Lorca in Granada

One of the most famous Granadinos is Federico García Lorca. A playwright, a poet and theatre director born in 1898. Considered the best Spanish poet of the 20th century.

Since reading ´La Casa de Bernada Alba´ for A Level Spanish Literature I´ve always been fascintated about Lorca.

In this post I decided to delve into the world of Federico García Lorca retracing his steps around the Granada region.

Fuentevaqueros Granada Spain Birth place of Lorca

Birthplace of Lorca, Fuentevaqueros

The logical place to begin my research is the poets Birthplace. A house in the town of Fuentevaqueros and where Lorca lived for most of his childhood. To get there it is just a short drive from Granada. (22kms)

Find more details about the Casa Natal of Lorca .

Federico García Lorca Birthplace Fuentevaqueros Granada

You can visit the house but guided tours are done at specific times of the day.

As you walk through you will notice original furnishings. The third floor attic space was used as a granary originally.

This space is now used as an exhibition area. Each season the themes are changed and updated.Lorca Birthplace Casa Natal FuenteVaqueros Granada Spain

Lorca Casa Natal

Federico Garcia Lorca´s Birthplace – Guided tour times

Address: C/ García Lorca, nº 4   18340 Fuentevaqueros, Granada

  • Closed Mondays & Sunday afternoons
  • April to June 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm 5pm and 6pm
  • July and September 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm
  • October – March 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm 4pm and 5pm

Its best to arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins.

Federico Garcia Lorca Spanish Poet

Centro de Estudios Lorquianos

In the same town as the birthplace, just a short walk along the main road of Fuentevaqueros, is the Centro de Estudios Lorquianos.

This exhibitition space makes a good spot should you have to wait until the next tour.

Some of Federico Garcia Lorcas illustrations are here amongst other documents such as photos or press cuttings.

Centro Federico Garcia Lorca – Granada

The Centre of Federico Garcia Lorca in the historic centre of Granada opened in 2015. Close to Granada cathedra on Plaza Romanilla, this cultural centre aims to promote and educate on the works of Federico García Lorca.

Centro Lorca Granada

The main exhibit is the manuscripts and documents of Federico García Lorca. 5000 original manuscripts will be stored inside this cultural centre. There are also plenty of activities such as performances, recitals and exhibitions.

More information about: Centro Federico García Lorca

Opening Times Centro FGL

  • Closed Mondays
  • Sundays 11am to 2pm
  • Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 2pm + 6pm to 9pm (summer)
  • Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 2pm + 5pm to 8pm  (winter)

Huerta de San Vincente Granada

Huerta de San Vicente

The highlight of my research was visiting the Huerta de San Vicente. His father purchased this building in 1925. A summer residence outside the city (now it´s located in the city itself) They lived there until 1936.

Declared a public park in 1995 named after the poet ´Parque Federico Garcia Lorca´ It is on Calle Arabial with Calle Virgen Blanca.

The guided tour is done in Spanish, but just ask and the guide will kindly explain in english too.

The furniture is original and there are some paintings and photos in the house too. In one of these rooms where Lorca wrote several of his most important works were written here.

To take the guided tour its 3€ for Adults and 1€ for children

  • Open Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays
  • Open Mornings 9:15am – 2:15pm
  • January, February, March, October, November, December.
    Afternoons 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • April, May, from June 1st to 14th, September 16th to 30th
    Afternoons 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • from June 15th to September 15th
    Mornings 9:15am – 2:15pm

Lorca Poem on Fountain in Lanajron Spain

F.G.Lorca – Notable places

In the city of Granada there are many key places that we can visit to recreate different times in F.G.Lorcas life. Just to name a few the Patio de los Aljibes inside the Alhambra palace. the Casa of the Rosales family on the Calle Tablas and the Manuel de Falla Museum in the Albaicin. Carmen de los Martires and the Hotel Alhambra Palace are other locations which were important in Lorca´s life.

Hotel Alhambra Palace + Sierra Nevada Spain

Theatre at Hotel Alhambra Palace

The Hotel Alhambra Palace was the location where the first competition of Cante Jondo was presented. One of the first recognitions of Flamenco as an art form. This festival of Cante Jondo inspired his Romancero Gitano (The Gypsy Ballads) which became one of his most recognised poetry collections.

