Driving around Andalucia part 2 // The Alhambra in Granada

Andalucia Granada Alhambr red castle

The impressive red castle sits enthroned on the hill above the city of Granada

Visiting Granada was on my wish list for more than 2 decades. It had been there since Lieke, a fellow student at the Academy of Arts, came back from her stay in Granada and told us about an old phrase: “Give something to the poor blind man, because there’s nothing crueler in life than to be blind in Granada“.

Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe December was not the perfect time to visit Granada. Maybe I should blame the rainy weather during our stay. Or maybe Granada has just changed a lot since Liekes stay. To be honest, I did not like Granada as much as I liked Sevilla. It felt a little too busy crowded. Too many people and too touristic.


Exploring the old town city centre of Granada

Still, there were some amazing things to see. Our hotel was near the Alhambra. Every time we visited the old centre of Granada, we had to descent (and climb) around 135 steps (not recommended for people with knee problems). I just loved these narrow streets and stairways as I loved strolling along the river Rio Darro near the atmospheric old Moorish quarters of Albayzin and from there the climb up to the Alhambra. The red castle high above us.
And I liked the Supermercado, a little supermarket in the old centre of Granada. I think that visiting supermarkets and buying local products is as much fun as visiting tourist attractions.


Visiting the majestic Alhambra

Although we tried to buy tickets to the Alhambra online two weeks before our trip, they were already sold out. There were only guided group tours. We wanted to visit the site at our own pace. After an intense search on the internet we found two tickets for an audio guided tour (access to the Alcazaba, Palace Nasrid and Generalife were included). A small downside was we had to pay € 80,- for these tickets.
The devices of the audio guided tours weren’t any help. Apparently I had switched it off when I plugged in the earphones. The manual only said “switch device on”, but failed to mention how. We tried all the buttons with no result. The other device also stopped working just before we entered Palace Nasrid. Just before we returned to the office after our visit we noticed that there were also buttons on the side of the devices :-(
Luckily our books provided enough information to fully indulge all the richness, wealth and beauties of the Alcazaba, Palace Nasrid and Generalife. Especially the ceilings of Palace Nasrid were overwhelming. Even with the crowds and the rain, it was definitely worth to be on my wish list for all this time.


Photographs of the Alhambra in Granada // Andalucia


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