Hola from Granada! Although Granada was the absolute highlight from this wonderful trip I must admit I did not take enough pictures, basically because I was a bit overwhelmed trying to make pictures and at the same time paying attention to the guides, it’s too much of a distraction the picture taking to breath it all in what this city offers. Definitely also not enough time to enjoy calmly the many things Granada has. Definitely the major thing here is La Alhambra, however there’s way many more things to do which we did not have time to. The city is divided by the roman side and the moorish side. There’s many villages to walk around the moorish side which are worth to see, there’s also Sierra Nevada with its breathtaking views for walking and hiking, and there’s also a coast to see. I would suggest next time I come to stay minimum a week to really suck it all in. In the meantime the two days we stayed was a hint to explore a bit the city and take back home the flavours and colours of it. What I love about writing on my blog is that I get to revive so many nice memories and feels like I’m traveling back.
- Starting the day
As always first things first. Anywhere in the city center where you go, you’ll find nice coffee places where to start the day. Love to start with tapas ( pan con jamón o queso ), Cortado and we also tried local pastries like the Pinonos which had a Flan texture and were very sweet. Now ready to explore!
- La Alhambra
Like mentioned, La Alhambra is the main attraction of the city and there’s no doubt it’s an incomparable site. Granada holds the oldest and most preserved moorish city of all Spain from the time it was colonised by the Sultans. It is worth to rent the guide to have a better understanding of what was happening in this city, it’s very interesting. The site itself, the architecture and buildings, the gardens and fountains, the breathtaking views and all its surroundings, it’s just awe-inspiring. You will spend minimum 3 hours there but can take longer so spare one day for this. Please book tickets in advance if you’re planning to go, there’s no chance to get tickets on site. We arrived and wanted to buy tickets and it was sold out until September… what? Luckily, we had a great hotel host which gave us a tip how to get last minute tickets and in fact they release at midnight everyday a limited quantity for those who didn’t reserved in advanced like moi, but you really need to be on your computer or phone on the dot, otherwise they sold out at the minute. Best advice book way before.
- Moorish style
Granada is divided into the Roman city and the Moorish city. From La Alhambra there’s a mini bus that would take you the city Albaycin which belongs to the moorish part. We did the sightseeing differently but my tip is that after La Alhambra go ahead and take that bus to Albaycin and from there walk down to the city center to have a feeling of this side of Granada. I’ve never been in Morocco but I think it should look like this. The markets, the tea and shisha lounges, the food, the flavours and colours, it all reminded me as if I was in the Middle East.
Go ahead for tea and oriental sweets, I loved the setting of tea houses and how they are decorated. We ended our day with a delicious local dinner which was so tasteful and probably the best dinner of the whole trip, very noticeable the oriental influence. Fantastic!
Another idea is to finish the day with a beautiful sundown at El mirador San Miguel in Albaycin city.
- Olive Tree Fields
I’m always fond of doing non traditional things when traveling because I get a better feeling of cities. I highly recommend a walk or hike to olive tree plantations. We drove by bus from Sevilla to Granada, approximately 300 km and the whole road was full of them. I was really hoping that we would be able to do a small trip to one and lucky enough there’s was a huge plantation right next to the hotel where we stay. We stayed pretty much next to La Alhambra which is in a hill outside the city, so every morning we woke up and did a little walking around the fields.
In my dreams I see myself having olive trees and vineyards plantations. Is that too much?
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it. Let me know your thoughts and share your ideas and tips about this magical city.
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