Granada and Cordoba :: My One Week Andalucia Road trip
|Generalife Gardens of Alhambra in Granada|
|The arches in the Mesquita of Cordoba|
We decided not to stay in Cordoba but chose to drive on to Granada about 2 hour drive, where I had booked a night visit to see the famous Alhambra, a palace and fortress that is a World Heritage site. Tip: The Alhambra is immensely popular in the summer and I would recommend buying tickets (via Ticketmaster) as soon as possible.
|View from Iznajar|
On the way to the
After stopping at Iznajar, we reached
pretty late and I had picked a hotel
near the Alhambra in the old district of Albayzin. I’m not going to recommend this hotel as it was rather difficult to get to by car and the staff and management
were not the friendliest. The rooms were adequate but it was the most expensive
of all the hotel rooms we paid for during the trip and by far, our least
favourite. I guess we were paying for the location since it was right at the
bottom of the hill the Alhambra is on. Granada
Tired and hungry, we picked the first restaurant along the water outside our hotel which was a bit of mistake. The food wasn't that great and was quite expensive. In fact, it was far more expensive than the best meal we had in Seville at La Brunilda. I would recommend walking out Plaza Neuva and finding a local tapas bar. We later found a place that offered a free tapa with every drink you ordered – and they were delicious! It was so incredible – I didn't think such places existed. We actually had to ask them to stop giving us free food because I was stuffed!
|The Alhambra at night|
And then I saw it – in the dark, 'The Red Castle' glows a beautiful golden ochre colour and it took my breath away. Despite my tiredness and exhaustion, I couldn't deny how utterly beautiful and ethereal it is. Entering inside and seeing the Alhambra up close, I was amazed the beauty and creativity of all those intricate carvings and geometric designs on the walls and ceilings. I fell in love with one of the rooms that had an exquisite dome made of 8000 wooden pieces to look like stars in the midnight sky.
So in the end, everyone was right. All the guidebooks, all the reviews, everything I read about it. The Alhambara is simply magical and certainly, one of Spain's historic treasures and architectural gems.
|The interiors of the Alhambra in Granada|
|The Prayer Wall of the Mesquita in Cordoba|
Coming next: Visiting Marbella and then relaxing at the beautiful Vejer..