Formed in 1931, as Club Recreativo, Granada spent the first three seasons playing at Campo de La Tablas, a basic, barely enclosed ground. In their final season at La Tablas, Granada gained promotion to the second division. Work started on a new ground in 1933 on a plot of land in the north of the city just over the road from the Plaza de Toros. “Los Cármenes” would cost 110,000 pesetas and was officially inaugurated on 23 December 1934, with a league match against Malactiano (CD Malaga). The home side prevailed by two goals to one.
The new ground was a basic square stadium, uncovered in all four sides. A small seated area for the club officials was on the southern side, which also housed the changing rooms and offices. The civil war ensured that any national leagues would be put on hold until 1939, but when footballing hostilities resumed, Granada CF as they were now known, finished runners-up in the second division missing out on the promotion play-offs by a single point to Cadiz. They did not have long to wait however, as promotion was gained the following year via the play-offs. Over the next 25 years, the club had 3 spells in the Primera, none of which lasted longer than 4 seasons. However they did reach their one and only final of the Copa del Rey in 1959, losing 4-1 to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Granada CF’s most successful period in the Primera commenced with promotion at the end of the 1967-68 season. Los Cármenes underwent its only significant facelift with the building of a new two tiered stand on the southern side of the ground, which was inaugurated in 24 November 1968 with a 2-0 victory over Malaga. In keeping with the rest of the ground, the stand was white and very basic, with the roof supported by thin pillars set three rows from the back. Somewhat startling was the fact that despite running the length of the pitch, it only had two narrow vomitories(exits) on the upper tier. This excellent video has been put together to celebrate the clubs eightieth anniversary and includes excellent footage of Los Cármenes.
|The main gateway to Los Carmenes|
|Basic, square and full - Los Carmenes in the early sixties|
|The Pride of Granada... and the team wasn't too bad either|
|Nearing the end - Los Carmenes in 1995|