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

What's new? (16 April 2018)


… is a new website which as the name suggests presents a pretty comprehensive panorama of Lorca’s life, times and works.


It points to Lorca sites in and around Granada - Lugares Lorquianos - and includes three Lorca tours - Rutas Lorquianas - Vega, city centre, and Víznar/Alfacar. 

There is an agenda of upcoming events - first, the international puppet festival from 27 April at Valderrubio and then events to mark Lorca’s birthday on 5 June (1898) at Fuente Vaqueros -, and a sort of glossary of close on 100 people who played a more or less important role in the poet’s life (Quién fue quién).


Last but not least we find a complete biography in fifteen chapters (Biografía de Federico) and a pointer to Lorca’s works, classified under poetry, prose, theatre, and ‘others’ and ordered chronologically.

This photo was taken early in 2017 in Vietnam, by a student of mine called Hieu.


I first came to live in Granada in 1990. I lived here continuously up  to 2008, as a teacher of English. During this time I built my website dedicated to the life, times and works of García Lorca. I also led Lorca theme-based tours. Then I moved to London to work and after  a number of unsettled years moving between Eastbourne, Birmingham, Lao Cai, Granada and Bristol, I 'retired' to my modest home in the  remote barrio of El Fargue.

Right is the view from my front door. ->> 

Page updated 16 April 2019 Contact me? simon@granadalabella.eu

Above, the Lorca Centre, when it was still under construction, in March 2013. I blogged several times about its problematic genesis between October 2010 (#4) and January 2018 (#79).