Granada

Finally, we arrive in Granada, aka the last stop on our frantic two week tour of Andalucia and home of the most impressive alcazar around, the Alhambra (#teamalcazar).

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Granada
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Our hood – the Albaicin
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Looking across to the Alhambra from our apartment
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The mighty Alhambra in all its glory

Initially built around 900 AD, the Alhambra was expanded into an opulent Nasrid dynasty palace in the 1300s by the Sultan of Granada. In the 1490s the Christian monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella took over the joint and made it their royal court, because obviously you would. They weren’t fools. The buildings are mostly made of red clay from the local area, giving it a very fetching glow along with its name (Alhambra = the red).

The very first thing one reads when planning a trip to Granada is to book Alhambra tickets immediately, so the whole trip ends up being structured around your precious ticketed time slot. We ended up with day and night visit tickets on the same day – when too much Alhambra is barely enough. Actually not true – turns out you can have too much Alhambra… this post would be twice as long had my camera not given up the ghost due to extreme overuse at the start of the night tour.

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Our entry time was ridiculously early… like dawn kind of early
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Alcazaba military area
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Nasrid Palaces

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Court of the Lions

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Hall of the Abencerrajes

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Be sure to ask Ant about his TV series concept ‘The Cats of Alhambra’ next time you speak to him…
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The Partal

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Palacio de Generalife

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This staircase had water rushing down the bannister channels – defs going in my Grand Designs dream house
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Palacio de Carlos V

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Night visit to the Nasrid Palaces

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More plot inspiration for ‘The Cats of Alhambra’…

Aaaand that’s the end of that, thanks to Canon’s workmanship and the Alhambra’s ridiculous opulence causing sudden and traumatic camera death. Despite the technological casualties, it was cool getting a chance to visit the Nasrid palaces twice – we definitely saw a few new things the second time round. Upon reflection, we have one key piece of advice for future Andalusian travellers: visit the Alhambra last, or the other alcazars on your trip will pale in comparison.

The following day – our last non-travel day of the trip – was spent in a much less structured manner. We’d heard about Granada’s street art scene – spearheaded by El Niño de las Pinturas (‘the Child of the Paintings’ aka ‘Granada’s Banksy’) – so went to find some examples.

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Pretty good. Of course, I was mostly motivated by wanting to take my unborn child on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Placeta Joe Strummer. In his own words, Joe reacted to the demise of the Clash in the 80s as follows: “I just went, ‘Well fuck this,’ and fucked off to the mountains of Spain to sit sobbing under a palm tree”. It seems fitting that there is now a city square in Granada named after him, even if some inconsiderate crack head has since painted over the accompanying mural.

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Highlight of the trip
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A total dick move

We also ate some more tapas and drank some suitably local beer and hiked up above the city to watch the sunset. In a cruel twist of fate, non-alcoholic beer is given the total misnomer of ‘Alhambra Sin’… uh, more like ‘Alhambra Lame’ or something, amirite?

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His ‘n’ hers cervesas
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Taberna la Tana – tomato never tasted so good
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A large and intense mound of Morcilla blood sausage that almost defeated Ant
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View from Ermita de San Miguel Alto
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One last sneaky Alhambra shot

And so ends our Spanish odyssey – now I just need to start planning a return trip once I am allowed to drink wine and eat ham and other suspect meat products again…

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2 thoughts on “Granada

  1. This blog has been your best. I have been to the Alhambra but your photos make me think I saw nothing. Your images are spectacular from the light as you first entered to capturing all the exquisite detail. Thanks for sharing all in the blog. I am sure all the baby blogs to come will outstrip all this with your wit and humour, but your photos and your words were so special this time. T

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  2. Thanks Toni – if it makes you feel better, I felt like I was seeing it all again for the first time when going through the photos too!! I had nearly forgotten half of what we saw by the time I got around to writing it up (serves me right for leaving it so long) 🙂 I am interested to see what happens in my transition to ‘mummy blogger’ too… it should provide some fertile territory!

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