November 14th, 2007 – by: kezza82
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.
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....