Granada: The Highlights

Andalusian Adventure-post 3

Granada – The First stop on ‘our Andalusian Adventure! If I had to describe Granada, in 3 words it would  be Pleasant, charming and youthful. I Felt Granada catered best for the young ( under 25’s) and the older ( over 65) i know strange mix but it works!

My thought : I enjoyed my time in Granada but, ummm not sure il be rushing back any time soon. Not that i hated it or anything, it was nice and easy, and defiantly the perfect starting point for our trip but, i guess I was a little disappointed I expected more. All these years people have been saying ” oh man you must go to Granada” “its Amazing”  but i not sure what all the hype has been about really . yeah its  NICE!,  a little salt, a little pepper but not real spice!!  Which isn’t a bad thing, Its not AMAZING!!! as they claim  in mu opinion but,  it is a lovely charming little city with a light buzz and lovely people! defo a place I would like if i was a student and under 25!

I would Recommend Granada to The following people:

  1.  under 25’s, its super safe, kinda carefree, and not to expensive. It has a great music scene and general chilled youthful vibe.
  2. . Solo travelers because of the safe element and its a beautiful city to explore alone, but it’s also a very friendly place and im sure your make lots of friends in no time.
  3. Couples, a romantic weekend breaks fille with nice strolls,  bars and decent restaurants.
  4. It also a great rest stop for travelers because you can relax and regroup whilst still having quite a lot to do. day or night.
  5. School trips for teenagers, its safe, cultural , and not too much hustle and bustle.

THE HIGHLIGHTS 

Food – Exploring the city by foot –  The Alhambra

Granada was the perfect  starting point for our  journey. It  is a very small city, so in a few days we had managed to see all the major sites and a lot of the city on foor, without too much fuss or complications. Which set us up nicely for the rest of our journey and allowed us to settling in with ease.

Exploring the city by footis the best way to go. All around the city you will see these posts that highlight a sight and tell you a little about it which is great.

Day 1, we started out early ( ish) and this was our itinerary ended up as follows:

image 1 -g-map1.starting at the hostel  we walked through the shopping district to the cathedral and then through  Alcaiceria once a place where silk trading area now a tourist rap full of tiny souvenir stores.

 

image 2 -g-map2.After a sandwich and a cup of Real thick hot chocolate,ummm, we made our way to the (21)Arco de  Elvira, then along Calle Elveria . along Calle Elveria you will notice this is the more culturally urban part of tow. Close to the Arco this is the hippie territory and as you move further along the ethnicity changes ..very touristy but can imagine this to be a fun area for students especially at night!

 

image 3 -g-map3.We kept walking until we reached  (20) Calderia Nueva, here we found a number of tea and shisha bars and restaurants. for a second I thought i was back in Morocco! I loved this road. – From here we went up!  and up and up, through Albayzin until we reached( 24) San Nicholas lookout point. Very impressive views across the entire city and of  The Alhambra!

 

image 4 -g-map4.we stopped here for a little while then found a little tavern to have a drinks  ( tinto de vernano:) and tapas. After we quenched our thirst we headed to towards the River Darro. (28) starting this walk at Cuesta Del Chapiz, we embarked on our down hill walk into the city centre.

 

 

Along the way we saw more of those posts,two of which I would highly recommend visiting :

Banos De Nogal, (Pictured above), The Baths are from the 11th century and are very well-preserved, it’s currently the oldest public building in the city.

The other is this 13 century structure, I happened upon this one, and wasnt sure if we were allowed in, it just happened that we were but its is forbidden to touch the structure.

Both are free to entre and amazing pieces of history and architecture.

The Alhambra 

Day 2  – Alhambra day,  this was most defiantly a highlight of Granada!

Note: you should buy your ticket online 2 weeks in advance if you want to see the Nasrid Palaces, other wise you will not stand a chance.

We booked 8 days in advance and tickets including the Nasrid Palace were sold out. We did however, see everything else,  it as Stunning day out. Again however, I was not blown aways as the hype implied I would be. So I am assuming all the jaw dropping stuff is in the Nasrid Palaces, that we didn’t get to visit :(. overall  defiantly worth visiting, it is amazing! I personally  prefer the Alcazar in Seville, it feel less like a large tourist attractions.

The highlight for me was the Generalife Gardens and The views from the Alcazaba!

General life Palace and Gardens:

Alcazaba –

 

The Carlos the V Palace was also pretty fantastic too 🙂

Food and drink – 

oh man we were in Tapas heaven! we ate tapas noon and night, we just couldn’t get enough. My other half is spanish and really enjoyed introducing me to his foods.

Padrones was my fav new Tapas. It’s basically salt fried Pardon Peppers. These particular peppers only grow locally in Granada.20140916_214155

Drink -Tinto de verano ummmm so refreshing! it basically a wine based cocktail, and its  a very popular drink here in Andalusia! Its ingredients consist of red wine, and either lemonade or orangeage, poured over ice and a slice of lemon. I like orangeade, poured over ice and a slice of lemon tinto-de-verano--300x180

Alhambra Beer – possibly now my favorite beer:) – we also drank a lot Canas, which is basically a half pint of beer, if you ask for a beer your get a bottle or asked what size. The most typical size is a Cana:)

Over all Granada was a blast! but it was just not what I expected!

Have you been To Granada, If so whats your thoughts?

🙂

 

 

 

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One thought on “Granada: The Highlights

  1. I don’t disagree, and I was there forty years ago, but you visited all the tourist places, so that’s what you saw. It was a good reminder of what the city I love looks like to an outsider. I’d hoped it had changed more, but it still sounds very quiet in comoarison to other places. It’s not a place where you can quickly see what’s going on behind that facade, but the people will introduce you to it if you have the time.

    It’s actually the guitarmaking center of the universe — something that was hard to miss then and has grown so much since that guitarmakers from Canada and Scandanavia have moved there too. Now, if you are a guitarmaker, or want to become one and have months to spend, it could be the most exciting city on the planet. You will find a very, very different experience — so much that there is a beautiful (very large) book on the subject and features the work of about 40 living guitar makers working in the city today — most continents don’t have anywhere close to 40 guitarmakers of this quality, and you probably won’t find 40 in the rest of Europe. Germany, France, and Italy have about a dozen each, same for North America. But you won’t see many finished guitars in Granada — not back then or now: these guys sell what they make before they are made. You would probably have to go to Madrid to find guitars to browse — and these are guitars that start around $4000 and go up to around $20,000 — unless you are looking for pieces by famous makers no longer alive — then the prices start around $20,000 and go up.

    Reading your posts about Barcelona make me want to go visit that city, because it sounds like the opposite of Granada. But it also sounds like they are too busy having fun to do the type of highly patient creative work that happens in Granada. These guys work very hard to make a living and they aren’t generally interested in a party scene. I also felt the underlying conservatism — you didn’t call it that, but I felt it too– and this was in the last year of the fascist dictatorship, so it is hard to even imagine that today. Compared to those days just finding a bar with wifi would be astonishing. Between the patience and historical connections in Granada and the exhuberance and quick accessibility for visitors to get connected and play in tge sun in Barcelona is an entire universe.

    Your posts are really helpful. I plan to go back after I retire, and your information and observations are a great way to rethink and redirect my attention. I may have to reconsider!

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