Sleepwalking in Granada, Spain
When the windows are shuttered and the air is stilled—somewhere between 2PM and 5PM—go for a walk in the center of Granada. Not on the main streets and not in the big commercial areas but on the narrow walkways that run between the homes and the smallest shops. Plaza Cuchilleros is a good starting point. Climb up the winding stone paths and down the steep slopes, and there, in the silence of the siesta, you will find things you would otherwise have missed—wonderful murals and graffiti, both worthy of quiet contemplation; small, emptied courtyards with friendly, tinkling fountains; richly carved doors embellished with doorknockers in the shape of patiently waiting hands; quiet churches, inviting passageways, and other hidden treasures. Discover these things on any still afternoon, and by the time the guitarristas return to their posts, having slept away those few midday hours, you will understand the peacefulness behind their playing.