Granada Travel Blog› entry 19 of 27 › view all entries
Although on first sight, Granada is just another big town in southern Spain, we were completely awestruck with our visit to the Alhambra. It includes a fortress, Islamic and Renaissance palaces and the most amazingly beautiful gardens we have ever seen. We were very impressed! Water is a big feature of the gardens, as well as the Islamic palaces because of its importance in the Muslim faith, but also because of the peacefulness and reflections that it creates, breaking up the lines of the buildings. The Islamic palaces are plain on the outside, but exquitely decorated in wood panelling, ceramic tiles and carved plaster. The rooms all face onto the central courtyard. We thought we´d be there for an hour, but we spent almost 5 hours there!
Granada is also home to free tapas (when you buy a drink). We love free food, so this is a bonus!!
We also walked ourselves around the Albayzin, which is an old district of Granada, previously populated by the Islamic, containing many beautiful ´carmen´ houses. It now seems to house the local hippy population, along with a fair few cafes and souvenir shops...