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You'll see Granada's finest medieval Moorish mansions, or cármenes, in this attractive hillside district. The spacious whitewashed buildings all have one special feature: a central, walled courtyard filled with fountains and flowers. There are great views from Mirador de San Nicolás over to the Alhambra complex on the opposite hill and the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance. This district was populated by an influx of Moors from the town of Baeza in 1227 and historians maintain that Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in relative harmony here for many years.
This attractive square is filled with stalls selling all manner of colourful flowers, plants and ornamental trees. It's also lined with cafés and restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere. You'll find lots of trendy fashion retailers in the square and surrounding streets, like Los Muñecos. It's easy to get to some of the most interesting historic sights from here. The nearest is the old Moorish silk market, or Alcaicería, and next door to that are the Cathedral, Royal Chapel and Arab University.
One of the most visited squares of the city, Plaza del Carmen is peppered with shopping options, dotted with beautiful buildings and has many seating areas to soak in the city's atmosphere. Plaza del Carmen is also used as a venue for a variety of local events, these include fairs, markets as well as performing arts events and concerts. The plaza is especially worth visiting during festivals when it's decorated and illuminated in glistering lights.
Enter Calle Elvira from Plaza Nueva for the lively atmosphere. On the left, you've got some of Granada's busiest and best tapas bars where people have to stand in the street with their drinks because there is no space inside. On the right, there is a small Arabic quarter full of Middle Eastern and North African restaurants, take-away shops, tea shops and craft shops. Most of the bars around here still offer free tapas with drinks. The shops and restaurants in the Arabic quarter offer good value for money as well. Walk straight along the street from here and you'll pass a variety of antique shops, ceramics shops and small furniture workshops until you come to Elvira Gate.
Puerta Real is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the center of the city of Granada. The place has historical importance and got its name from King Philip’s entry through a protective wall in 1624. Later, it became a social hub among the rich people of the land with growing shops, cafés and other public houses. There was even a famous casino in this area, but now, it has been renovated as a theater called Isabel la Catolica. The area has gone through a lot of changes since that time and is now a picturesque meeting place for tourists visiting Granada. The plethora of shopping places here makes Puerta Real a paradise for those seeking retail therapy.