Alhambra and mountains

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Alhambra
I spent the next day at the Alhambra, the main tourist attraction in Granada. It's a huge area overlooking the city that has been used as a fortress and for religious purposes. It has both an Arabic and Christian influence... really different to any of the ruins I'd seen previously. The gardens there are spectacular and I spent around 5 hours wandering them and the old ruins/palaces. After that, it was time to sample some of the local delicacies, including falafel, baclava and hot chocolate with churros... yum! That evening, the hostel provided a cheap 'all you can eat' scrumptious dinner and free Spanish lessons. Mind you, my Spanish is still terrible! Despite this, Oasis was one of the best hostels I stayed in - It had a great vibe, and you can't go wrong with free walking and tapas tours!

My final day in Granada was spent with an American and two Frenchmen.
Alhambra
We hired a car together and drove the highest road in Europe to visit La Alpujarra mountain region. We visited several towns including Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira. Each has a Moroccan influence and apparently an incarnation of Buddha was discovered by the Dalai Lama here too! After hiking between the towns and a lovely lunch, we decided it was time to hit the beach! So off we drove to the Mediterranean to paddle our feet and watch the sunset... aah, it's a tough life! We had dinner together at a restaurant called Kasbah. I couldn't help but be reminded of one of my favourite songs - rock the casbah. What a day! However, it was time to move on.. yet again....

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Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
View from the Alhambra
View from the Alhambra
Gardens of the Alhambra
Gardens of the Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Ruins in Alhambra fortress
Ruins in Alhambra fortress
Gardens in Alhambra
Gardens in Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Steve eating yummy hot chocolate a…
Steve eating yummy hot chocolate …
Granada
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