What is known in Granada as Alcaicería (artisanal market) is what remains of the Grand Bazaar of the Nasrid period that stretched centuries ago from Plaza Nueva to Plaza Bib-Rambla.
The old Arab silk market, after the conquest by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, was renamed Real Sitio and Fuerte de la Alcaicería de Granada, and in the sixteenth century it had almost 200 stores. Unfortunately, in 1843, a fire in a match store destroyed it completely, so it was rebuilt in a neo-Arab and romantic style, very fashionable in that century.
Located in close proximity to the Cathedral, this set of narrow streets is today dedicated to Granada’s craft shops, where Fajalauza earthenware, inlaid wood, nativity scenes and the popular colored glass lampposts are sold. In addition, there are also bookstores, jewelry stores and souvenir shops, where you can find the gifts you are looking for.
How to get from the Cathedral of Granada:
Ph. Luca Sarti