Plaza Nueva

Plaza Nueva, Granada: Address, Plaza Nueva Reviews: 4/5

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,755 contributions
Best Starting Point for Exploring
Feb 2020
Plaza Nueva is a large central square in the heart of the old city. It is an excellent starting point for exploring Granada on foot.
From here, you can walk through the Puerta Granadas and up through the Alhambra forests to the Alhambra itself (20 min).
If you take the narrow cobbled road to the left of the Church of St Ana, you can walk the Carrera del Darro, a scenic walk following the historic 17th century road along the bank of the Darro river.
Alternately, head up Calle Elvira and make your way uphill past San Gregorio’s to the Mirador San Nicolas and into the heart of the Albaicín area.
We did all three. Granada is a brilliant city for walking and exploring and we were very glad in the planning stage that we allocated 3 days here although really, we could have easily had more time.
The plaza itself was constructed in the 1500s by the Christians when they conquered Granada and started rebuilding the city on a Western model. Over the centuries, the plaza has been the centre for everything from bull fights to public executions. Today two points of interest are the Royal Chancellery (now the Court House) and the Church of San Ana, built in 1501.
Written 17 January 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,187 contributions
Square of the XIX century with the architectural dominant of the XVI century.
Dec 2019
Despite its rather modern appearance, the pentagonal New square is part of The albaicín quarter. The architectural and historical centerpiece of the square is the Andalusian High court building, formerly Real Chancillería, built from 1531 to 1587 in the Mannerist style. The development of the square that covered the former Darro river embankment took place simultaneously with the construction of Real Chancillería. The flow of gold and silver from the Incas and Aztecs made it possible to Finance other projects. The square received a second wind in the XIX century, when Granada became the center of the Spanish sugar industry. Most of the classicist buildings were built on the square at that time.
Written 21 November 2020
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy5,042 contributions
City centre square
Aug 2020
In the heart of the city, and despite its name it is one of the oldest squares in town! The Royal Chancellery, built in the 16th century, is located on one side of the plaza.
Written 5 September 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,184 contributions
A plaza with history
Jun 2019
We love history and this plaza is one of those that have some hidden secrets! Plaza Nueva, which is not very new, but in fact is the oldest of Granada's public squares, has had a very interesting past. The space occupied by the plaza is in fact part of a river which now actually runs underneath, and so there is a lot more space for the square to be used by people. In older days tournaments, bullfights, even public executions used to be held in the plaza. The so-called Royal Chancellery, built in the 16th century, is located on one side of the plaza, and behind it there was a prison which was in use until the end of the 19th century! But today that building houses the High Court. And further away you will find the Iglesia de San Gil y Santa Ana which in fact is on a part of the square called Plaza de Santa Ana. And of course you can absorb all the history whilst waiting for your tour to start, or relaxing for a while and having a coffee at one of the many cafes and other eateries in the area. We stopped in Plaza Nueva before walking on and visiting the Alhambra a short walk up the road.
Written 4 May 2020
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Richard M C
Naples, ME26 contributions
Great center hub to walk off of.
Mar 2020
Here you'll find several great tapas places, it's a the bottom of the river walk and is also a great spot to grab a cab or get the 30 or 32 bus. Often performers out on the Plaza on the weekends.
Written 22 April 2020
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,689 contributions
Nice square
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a good place to start a walking tour. Lots of food and shoppes around this plaza. A great artisan market on Sundays. You are next to the Albacin area for the little souk markets. Throw in a church and a few fountains and you have yourself a great adventure.
Written 17 March 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Right at La Alhambra's foot ...
Mar 2019
Despite its name, "Plaza Nueva" is the oldest square in Granada! An amazing and bustling hub, connecting "La Alhambra" and "Albayzin"- both at walking distances - to Granada itself. "Plaza Nueva" is always busy, but specially on Summer months, when locals and tourists come in to enjoy its several bars, cafés and restaurants! Also famous for delicious "tapas"! Take your time and make a quick stop for a glass of wine, a beer or even a full meal! Enjoy!
Written 14 February 2020
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swirlwind
Perth, Australia341 contributions
Atmospheric Come-Alive in the Evening
Aug 2019
Plaza Nuevo was smaller than I thought. Easy to handle. A fountain in the middle surrounded by small shops, cafe, tapas bars, restaurants, smoke parlours... on 4 sides, a few bus stops close by.
Just right next to it; Plaza de Santa Ana and town hall.
My hotel was across the street, directly opposite. I was in and out several times a day. Never need to worry about getting lost too much after a couple of beers & tapas down stairs or around.
I first notice Plaza Nueva's glory was in one late afternoon when the soft sun glow transformed the whole area, some devoted flamenco dancers came on scene with their passionate live music and live performance. Wow! So intense. So powerful.The energy produced was so raw and uplifting. I simply couldn't tear myself away.
The Plaza became my favour chilled out spot for the rest few evenings in Granada.
The flamenco dancers performed every second day alternated dates with a couple gypsy singer. A very fond memories of Granada.❤️
Written 26 January 2020
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,172 contributions
The Oldest Square.
Dec 2019
The Plaza Nueva is the oldest (what's in a name) square in Granada.
The square was built to create space and to cover the Rio Darro river; which now flows underneath the square.
At the time it was a popular square for bullfighting and public executions.
Nowadays the square is centrally located between the newer center and the route up towards the Albaicin district via the Carrera del Darro (beautiful walking route along the Darro river) and the Paseo de los Tristes.
You'll find many bars and restaurants on and around the square.
On one side of the square is the Royal Chancellery or Real Chancillería.
On the east side, the square becomes the Plaza de Santa Ana. Adjacent to this square is the church with the same name.
Written 13 January 2020
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Malcolm McD
Glasgow, UK395 contributions
A Great Buzz
Dec 2019
Even although it was December and there were fewer tourists, there was a great buzz with many shops and really good restaurants. the situation is great close by hotels, Albycin and an reasonably easy walk up the the Alhambra
Written 6 January 2020
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