"Much More Than The Alhambra" Top 5 Page for this destination Granada by suvanki
Granada Travel Guide: 2,065 reviews and 5,240 photos
A few days Annual leave owed to me, a cheap flight courtesy of Ryanair, and within 30 minutes, I had a flight and accomodation booked to Granada for 3-5 May 2005.
Now, I knew very little about Granada, but after perusing VTer pages, I was really looking forward to my trip. As a bonus, I was going to arrive on the evening of the Festival of the Crucifixes!
I'd become enthralled reading Jason Websters' Duende and Andalus, which had made me determined to visit Andalucia, and I was becoming quite interested in Flamenco, after seeing Joaquin Cortes perform on 3 occassions in London (I know purists, don't always rate him, but I was quite impressed with him and his backing musicians and singers on the 3 occassions that I'd seen him)
For Many years, I'd wanted to visit Seville and Cordoba, but Granada was now my destination.
The only thing that I knew about Granada was the Alhambra Palace, but as I read VTer pages, and guide books etc, I realised there was a lot to see and experience- probably too much to cram into my short stay.
I arrived into Granada by the airport bus, as the festivities were about to commence, which meant that I had trouble getting to my hostal. I was dropped off, where I later realised was Via de Colon, then hailed a cab. I could see men on horses, and women dressed in the traditional polka dot dresses, some with fringed shawls and/or combs in their hair. I could also hear music playing - a great atmosphere!
My second visit to Granada was mainly to see Bruce Springsteen in concert on 22nd October 06. It was also an excuse to see much more of , what is now, one of my favourite cities.
Arriving on Thursday night, I checked into my accomodation, which was near to the Plaza de Carmen, then ventured out to sample Granadas nightlife of bars and Tapas.
Friday morning, I was up and ready to explore. I'd picked up a flyer about A Walking Tour of Granada, which was leaving from Plaza de Carmen at 10.30.
I really enjoyed this 2.30 hour walk - the guide was very informative, and I learnt quite a lot about the Christian and Muslim influence on the development of Granadas history. For an insight into Granadas history, culture etc I'd recommend this tour and the Granada Tour Bus.
On my second visit to Granada, I had the chance to explore more of the 'off the beaten track' places. Wandering around I had some very pleasant surprises, such as coming across a wedding, which led to me witnessing 2 more within a few hours!
This visit made me even more besotted with Granada, I can't wait to visit again!
- Pros:So Much to see and do within walking distance, A Great city!
- Cons:Errr- The Alhambra at night (based on my personal experience)
- In a nutshell:Granada has much more than The Alhambra to offer!
Halfway up Plaza Nueva on the right hand side, is a steep narrow road, that leads to the Alhambra gardens and Palace.... more travel advice
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