TEN MUST-SEE LORCA SITES IN AND AROUND GRANADA

ONE

Lorca’s birthplace in Fuente Vaqueros on the Vega.
On 5 June 1898. Links to the casa museo in Spanish:

http://www.patronatogarcialorca.org/indice.php

and in English:

http://www.patronatogarcialorca.org/english/indice.php

The future poet, one year old:

TWO

The Huerta de San Vicente – summer
residence of the family from 1926 – 1936. Lorca returned here from Madrid in
July 1936.

Spanish link:

http://www.huertadesanvicente.com/portada.php

Link in English:

http://www.huertadesanvicente.com/e_portada.php

A visit to the Huerta de San Vicente was ranked by Lonely
Planet travellers as #145 of 146 things to do in Granada. Poor sods.

THREE

The nearby Huerta del Tamarit, which
belonged to the poet’s uncle Francisco García Rodríguez from 1923. I took this photo some ywars ago.

FOUR

Acera del Darro, 46. The family lived there
while Lorca was still a teenager. Incorporated into today’s Hotel Monte Carlo.

The Acera del Darro at the turn of the twentieth century. Number 46 is at the level of the bridge. By Lorca’s day the river was covered over as far as the bridge.

FIVE

The family home in Valderrubio (then
Asquerosa). Where they lived until they moved to Granada in 1909 and spent the
summers until his father bought the Huerta de San Vicente.

SIX

The Cortijo de Daimuz Alto on the
Vega. Another family property.

SEVEN

The house
that belonged to Frasquita Alba La casa de Bernarda Alba – round the
corner from the Lorca family home in Valderrubio. I took this photo some years ago.

EIGHT

Fuente de la Teja, the source
on the banks of the River Cubillas, across the fields from Valderrubio/Asquerosa,
where Lorca went to escape the heat of summer afternoons

NINE

The Camino de Fuente Grande, that
road that runs between Víznar and Alfacar, from the Palacio de Cuzco to the
Fuente Grande itself, running alongside the Moorish channel (acequia), past Las
Colonias, the Barranco de Viznar, and the Parque García Lorca. Where Lorca
spent his last hours after his disappearance from the Gobierno Civil on 17 August
1936.Lorca memorial monolith in the Lorca Park at Alfacar.

TEN

Last but not least, but a further
off, el Cortijo del Fraile in Níjar (Almería), scene of the crime that inspired
Bodas de sangre. Picture from Granada Hoy 12.1.13


The idea is for the Dirección General de Bienes Culturales (General Management
of Cultural Assets) to declare these sites officially Lugares Lorquianos and so
offer them better protection against further deterioration and in the end
disappearance, which would be an incalculable cultural loss. For example, the Huerta
del Tamarit was threatened by road construction not so long ago (see blog
post19), as indeed was the Huerta de San Vicente in the 1970s. In Almería, the Cortijo del Fraile is in a
very poor way after years of neglect and abandonment.

If you’re not convinced the Dirección
General de Bienes Culturales has the power to protect them, come and see them now, before
they’re gone.