Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Granada & the Alhambra (Spain, day 7)

If you visit Spain and spend anytime at all in Seville you must take a trip to Granada.  About 2 hours away by car, the drive along is spectacular, and in the winter filled with snow capped mountains in the distance.  We went for one thing, which is what everyone heads to Granada for, a visit to the Alhambra.  Just like Cordoba, Granada had much more to offer than just the Alhambra - although it was spectacular.  

Lets start with adventure.  Although this point only really applies if you're driving and staying in the old city - then it's full of adventure.  The streets in this part of town are narrow - extremely narrow.  So narrow in fact you often have to find a door way to step into to let a car pass you.  If you're driving take a smaller car - you'll thank me for it.  Your nerves will worship me in fact.  Thankfully my hubby has nerves of steel and we paid for full insurance on our rental so our adventure was manageable.

One of the wider streets in the old town.
The second thing about Granada is the view.  It's magnificent.  No matter where you are.  The alleys are quaint and perfect for photos.  The country side is spectacular.  And any view of the old city and the Alhambra... well just take a look at my photos.  The first four are the view from our room.





The third thing was the food.  Don't get me wrong, tapas is fun, but I was ready to sit down to a meal and eat a full dish.  Thankfully we chose a great restaurant for a late lunch on arrival and had probably one of the best paella I've had in my life.  No menu envy here.  (**Menu envy is that thing where you wish you'd ordered what someone else on your table had. I optimize my dining experience so I'll never regret it.)


The fourth thing I loved about Granada - the Alhambra.  This is by far the main attraction and you should book in advance to do it.  Also you should allow at least 3 hours for your visit.  There is so much to see and it is spectacular.  I keep saying this with every new site I visit in Spain but it seems like it just keeps getting better and better.  And they are all different.  I'm not going to bore you with the history - you can look that up yourself - just promise me you'll visit if you get to Granada - event if it's raining.  It's worth it!  I really couldn't decide which pics to post so I just posted a random snippet.  I dare you to go there and only take 10 photos.  It's impossible.



















Granada - we were only in you one day and night - but it was worth every moment.

Want to read all my posts on Spain?  You can find them here.