Next Travel Stop – Granada and the Alhambra

One of the things I most wanted to do in Spain was to see the Alhambra, which meant planning to head over to Granada as our next travel stop. When we were in the planning stages, the Fashion Mister asked me one evening, “How important is seeing the Alhambra to you”? My first thought was, “he want’s to skip it”, so I lowered my head and gave him the evil eye while saying, “WHY?”. He came back with the best surprise, “Because I can book us into the hotel that is actually on the grounds of the Alhambra which will give us access to some of the grounds before and after the crowds”.

That earned a big smile and hug from me!

So after leaving Vejer de la Frontera, our next stop was Granada to spend the night on the grounds of the Alhambra in what used to be convent.

The Hotel Paradore at the Alhambra - the old convent

The Hotel Paradore at the Alhambra – the old convent

We stayed at the Hotel Paradore, which was once a convent and is on the grounds of the Alhambra. You actually have to clear security to drive up to it.

We decided down the hill to Granada for lunch. The weather was nice and the town was packed because it was the day after Halloween, All Saints Day, which is a HUGE holiday and family day. We squeezed onto a standing table outside, had some fried anchovies and fried eggplant with a couple of beers and then just started wandering around the old town.

 

A bridge in Old Granada

A bridge in Old Granada

Looking to Alhambra from old town Granada

Looking to Alhambra from old town Granada

Very determined tree - Granada Spain 2012

Very determined tree – Granada Spain 2012

Is there such a thing as a determined tree? The Fashion Mister thought this tree had a great will to survive and grow where it was and I would have to agree!

Side Streets in Granada Spain

Side Streets in Granada Spain

Granada Spain - 2012

Granada Spain – 2012

Granada has a great University and apparently lots of international young ones come over to study Spanish. They soon find that they learn more by hanging out in the pubs and cafe’s than in class!

Church in old town Granada

Church in old town Granada

Because we originally had only planned to be in Granada so we could see the Alhambra, we had planned to arrive in the morning have the rest of the day to wander. Check out bits of the Alhambra by evening and do an actual tour of the Alhambra the next day before leaving for Madrid. We both wish we had planned for more time in Granada and when we get back to Spain, there will be more days in Granada, as well as, a few days in Malaga – which we drove past and decided we would like to check it out.

Tomorrow I’ll share some of the pics from our time at Alhambra. Hope you are enjoying our travel stop in Granada!

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