Heaven on Earth: Granada and Alhambra
When we left Algeciras, we headed to Granada to see Alhambra. Alhambra is basically a fortress with gardens and palaces known for its Islamic architecture. Much of Alhambra was designed to resemble paradise on earth, and true to form, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
We spent hours walking the grounds, admiring the gardens and fountains and touring the palaces. There were Judas trees, irises, and canopies of wisteria. And just like we had seen in Morocco, the architecture featured exquisite detail. I took hundreds of photos, but I could never capture just how lovely the place really is. It was also difficult to get clear shots without loads of tourists in them. With some patience, though, I was able to get a few good ones.
Granada itself was also a treat. We stayed in Albayzín, the Arab quarter adjacent to Alhambra, at the Casa Bombo hostel which reflected the hip, laid-back vibe of the neighborhood. We spent the morning walking the narrow cobblestone streets and shopping on the so-called “Moroccan street.” In the evening, after we visited Alhambra, we enjoyed the nightlife at the bank of the Darro River. There was a long row of bars and restaurants with outdoor seating. We took a seat and sampled some Spanish classics—sangria, gazpacho and paella.
The next morning, we were off to Madrid.
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