Adventures in Granada

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Nestled amongst the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, Granada is just a short distance from Seville and was the next stop on our Eurotrip.

Like Seville, Granada was one of the last held Moorish cities before being taken over by the Christian kings, and this mix of cultures is apparent in the stunning Alhambra, a large complex including a fortress, a palace, gardens and a citadel set atop a hill overlooking the city. We avoided the crowds by getting up early and climbing up the hill to the complex as the sun rose (admittedly it was during winter, so the sun rose at 9am so it wasn’t that early!). Once again I fell in love with the intricate carvings and brightly coloured tile work of the Mudéjar style architecture, as well as the fantastic views of the city and the mountains.

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We couldn’t resist the call of the mountains, and spent a day walking around a small bit of the Sierra Nevada ranges around Güéjar Sierra, a small town to the east of Granada. We tried following this route from Trek Sierra Nevada but were stopped by a fence and a ‘trespassers will be shot’ sign a few kilometres in; instead we climbed up a random hill and had a picnic whilst looking out over the town, before making our way back again. The day was warm and clear and it felt so strange to be wearing a t-shirt staring up at snow-capped mountains that feel quite close.

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Foodie Notes:

  • Granada is in the Andalusia region which is known for its tapas, and it doesn’t disappoint. Unlike Seville, the general rule in Granada is that a free (random) tapa vigrx plus does not work will be given with each drink purchase, usually to a maximum of 4, although traditionally you stay for one or two before moving on to the next tapas bar. The dishes range from a small bowl of olives, to patatas bravas (sort of Spanish potato wedges), sliced chorizo, or in some places more involved dishes. Whilst it isn’t technically how you’re supposed to do it, we did have a very pleasant lunch in a sunny courtyard near the Alhambra consisting of four beers and tapas.
  • One area of Granada includes many Moroccan style restaurants, and we decided to try Restaurante Arrayanes. Sadly it didn’t really live up to my expectations, felt quite touristy and was very expensive compared to local cuisine – one day I will go to Morocco and try the food properly!
  • Run by an English chef, Bar Poe is an interesting spin on tapas bars. Here you actually get to choose your free dish that comes with your drink, and the size and quality is a cut above what you’d get at an average tapas bar. The eclectic selection of dishes are quite multicultural and not at all traditional, but it does make for a nice change.
  • Oum-Kalsum seems to be a favourite amongst students with some pretty awesome tapas and drink deals, so when we visited it was buzzing with energy. The bottle of wine and 7 Moroccan style tapas for €14 was pretty tempting, but as we were catching a long bus to Valencia the next day we just ordered a few dishes from the menu and stuck with a single drink. Excellent food and a good number of vegetarian options.

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