"Give me alms woman, there is nothing worse in life than to be blind in Granada"
To talk of Granada is not easy. Se ha escrito tanto de esta ciudad, de su cielo y paisajes, de sus reyes y gitanos. Much has been written of this city, of its skies and scenery, its Kings and its gypsies. Anyone with imagination and sensitivity cannot resist her enchantment, the temptation to tell of the emotions awoken, –"Hidden water that weeps", "The moon drowning in her ivy", "Roses and myrtle in moonlight".
No city in the world can cast the Granadino spell -¡If I could return to Granada!-, forever inextinguishable. The French writer Andre Gide fifty years after his visit evoked his memory of the city saying –Since then nothing, not even the songs of Egypt, have moved my heart so profoundly. To return to hear her sing I would cross Spain three times-.
The cultural treasure of Granada is not only measured in having the most important Arab palace of all times, but her Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque legacy all awake the admiration that aligns with her natural beauty. All of this changes her into a city that has a poetic atmosphere of captured legends.
Near or far spaniard or muslim no hay ciudad que sin locura there is no city so mad as to deny Granada her beauty.
One of the characteristics of the city is her extremely special contrasts not found anywhere else. The Granadino poet Federico García Lorca says –She shows horrifying contrasts of mysticism and lust, mixing in the air the strumming of the guitars with the sound of monks' voices (…)-.
This "Granadino contrast", is found on the top of the hills and in the heart of the Alhambra; the concentration of contrasting palaces, the refinement and sensuality of the Arab next to the proud and chaste Castellano of Carlos I of Spain, , the palaces cry out "Venus slept while Mars decapitated".
But this East-West confrontation isn´t only defined in her arquitecture, it lives, blurred with more or less force in the Granadinos and their environment. From the plains of her vega you lift your eyes to the Alhambra and the Generalife, and from there to the peaks of her mountains.
Any road will offer you a labyrinth of peaks and deep valleys, small hills like the Sacromonte and the expressive force of the surroundings and her rivers.
The city of Granada has modern communication networks putting it some two hours from Seville and an hour or so from Malaga by car. The A92 connects the east of Andalucia to the west, while the N323 does the same for Madrid to the north and covers the southern half of the Peninsula. Granada´s Federico Garci Lorca airport (GRX) is some 17km from the centre of the city in the Vega del Genil.