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Plaza Nueva

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Plaza Nueva

Despite its name Plaza Nueva (New Square), it is the oldest square in Granada and lies between the modern centre and the  Carrera del Darro. 

Day 1 - Plaza Nueva
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Plaza Nueva in Granada
From Plaza Nueva in Granada, you can walk up to the Alhambra or sit in one of the terraces and Have a beer after visiting Granada's monuments.  

Around the square are several important buildings such as the Royal Chancellery and the House of Pisa, and nearby is the lively Calle Elvira, from where you can reach the Albaycin. 

The Plaza Nueva was formerly one of the most important parts of the city where various tournaments, games and bullfights were held. 

Spread over the Darro River, which now runs underground, it was founded in the Christian era. Once the bridge of al-Hattabin (Bridge of Loggers) on the River Darro joined the Plaza de San Gil with the current Cuchilleros. 

In 1499, the bridge was widened with a brick arch made by the moor Ali de Mediana, but it was not enough to support a great number of people crossing the river, and in August 1506 the formation of the square was authorized. 

The Plaza Nueva was initially laid out as far as the slope of the Gomerez, but it was later extended to the modern Plaza of Santa Ana, completed in 1515 by the mason Miguel Sanchez de Toledo. 

The Plaza Nueva has been and remains a genuine representation of Granadian life. During your stay in Granada, you will pass by this square more than once, when you go or come from somewhere, as it is located in the centre of the city. 

In the summer, the Plaza Nueva is a good place to have a drink on the terrace. It's also a good area for young people to stay in a hotel or apartment as it is near pubs and bars.

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Elena María Aguado Sánchez

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Location Spain, Granada
Categories Culture, history & ruin trips, Day trips, Family holidays, Rest and relaxation, Romantic trips, Sightseeing & city breaks, Travel photography
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Address Plaza Nueva, Granada
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