We’ve spent the past couple of days exploring Granada, visiting the Cathedral with its black and white tiled floor, huge pillars and painted and gilded chapel.
The area surrounding the cathedral is lined with cafés and restaurants and we were lucky to find one at the back of the cathedral, Siloe café and grill, for a good meal at the end of the day.
Our visit to the Alhambra Palace was not a disappointment, it was the second visit for us and I think even more enjoyable than the first time, maybe because it was a different time of year, we previously visited in March or maybe due to the fact that we were with Gloria and Alan, that’s what they like to think! Who knows, but the Palacios Nazaries was still awe inspiring with its decorative facades and tiled and ornate walls.
After our visit to the Alhambra and stopping for a brief refreshment and tapa in Plaza Nuevo, we climbed uphill through the Albayzin, Granada’s old Muslim quarter, to the Mirador Saint Nicholas, a lookout with stunning views of the Alhambra Palace and the Sierra Nevada,
We walked back down to the centre of Granada through the cobbled streets of the Albayzin and the Calle Caldereria Nueva that links the upper and lower parts of the Albayzin, a good place to shop for slippers, jewellery and North African pottery and lights, similar to a Moroccan souk. Here you can also find the teterias, tea shops.
The best place for free tapas that we found was along Calle Navas, close to the Ayuntanmieto (town hall) and leads onto Calle Rosario and Plaza de los Campos. We also enjoyed the buzz around Plaza Bib-Rambla and the area around the Cathedral.
It was fun to spend some evenings exploring the city, we caught the bus to and from the campsite and although it was still about a 15-minute walk from where the bus dropped us off, it was good. One evening we caught a taxi back to the campsite, being a bit late and having already walked 25,000 steps that day, we deserved it.
After 2 days of walking Granada, we felt very lazy and had our last day staying at the campsite, relaxing by the swimming pool where Gloria and Alan joined us in the afternoon and we continued into the evening with a BBQ.
We loved Camping Reina Isabel in Zubia and would stay there again. Best to reserve if you can as it is very popular and not very big, including the pitch sizes but an easy location to go into the city by bus and good facilities, plenty of hot water in the showers and a lovely swimming pool!
We left Granada yesterday and have now arrived in Cordoba, which is very hot and stifling. We are staying on an Aire close to the city for the next couple of days whilst Gloria and Alan, live it up in a lovely hotel opposite the Mezquita. More on Cordoba to follow later!