In 1929 the theatre inside the hotel was the venue where Lorca premiered his Mariana Pineda play. Salvador Dali was a close friend of Lorca´s and actually designed the scenery for the Mariana Pineda play.

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Restaurante Chikito

The restaurant opposite Fuente de las Batallas in Granada was previously was known as Café Alameda or Gran Café Granada. From 1915-1929 this café where Lorca and his literary friends would meet to recite poetry and socialize. Known as El Rinconcillo this movement of cultural and intellectuals of the time was supported by international figures such as H.G Wells or Rudyard Kipling.

Musicians Manuel de Falla, Andres Segovia and Angel Barrios also were part of this influential group together with politicians Antonio Gallego Burín or Fernando de los Ríos.

Now this building is a typical Granada restaurant called Chikito. Inside you can see a life size sculpute of Lorca sitting in a corner of the dining room. There is also an original white column in the centre of the room which has been kept from the original Café (dated 1909)

Federico Garcia Lorca Chikito Granada Spain

Private Tour of Lorca´s Granada

You can also book a private guided tour in Spanish or English language in Granada city. This 2 hour experience revisits the university building where he studied, the house where he was found and arrested.

Lead by experienced guides this route will give you an insight into the Poet´s early life and final days in Granada.

To book please contact molly@piccavey.com

Available at 5pm daily from 120 euros for 2 people.

 

La Casa de Bernarda

The House of Bernada Alba, written in 1936 was probably his best play. Set in a small town called Valderrubio where Lorca would spent his summers. The summer house belonged to the family up to 1926 is now a Museum called Museo Garcia Lorca de Valderrubio.

It can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

More information: Museo Lorca Valderrubio

The actual Bernanda Alba house in Valderrubio is not open for visits at the moment. Although it maybe opened at some point in the future.

Teatro Generalife

Lorca & Flamenco

To keep alive the spirit of Lorca each year the Andalucian Ballet perform in the Generalife theatre. Remembering the Cante Jondo competition in 1922 which Lorca created, the most relevant event in Spain of the time. Flamenco and poetry performances are held thoughout the summer nights in July and August.

Each year the show changes but it is always themed around Lorca´s work.

For more details and tickets: Lorca y Granada

Me Vuelves Lorca

In Laroles, a small village in the Alpujarras, the outdoor theatre has a summer festival with some Lorca plays.

With a summer programme on Weekends throughout July and August each year the plays and performances change.

Find out more at: Me Vuelves Lorca

Laroles Theatre in Spain

Cortijo del Fraile

The Cortijo del Fraile in Nijar Almeria inspired the 1933 play Blood Wedding. Bodas de Sangre. This play was the first one to achieve major theatrical sucess.

Pictured here is the farmhouse and actual site where the true events took place.

Built by dominican monks, it became privately owned in 1836.

Cortijo del Fraile by piccavey

Blood Wedding

The story is along these lines:

A young woman lived with her father here in the 1920´s. Her father promised her hand in marriage to an agricultual labourer, Casimiro. However she was already in love with her cousin, Francisco. They decided to run off together one summer night in July 1928. Francisco came on horseback to take her away, soon after eloping they were found out by Casimiro´s family. They waited for them at a crossroads with guns.Francisco was shot and died. The bride was badly injured but survived. 

To visit the Cortijo del Fraile in the Cabo de Gata area, close to the town of Los Albaricoques and continue along the road 5 kms.

Blood wedding is still one of the most popular Lorca plays and is often in Spanish theatres today.

Piano Casa Rosales Lorca Granada Spain

The Death of Federico Garcia Lorca

Lorca was killed on 18th August 1936 outside Viznar, a town to the north of Granada. There is a plaque commemorating the poet on the site of his execution. The circumstances around his death (the exact date and time) are not quite clear. There are many articles and books about the series of events leading up to his death.

During the years of the Spanish Civil War it is difficult to know how things transpired. His body has still not been found.

Over the last 5 years excavations and investigations in Granada have been made to no avail.

The Legacy of Lorca will live on through his illustrations, poetry and plays.

 

Federico Garica Lorca Granada Spain