On Thursday morning we visited Granada for the first time since early July. Normally we visit the city once or twice a month but in the height of Summer it is too hot to stroll the baking streets. The Poet Lorca described July and August as Granada’s worst hour. This week the temperatures have eased slightly and it was quite pleasant to wander around the streets, do some shopping and have a light tapas lunch in the Albaicin (old Moorish quarter). The City was still relatively quiet as the 50,000 students who study here have not yet returned to the universities but there was colour and bustle in the main shopping streets although only a few people along the leafy paseos.
Loja this morning was a complete contrast. There were not many people around as the locals are spent out after last week’s fiesta. Just like the centre of Granada the streets of old Loja around the Plaza Constitución and Plaza Joaquin Costa are lined with some lovely old buildings. This used to be the shopping centre of Loja but as the town has grown all the hypermarkets are on the outskirts of town near new blocks of flats and the shopping centre has spread in that direction. Now the streets of the old town comprise of empty shops beneath the often crumbling facades of once elegant buildings. There is barely a shop open in the lovely old street Calle Tiendas (street of shops) and most of its old buildings are in bad state of decay.