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Granada Walking Tour

Save a full day for the Alhambra and the Alhambra hill sights: the Alcazaba, Generalife, Alhambra Museum, Fundación Rodríguez Acosta/Instituto Gomez Moreno, Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla, and Carmen de los Mártires. This walk covers the other major Granada sights.

Begin at Plaza Isabel la Católica (corner of Gran Vía and Calle Reyes Católicos), with its statue of Columbus presenting the Queen with his New World maps. Walk south on Calle Reyes Católicos and turn left into the Corral del Carbón —the oldest building in Granada.

Cross back over Calle Reyes Católicos to the Alcaicería, once the Moorish silk market and now a maze of alleys with souvenir shops and restaurants. Behind it is Plaza Bib-Rambla, with its flower stalls and historic Gran Café Bib-Rambla, famous for hot chocolate and churros. Calle Oficios is also home to the fascinating Centro José Guerrero and leads to Palacio Madraza and the Capilla Real, next to the cathedral.

Off the cathedral's west side is the 16th-century Escuela de las Niñas Nobles, with its plateresque facade. Next to the cathedral, just off Calle Libreros, are the Curia Eclesiástica, an Imperial College until 1769; the Palacio del Arzobispo; and the 18th-century Iglesia del Sagrario. Behind the cathedral is the Gran Vía de Colón. Detour to the Casa de los Tiros (on Calle Pavaneras) before heading to Plaza Isabel la Católica. Follow Reyes Católicos to Plaza Nueva and the ornate 16th-century Real Cancillería (Royal Chancery), now the Tribunal Superior de Justicia (High Court). Just north are Plaza Santa Ana and the church of Santa Ana.

Walk through Plaza Santa Ana to Carrera del Darro—which flanks the river and is lined with shops, hotels, bars, and restaurants—and you come to the 11th-century Arab bathhouse, El Bañuelo, and the 16th-century Casa de Castril, site of Granada's Archaeological Museum.

Follow the river along the Paseo del Padre Manjón (Paseo de los Tristes)—to the Palacio de los Córdoba. Climb Cuesta del Chapíz to the Morisco Casa del Chapíz. To the east are the caves of Sacromonte and the Museo-Cuevas del Sacromonte. Turn west into the streets of the Albayzín, with the Casa de los Pisa and Dar al-Horra nearby. Best reached by taxi are the 16th-century Monasterio de La Cartuja, the interactive science museum Parque de las Ciencias, and Casa-Museo Federico García Lorca.

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