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:
- under 25’s, its super safe, kinda carefree, and not to expensive. It has a great music scene and general chilled youthful vibe.
- . 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.
- Couples, a romantic weekend breaks fille with nice strolls, bars and decent restaurants.
- 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.
- School trips for teenagers, its safe, cultural , and not too much hustle and bustle.
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 foot , is 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:
2.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!
3.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!
4.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.
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:
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.
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
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?