The Centro

So it’s been another sunny, sunny day in Granada.

We started the day by heading into the lively, old Jewish quarter of Barrio Realejo to take a look at the colourful murals by El Niño de las Pinturas, and other graffiti artists.

Mural by El Niño de las Pinturas

We then strolled towards the Centro area and the Cathedral of Granada. It was wonderful to see how many artisan shops still exist with guitar and violin repairers, greengrocers, as well as cheese and charcuterie – a veritable collection of butchers, bakers and pie makers 🙂

Does your violin need attention ? – just pop in to the local luither
No problem in getting your 5-a-day here

It was great to see so many small shopkeepers instead of a Tesco Metro on every corner.

Arriving in the Cathedral area we stopped for a quick drink and tapa – a delicious small plate of potato, onion and grilled peppers – before heading to the 19th-century Jardín Botánico which forms a shady, city-centre oasis just next to Plaza de la Universidad. Among the plants grown here are wild species native to the Sierra Nevada, various herbs and 70 different large tree specimens.

Walking through the Botanical garden
Iris Study
Once again surrounded by the wonderful smell of orange trees

We then headed over to the Cathedral of Granada passing musicians and entertainers on the way.

Performer trying to stay in the shade

The Cathedral of Granada is a truly wonderful place to visit. It was built on the site of Granada’s former mosque between 1523 and 1704. The most emblematic space of the Cathedral, the Main Chapel, is home to the altar, where the Eucharist is celebrated. It’s not in vain that it’s considered the Grand Monstrance of Granada.

Approaching the main chapel

The main chapel is framed by a main arch that marks the space between the central nave and the circular interior environment. It is a representative feature of the Cathedral. Inside there is a baroque iconographic layout that Alonso Cano designed based on the primitive Renaissance design by Diego de Siloé. Like the entire cathedral, the main chapel is a synthesis of devotion to the Virgin Mary.

Looking up at the central area of the main chapel

The central area tells the most relevant stories of the life of the Virgin Mary, known by the popular piety as “the seven joys of Mary.” It is a collection of canvases acclaimed as the best series of the life of the Virgin in the Spanish Baroque period.

We then spent a while wandering around the cathedral looking at the many altars and areas of worship using an excellent audio guide. It would be fair to say that we have never been in a cathedral with so much gold !

Then after all that walking it was time for a drink. And of course whilst in Spain we had to check out the local cava, which turned out to be perfect on such a hot day 🙂

Well, when in Spain…guess which one is Odie’s?

We then decided to grab a late lunch/early dinner so we could head back up to the gardens of the Mezquita Mayor de Granada to try to catch the sunset over the Alhambra. As there wasn’t a cloud in the sky Odie didn’t hold out much hope – but it was still a lovely walk up and back down after which treated ourselves to an ice cream before calling it a day 😀

The sky refusing to play ball at sunset