Granada, Moorish Spain

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Granada, a city in the province Andalusia, a city of tapas, sangria, terraces with water sprinklers (it can be really hot during summer) and a great language off course…Spanish. I went as a child many times to Spain, it’s in my blood to travel once a while to Spain, and to explore more and more of all the jams the country has to offer. First time, a couple of years ago, I found Granada a cute little town with beautiful architecture. When visiting Granada for the second time I could even imagine living there. A friend of mine is living in Granada for more than a year now and walking one afternoon alone on the streets there I was jealous for a moment. What a lovely city.

Wandering between Moorish architecture

Granada feels more like a town than a city, it’s easy to bump into each other quite often and the narrow streets makes it less a city. In the Moorish quarter Albaicin you’ll find small Moroccan shops with beautiful leather bags, which I think no woman can resist. There even cheaper here than in Morocco where the bags come from, you can still try to bargain, but the prices are 9 out of 10 fixed. If you try to bargain, do it with a smile, it will go easier! And there is more besides wandering through the city, a real architectural highlight is the Alhambra. This is a Moorish palace and fortress complex with beautiful green gardens. The view on Granada is an extra bonus when visiting this site. I think the pictures will say enough. Tip: Be there on time in the morning, because there is a limited amount of visitors allowed per day!

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Tapas, tapas, tapas

Another great thing about this city; you get a tapa with every drink you order. Which means that when you want to have a small bite, just order a drink and enjoy the tapa which comes with it, then order something to eat if you’re still hungry or a new drink (which comes with a new tapa). Don’t be surprized when the tapas are enormous like a sandwich, pasta or fish. In the evening you have to eat patatas bravas and one of my favourites, gamba con pil pil (gamba with garlic), very tasty!

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Don’t forget; Granada has, like almost every city in Spain, a big cathedral. The atmosphere around such an imposing building is great; especially in the evening when temperatures drop and street musicians and all kinds of people gather. Strolling along the hill of the Moorish quarter Albaicin, with Spanish music at the background and a view on the Alhambra, how romantic?!

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7 comments

  1. Chris 22 March, 2015 at 13:46 Reply

    Wow what a great view of Alhambra. Seems like a great spot in Spain to visit soon. I put it on the list once we make a road trip in Spain and Portugal soon. Tnx for sharing.

  2. Alessandra 11 May, 2015 at 10:09 Reply

    Valencia is amazing! You have to rent a bike there. They have a dry riberved through the town that you can bike on. Then you get to the beach and can have paella for two (request no rabbit!). Madrid has spectacular flamenco dances that will blow your mind. I did a bike tour in Barcelona which was a great way to see so much of the city. Oh, and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, you can skip the modern art gallery…so strange! And the best part, get into Spanish culture by having a siesta every afternoon and supper at 10PM!

    • newsfromNOMADS 27 May, 2015 at 10:22 Reply

      Hi Alessandra, thank you for sharing! Yes the whole of Spain is amazing. Next to the nice cities you mentioned I can add Madrid too! Valencia is one of my favourites too! If you go to Granada, you can easily combine it with a trip to Sevilla, Cordoba and Malaga!

  3. Artwin 12 January, 2016 at 12:16 Reply

    Thanks for your ideas! The view on Alhambra is really amazing, an I now regret that I’ve never traveled to Spain before. Gotta rethink my route for this years summer now and add Spain to it! 😀

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