Granada…By Kirsty Leggatt

by Susannah Grant posted on 3 February 2016

I’m sure many of you have been to Granada but as it was our first visit there recently, I thought I’d do a quick post about this beautiful city and include some photos.

In my opinion, Granada truly is one of Spain’s best cities. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and one hour from the Mediterranean, visitors get the best of both worlds! Also, the Sierra Nevada ski resort is close by so in winter you can ski and in the warmer months, a swim in the beautiful Mediterranean waters is just a car ride away — I’m thinking a great city for a holiday home!!

View from Hotel Alhambra Palace
View from Hotel Alhambra Palace

We stayed at the Hotel Alhambra Palace. This is a lovely hotel (with its own interesting history) providing stunning views over the city and mountains and an easy walk into town.

Of course we visited the Alhambra Palace and spent a few hours wandering around this historical and beautiful citadel. Its Moorish history and influence gives a fabulous insight into Islamic architecture and culture and provides a stunning attraction. The grounds are also superb and beautifully maintained — well worth a leisurely stroll around on a lovely day! We booked our tickets on line, which I recommend.

Tapas are also a highlight in this city. They are plentiful, varied and delicious and often afterwards, we found ourselves not requiring dinner.

Wandering through the narrow streets I almost felt that I was back in the bazars of Morocco! Brightly coloured textiles, scarves and clothing hang from the stalls, alongside beaded bags, oils and spices. The Moorish influence remains an integral component of this city and provides for a truly cultural and vibrant experience.

There are Segway and bus tours that you can take, both providing interesting commentary and site seeing.

Another fabulous Spanish city that can’t be missed!

Alhambra Palace
Alhambra Palace
Tapas
Tapas