You will leave this beautiful city with a souvenir or gift. In Granada you will find from the most sophisticated shops in the street of the Catholic Monarchs to the main brands in streets like Puentezuelas, Zacatín or San Antón. However, this city is also the birthplace of the craft market and goldsmithing. Besides, the best area undoubtedly that best reflects this legacy is the Albaicín. This contains inlay workshops, Fajalauza pottery shops, and masters guitar making the best flamenco prototypes in the Cuesta de Gomérez.
In the surroundings of the Plaza Nueva, from a central plane, we find the bazaar of the Alcaicería. This bazaar is an old Arabic bazaar that is still in force and latent, with a street full of trades oriented to crafts and goldsmithing. Furthermore, you also have the streets of the Calderería Vieja and Nueva, with more commercial establishments and also of Arabic inspiration, where you can buy an exceptional Moorish tea. In the different villages that complete the appearance of the Granada Alpujarra you can also find unique craft products such as the jarapas, a type of colorful carpets and with more than curious spikes.
There are also many shopping centres: the Neptuno Shopping Centre, the Arabial and the Serrallo Plaza, where the good life and the good atmosphere are concentrated.
In the Albacin, the best ceramic of Fajalaurza
In fact, this area is the best place to buy all kinds of handicrafts and goldsmith products. Here you will find the most traditional gifts of Granada to keep as a souvenir or as a gift. We are talking about the ceramic pieces from Fajalauza, originally from the Albaicín, where the official workshop is located. It is a decorative technique that consists in the formation of geometric figures starting from very small pieces of different colors. The tones of green and blue end up decorating plates, pitchers, tiles or jugs. It has a strong Nasrid influence and it's one of the strongest and most important aspects of Granada's craftsmanship. Andalusia has always been a very rich land and permeable to the rise of craftspeople. However, another of it specialities is the inlay, a technique of ancient decoration of furniture, chests and cases, introduced into the peninsula by the Arabs.
Alcaiceria, an ancient Nasrid market of silk
It is a network of narrow streets that served as a large ancient Arab souk where silk was made and sold. Its establishments on Calle Alcaicería are located at the base of the Cathedral and now they specialise in handicrafts, cribs and miniatures. The Arab bazaar in the centre of Granada. Everyday opens from 10 am to 9 pm. It is located at an rich area in history and local culture, where you can still find exotic products. In Arabic, the Alcaicería means "the place of Caesar", and this name was given to the emperor in order to thank him for having given them the exclusive manufacturing and sale of silk in the sixth century.
Cuesta de Gomerez, steep but appealing and singular
On the way to the Alhambra, it is very interesting to visit this tremendously special hill because, as you go up, you will find several shops that make guitars of the best luthiers. Además, son pequeños sitios que fomentan la difusión del arte flamenco. The tour ends with a beautiful and imposing Roman door. During the day, the slope of Gomérez becomes a delicious and noisy place full of color and good vibes. The slope connects Plaza Nueva to the gates of the Alhambra and is full of shops dedicated to the noble art of creating flamenco guitars, which is why Granada has a great reputation in this field. It has a Morocan style, so it feels like when you are walking down this hill, you are walking in a different era and a different place.