*Foto: Pepe Marín
When I was 15, I joined Antonio’s ballet company, a Spanish flamenco dancer, during summer in August. I was in Plaza Nueva before going to the Generalife gardens while eating an ice cream, a marvellous ice cream made in Los Italianos in Gran Vía, when I said to myself: “One day I will have a house in this wonderful district: the Albayzín.”
The years passed by, but I always thought that my place was right there. Moreover, my dear friend and soulmate was from the Albayzín so we didn’t think twice, and during one of our trips to Granada we made the decision.
Now that we have more time for us, our idea is to spend more time in our house of the Albayzín.
Every time we spend some days there, the time stops, it is like a dream come true. Walking through its streets is fascinating, with our 4 dogs, three beautiful greyhounds and a westie. The dogs follow us along the hill through the path called Camino de la Fuente del Avellano or through the street called Cuesta de los Chinos. These are the most beautiful walks: we enjoy the Sacromonte’s caves, we caress the walls of the Alhambra or we pant while climbing the hill called Cuesta del Chapiz.
Climbing uphill from the lowest part of the Albayzín to the Mirador de San Nicolás, one of the most known viewpoints in Granada, is a great challenge and at the same time a fantastic experience. Especially because of the sunsets and the sunrises that make you dream and escape from reality. Those are the places that inspired me to create, as a choreographer, Arrayan d’Araxa (The walk of the Sultana). It is considered a masterpiece of Spanish contemporary dance, which was released at the closing ceremony of the Seville Expo in 1992.
Our house is surrounded by convents and churches, some examples of which are: the Iglesia de San Miguel Bajo, with a Mudejar wooden ceiling framework and a Moresque cistern from the 13th century; the Iglesia de El Salvador in Cuesta del Chapiz, the Iglesia de San Gregorio in Cuesta de San Gregorio, the Iglesia de los Reyes whose bell tower is a minaret from the 13th century, I listen to these bells ringing delightfully every day. Furthermore, there are the Iglesia de Santa Ana in the beginning of Carrera del Darro, the Iglesia de San Pedro and San Pablo also in Carrera del Darro and finally the Iglesia de San Miguel Alto, another church. Moreover, there are two important noble houses: the Casa de Porras in Placeta de Porras , and the Casa de Zafra built in the XIV century. So many places full of history and mystery make the Albayzín a never-ending undiscovered district.
Those who don’t know the Albayzín are missing out on one of the most enigmatic and beautiful districts of the world.
We invite you to discover and enjoy this unique place, with the same calm and tranquillity that you will find in the district.
Víctor and Eduardo