Granada la bella



where anything is possible



GRANADA LA BELLA was the title of a book written by Angel Ganivet while he was living in Finland, shortly before he took his own life in 1898. Angel Ganivet was a leading figure in the contemporary cultural scene in Granada at the end of the century and he had a huge influence on Lorca's generation. Many of the ideas expressed in this book are taken up and developed by Lorca and his circle.

The title hints at the dual nature of the city, its light and dark sides. Because while the Beauty of Granada is undeniable, it can also reveal itself as the Beast.

Photo by ccoutesy of Rene Hirt




I came to live in Granada in 1990. Continuously to 2008, when I moved to London to work full time for 4 years. Since 2012 I have divided my time between London, Granada, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Almuñécar, and Lao Cai (Vietnam).


Here I am, on my way down to the city from my home in El Fargue, having just passed the church of San Miguel Alto (Sacromonte) with the Albaicin behind and below me. Photo courtesy of Oivind Fenne, May 2013.



What's new? (26 September 2016)

When I left Granada to go and work in the UK eight years ago, these are some of the concerns I dealt with in this blog:


  • bringing the AVE (High Speed Train) to Granada
  • the decline of the international airport (Federico Garcia Lorca)
  • Lorca Prize winners
  • the search for Lorca's unmarked grave
  • the inauguration of the Lorca Centre
  • the completion of the new Metro system
  • persistent symbols of the city's right-wing past
  • Granada Club de Fútbol


What exciting developments have there been in these intervening eight years?

Watch this space to learn more!

Page updated 26 September 2016

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