Alhambra & Flaminco Dancing

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One of several pools in the Palacio Nazaries

Ahhh Alhambra.  Granada is probably my favorite city in Spain, and the Alhambra is my favorite site to visit.  We got a relaxed later start to the day.  We had reservations for the Palacios Nazaries for 1pm so we got ourselves up, had breakfast, and got to the Alhambra site at 11am.

There are a few things we had to do to prepare for our visit.  While at home, weeks ago, we purchased our tickets on line.  This was a lot easier then waiting in the lines, and I´ve read in many different places that the reservations are often taken if you just show up at the door.  We were also able to pick a good time for our Palacio visit.  Your general admission into the Alhambra includes admission to the Palacio Nazaries, for many this is the most exciting part of the visit.

Kim and I on top of Alcazaba
  Since the Palacio is so popular they limit access.  Each person is given a reservation time and they must enter at that time.  By booking online we were able to select our time and chose 1pm so we wouldn´t be too rushed.

We took the bus from the old city part of Granada, near our hotel.  Alhambra is located at the top of the hill, like all good forts, so the hike would have been a bit grueling. 

We wandered around the Palace of King Charles V, a Christian king who had the palace built after expelling the moorish rulers.  Then we looked at the Alcazaba which is the fort portion of the Alhambra palace.  By this time was when it was time for us to see the Palacio.  It was every bit as interesting as it was the first time I came here.

Kim in the Generalife
 

Inside of the Palacio there are several plazas with running water and fish.  Kim and I saw a cat hunting for the fish...and he even caught one.   How cool!

The final portion of our visit was the Generlife which I enjoy as much as the rest of Alhambra, but our feet were tired so we took a walk through and then left.  What a good start to the day.  I wasn´t even upset when a bird pooped on my head because I had so much fun there.

From Alhambra we took a different bus out of there which took us to the Albayzin neighborhood.  We were arriving late in the afternoon, around 5pm and got to the San Nicolas viewpoint without problems.  This location is great because it´s near the top of a hill directly opposite the hill that Alhambra sits on.

The path in Alhambra towards the Alcazaba and Charles V Palace
   The view was amazing.  We wandered the area, initially following the Rick Steves guide, but then just sitting and having an early dinner / late lunch.

After walking down the hill and resting briefly at our hotel we kept the day interesting by taking a bus to the Sacromonte neighborhood and watching true Fleminco dancing.  This was a much better experience then I had on my last trip.  It was a family which included four women, two men, and a guitarrist.  They sang, danced, and clapped in a really neat way which kept us interested the whole time.  It all took place in a small cave like hall where chairs were set up around the edges.  The performers danced directly in front of us.  I could feel the wind pass me by as they spun. 

We walked down hill back to town from there and slept like rocks. 

cotterb says:
My camera was broken so I replaced it on the boat...now I´ve got pictures!
Posted on: May 22, 2010
cotterb says:
I was able to get the videos posted, but I couldn´t tell my story in the short time we had available to us. I´ll catch up....I promise.
Posted on: May 17, 2010
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One of several pools in the Palac…
Kim and I on top of Alcazaba
Kim and I on top of Alcazaba
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Kim in the Generalife
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Inside of the Palacio Nazaries
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Inside the Palace of Generalife
Inside the Palace of Generalife
Inside the Palace of Generalife
Inside the Palace of Generalife
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On the bus to the Albayzin neighb…
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The St Nicolas overlook
The St Nicolas overlook
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