renaissance homes, churches, ancient bridges and ruins alongside small bars and cafes. Part of the walk includes the Paseo de los Tristes (Passage of Tears) which was the old funeral processional route from the church to the graveyard.

There are a number of points of interest
i) ancient bridges, Puente de Cabrera & Puente de Espinosa, built after the 1492 conquest
ii) the Banuelo - public baths, dating from the 11th century
iii) the Mudejar churches of San Ana (1501) and San Pedro (1567)
iv) the House of Castril balcony – an ornate Renaissance house built in 1539. Today it’s the Archaeology museum so it’s easy to spot. The best bit about it is the inscription, "Esperando La Del Cielo" (Waiting for Heaven), above the corner balcony and the story attached to it. The owner, a wealthy nobleman called Zafra, was both paranoid and obsessive about keeping his beautiful daughter, Elvira away from the attentions of the local boys. Despite this, she caught the eye of a boy who wooed her via messages which a sympathetic servant agreed to deliver. Unluckily, the father intercepted a message and leapt to the conclusion that it was the servant who had written the love letters. Zafra (who appears to have been bordering on psychopathic), ordered the death of the servant and in a macabre twist to the story, had him hanged from his daughter’s balcony. The servant tried to protest his innocence but Zafra simply replied, “You can hang there waiting for justice from Heaven as long as you like”. He then promptly sealed in the balcony walls, shutting his daughter off from the world. Locked away in her room, she took poison and killed herself. There are a several variations of the story around the same theme.
v) Plaza del Padre Manjon – this is the end of the walk and was named after the priest who founded a school here for the poor children of Sacramonte. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the open space was used for bullfighting. You get a beautiful view of the Alhambra up on the hill from this point. From here we continued up hill to Sacramonte to explore the cave houses.  

NOTE: One word of warning, although everyone wanders along the middle of the cobbled street, it is still a road and taxis and small buses come along quite often. As it’s quite narrow, you have to keep an eye out and be prepared to hop out of the way pretty quickly.
Written January 17, 2021
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy5,057 contributions
Great place to walk
Aug 2020
Pleasant alley full of shops, bars & restaurants which follows a river for a good chunk and leads up from the centre to the areas of Sacromonte and Albayczin. Great place for a stroll.
Written September 6, 2020
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MeMbro
Aberdeen, UK713 contributions
Beautiful walk
Sep 2019 • Solo
After our evening walking tour of Sacromonte and Albayczin we took a stroll on this beautiful alley to get back to the town centre. The atmosphere, the lights, everything is very charming and romantic. Lots or tradituonal shops and surprisingly cheap eatieres where to stop at.
Written May 20, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,292 contributions
Leisurely walk
May 2019
We love walking around the streets and it was lovely walking around this area too. It was nice just looking at the interesting buildings, the surroundings, the shops and people. At the time of our walk there were quite a few visitors doing exactly the same thing. If you wish you can also take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at one of the eateries on the way.
Written April 30, 2020
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Richard M C
Naples, ME26 contributions
Great walk along the river
Mar 2020
This is a great spot to walk to and through. There are a couple of good Tapas places just across the little bridges over the river, nice river walk.
Written April 22, 2020
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Johnlobster
Morpeth, UK2,521 contributions
Perfect
Sep 2019
An ideal place to visit and stroll along. Plenty of shops to browse and also numerous cafes and bars. Once again excellent views of the palace.
Written February 8, 2020
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DR. KEN
Makati, Philippines62 contributions
Christmas Day Walk
Dec 2019
From the Plaza Nueva you can either walk, take a taxi, or take a minibus up. We walked like most others. The street is very narrow so beware.
Written January 10, 2020
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Davidgoodkarma
McAllen, TX341 contributions
Magical city center
Nov 2019 • Solo
Beautiful walkable town center where you can stroll along and enjoy the magical vibe of this historic town. With a beautiful view of the Alhambra above on the hill and the well preserved architecture of the past surrounding you, this road transports you to a magical time of the past. Great restaurants with outdoor seating the area is just perfect for taking in the sights. Very safe yet can get busy w cars trying to make their way thru the crowds, I’ve heard the road will soon be pedestrian only so should be better. Still most pleasant area to see in historic Granada.
Written January 6, 2020
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Malcolm McD
Glasgow, UK395 contributions
Old Granada
Dec 2019
Take a stroll along this street right by the river. View all the artisan shops and you will soon reach a lovely area with cafes and magnificent views of the Alhambra on the hill above
Written January 6, 2020
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