Granada and a night tour of the Alhambra

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on the road to Granada
Leaving Gibraltar around 5 pm, we arrived in Granada after 7pm. The town traffic was a mess, many streets were blocked off for Holy Week processions. We showed our reservation to a policeman and he let us through the blockade, and gave us directions to the hotel. We found a parking structure a few blocks from the hotel, and it even had a space for us, one of the last! Driving in the blocked off streets was challenging, we drove slowly and waited for people to get off the middle of the street! Anyway, we managed to get to our hotel and checked in before 8pm. We didn't know quite what to expect of this hotel, but it turned out to be a very nice one. We had a huge porch, the room was not too big, but the furnishings were new and modern.
on the road to Granada
We had a night time reservation 10pm at the Alhambra, so we didn't really have a lot of time for dinner tonight. We headed out to the Alhambra on foot, and stopped at a sushi restaurant on the way for a quick bite to eat. It turned out the staff were Chinese!

At the Alhambra, the entrance was at the far end, almost 15 minute walk from the Justice Gate and we had to get our tickets there. They had machines for people who had purchased tickets by credit card, and there was a big line. It turned out that most of these people shouldn't have been in line here, they either did not have the credit card used to buy the ticket under reservation online, or they didn't have any reservation at all. Hmm. That was a good waste of at least another 15 minutes. After we got our tickets from the machine (and tomorrow's daytime tickets too, so we don't have to do this again tomorrow), we walked back to the palace.
on the road to Granada
There is a lot of walking for sure.
The night tours of the Alhambra were something different and looked really interesting from the Rick Steve's tourbook on Spain, and I got the tickets several months ago. There were not as big a crowd, but definitely still many people. The night tickets only included the palace, tomorrow we will come back and see it again in daylight, and also the other parts of the Alhambra. It was well lit, but not enough to read our guide book. So we just wandered around, and enjoyed the somewhat magical atmosphere of this 14th century palace with really amazing Moorish style architecture and designs. The ceilings of the rooms were carved wood, elaborately carved and painted. The walls are ceramic tiles or plaster which were molded, and looked like carvings too.
on the road to Granada, the snowy Sierra Nevada and city of Granada below
Water was a big thing in the Alhambra, fountains, pools, passageways on the floor in the rooms. I highly recommend a visit at night if you are in Granada more than a day.
After spending as much time as we could in the palace, we walked through the Charles V palace next door too. It is a circular structure with a big open oval courtyard in the middle. Well-lit and interesting, although not fancifully decorated as the Palacios Nazaries we just came from.
Before midnight we made our way back into town, and the streets of Granada were still full of people! We stopped at an ice cream store and got some ice cream cones! That was a total surprise when we bit into the cone part, it is so tasty, not the cheap air filled plastic tasting ones we had in the US, but really good! The ice cream double scoop of any two flavors were a large serving, and served well as our dessert before going back to the hotel.
It's really fun to walk around at night in these Spanish old cities, Seville was great, and here in Granada, it was lively and fun too.
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on the road to Granada
on the road to Granada
on the road to Granada
on the road to Granada
on the road to Granada
on the road to Granada
on the road to Granada, the snowy …
on the road to Granada, the snowy…
Our hotel room in Granada, room is…
Our hotel room in Granada, room i…
it has a huge porch
it has a huge porch
the porchis actually larger than t…
the porchis actually larger than …
bathroom
bathroom
the hotel room
the hotel room
view of Alhambra from the hotel ro…
view of Alhambra from the hotel r…
view from hotel roof
view from hotel roof
ceiling of a room in the Alhambra
ceiling of a room in the Alhambra
the first courtyard in the Alhambra
the first courtyard in the Alhambra
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
fancy arches leading to the court …
fancy arches leading to the court…
beautiful carved ceiling in the Al…
beautiful carved ceiling in the A…
beautiful carved ceiling in the Al…
beautiful carved ceiling in the A…
archways in the Alhambra
archways in the Alhambra
in the Court of the Lions in the A…
in the Court of the Lions in the …
domed ceiling
domed ceiling
wow! what a ceiling!
wow! what a ceiling!
Ceiling of the Boat Room in the Al…
Ceiling of the Boat Room in the A…
what a wall!
what a wall!
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra
great stone walls of the palace
great stone walls of the palace
Charles Vs palace
Charles V's palace
Charles Vs palace
Charles V's palace
Charles Vs palace
Charles V's palace
view of the fort
view of the fort
a church on the Alhambra
a church on the Alhambra
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