La Alcaiceria

La Alcaiceria, Granada Overview

Originally the Moorish silk market under the Muslim's rule, the Alcaiceria is a set of narrow alleyways, located on the south of the Cathedral. Rebuilt in the 19th century, the present market has most of the souvenir stores under the Moorish archways and decorated walls.

La Alcaiceria or the Arab spice market is one of the most popular destinations in the city among the visitors. An old Moorish market existed in this location before the 1843 fire destroyed everything. La Alcaiceria is just a mere recreation of that traditional Arab market area. Situated close to the Cathedral of Granada, the souk runs from the Plaza Alonso Cano on the Calle de la Alcaiceria. One can get lost in the maze like streets, that are connected to each other from different areas. It was once the major silk and spices market. In present times, there are only souvenir and craft stalls present on those narrow lanes. Plaza Bib Rambla lies next to the souk which is a happening public square. There is a beautiful fountain in the centre of the square.

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