First stop – Granada!
After landing on Malaga airport, our journey started next morning on the road with the Fiat 500. The road trip that is going to take us along the Spanish coast line was off to a great start.
Granada – a hot tourist destination?
If I could only describe Granada in one word, I’d say it’s ‘hot’!
Known for its dry climate that in the summertime reaches up to 40 degrees, Granada’s weather did not disappoint. We were welcomed by lovely 45°C which made us appreciate the shade in Generalife Gardens even more. All jokes aside, my first impression was really positive! Granada has a lot to offer to anyone who enjoys delicious food, picturesque side streets and grand monuments that are truly impressive.
What to see and do in 24 hours?
It is located right in the city centre and it is considered to be the first Renaissance church in Spain. It was built by Queen Isabella right after the conquest of Granada.
Located on a rocky hill on the banks of river Darrp. The Alhambra is one of the most visited monuments in Spain and well worth visiting. It is known as the ‘Palace city’. There you can visit Nasrid Palaces Alhambra, Carlos V Palace, Medina, Generalife Garden. Make sure to purchase tickets online, as it can get hard to get tickets to visit the Nasrid Palace, which is known as the most beautiful part of Alhambra.
The historical town of Granada has six main districts: The Realejo, The Cartuja, Bib-Rambla, Sacromonte, Albaicin and Zaidin. Depending on how much time you’ve got on your hands, I’d suggest simply wandering around and getting lost in the city. There are many beautiful historical sights scattered throughout Granada that makes walking around very appealing.
How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!
– Ernest Hemingway
Where to eat? – El Pescaito de Carmela
Stopped by for a quick lunch break on our way to Alhambra, and returned for dinner. Delicious food, genuinely nice staff.
Amazing sea food!
Where to sleep? – Apartamentos Real Suites Granada
We stayed in the apartment in the city centre area. I’d strongly suggest this one, as it was really spacious and modern. An easy walk from the apartment you will find the famous Cathedral and lots of shops and tapas bars, therefore it makes up for an amazing starting point to explore the city.
In the end, Granada is a city that’s well worth your time – affordable, great architecture, amazing foods and rich history.
What else could you ask for? But I do think I might have to return one day, as there are many things we did not see and do because of the unbearably hot weather.
I will share more posts from the road trip in Spain in the next weeks.
If you can’t wait that long, I invite you to browse through some of my previous travels.
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