Spain for the Short of Attention Span – Part 7 – Granada

Granada is very photogenic, as evidenced by the fact that I took about six bazillion photos there.  (You are getting a brutally edited version, partly because I don’t want to bore you with all my holiday snaps and partly because I do not have the patience to wait for them all to upload.)


I’m not going to say much here. Granada is great. You should go. When you go, you should check out the Albacin and you should see the Alhambra Palace, both from the inside and from the Mirador de San Nicolas. You will have to book tickets for the Alhambra a few days in advance if you want to get in, so this is a situation where you should plan ahead if you have limited time.

You should also check out the many plazas and walk along the river at the base of the hill. You should not bother with the hop on hop off tour, but you should try to take a walking tour in the Albacin. It’s hilly.  Consider yourself warned.  The Cathedral is lovely and near it is a spice/tea/dried fruit/candy market that’s pretty lush.

We found the restaurants in Granada to be excellent and the exception to my rule about avoiding restaurants on big squares.  Perhaps because there are so many big squares.  Well, it’s a semi-exception.  There was definitely a premium on the beautiful locations.  But the food was good.

A brief aside – When Napoleon took over Granada, he tried to blow up the Alhambra palace. He only partially succeeded. This sort of thing just pisses me right off. If you absolutely must go around conquering places, is it too much to ask that you just take over the gorgeous ones? Is it completely necessary to destroy them? Note to megalomaniacs everywhere: When implementing world domination plans, do not blow up breathtaking architectural treasures.  That kind of behaviour just makes you look like an ass.


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