The devil has wrapped its arms around the world and all of us – to differing degrees of severity – are in lockdown. So, let us take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of… Granada.
Apart from the rustle of leaves in orange trees, the birdsong, and the odd passing Guardia Civil vehicle, the city has fallen silent over recent weeks. No mopeds or people yelling at each other from one metre away; or buskers on Gran Vía collecting euros before being moved on. There are no tour groups to be seen, staring at the cathedral’s facade – or children with churros playing in Plaza de Bib-Rambla. It’s still largely a ghost city with its air becoming purer by the day.
It’s strange seeing the city like this; daylight hours of emptiness and peace, but it seems even more beautiful for it.
If you’ve ever visited Granada you can re-live the experience again without having to hop out of the way of a C31 bus as it hurtles up a narrow street in the Albaicin.
Here are three videos (made by others but available to share) with our annotations of locations in the first two (only where we recognise them). The third video, also published durante el confinamiento and shot from a helicopter, has landmarks. The videos collectively last just 5 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to attend to your sourdough bread or make a video of family members covering some awful song.
Locations: 0:00 Centro Federico Garcia Lorca 0:05 Cathedral from Plaza de las Pasiegas 0:09 Plaza de Bib-Rambla 0:15 Calle Reyes Católicos 0:17 Calle Ángel Ganivet 0:20 Royal Chapel 0:28 Plaza Nueva > 0:31 Carrera del Darro > 0:43 Calle Chirimías 0:45 Calle Calderería Nueva 0:48 Calle Mirador de San Nicolás > 0:57 Alhambra entrance 1:03 Alhambra, Puerta de la Justicia >
Locations: 0:03 Camino de Ronda 0:12 Calle Recogidas 0:20 Calle Acera del Darro 0:26 Calle Reyes Católicos 0:44 Plaza de Bib-Rambla 0:50 Calle Zacatín 0:55 Calle Gran Vía de Colón 1:00 Plaza Isabel La Catolica 1:06 Carrera del Darro >
Obvious landmarks: 0:16 Plaza de Toros (bullring) 0:30 Jardines Del Triunfo 0:42 Calle Gran Vía de Colón 0:47 Cathedral 0:56 Hospital Universitario Clínico San Cecilio 1:07 Parque de las Ciencias 1:22 Parroquia de San José de Calasanz / Río Genil 1:32 Calle Acera del Darro (left) 1:40 Calle Recogidas / Iglesia de San Antón 1:46 Plaza Nueva 1:54 Alhambra
Manuel de Falla – his house in Granada
El hospital de San Juan de Dios – Granada
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Glad to hear from you again. Hope that you and yours are doing OK. We are still living in hope that we can make our annual trip to Orgiva on 8th July, not sure what to expect when we get there.