Granada was short but sweet (just like it’s namesake fruit)! In case you didn’t know, granada is Spanish for “pomegranate.” This becomes very evident after arriving in Granada, as there are symbols of the fruit everywhere from sewage grates to street signs.
Our first stop in Granada was the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a palace / fortress that dates back to AD 889. Like the majority of the historical constructions in Spain, the Alhambra has evidence of both Islamic and Renaissance style. It was incredibly gorgeous and we walked over three miles on our tour. There was so much to see! There are also some fabulous views throughout the tour (as always here in Spain!).
After the Alhambra, we embarked on a “tapas hopping” adventure. Tapas hopping is when you go to several different restaurants and get a drink and a tapa, or several tapas, at each place. This is pretty common in Spanish culture; mi amigas and I have enjoyed tapas hopping throughout Sevilla and the other cities we have visited. One thing unique to Granada is that for each drink you buy at a restaurant, they will give you a tapa for free. We definitely took advantage of this! By the end of the night, we had visited four restaurants and we were all very full.
After dinner, we headed back to our hotel. The hotel was definitely nicer than were anticipating and it was there that I had the best sleep I’ve had in Spain thus far!
After a good night’s rest, we went to the Albaicín. The Albaicín is a district in Granada that is known for its narrow winding streets and the incredible reflection of it’s Moorish past. We visited a local market where you could buy Moroccan tea, tapestries, or handmade jewelry.
We decided to have lunch at a local tapas restaurant (mainly so that we would get a free tapa with our caña, s/o Granada). We then headed to the city center and got some churros con chocolate before boarding the bus back to Sevilla.
All in all, a fantastic weekend was had by all – and we still have Sunday to play back home in Sevilla!