The city of Granada, Spain, is well known for one main reason: the Alhambra, Spain's most visited tourist sight. And while Granada is a pretty Spanish city, probably the only reason you'd come here and not visit the Alhambra is because you didn't book your tickets ahead of time, and it was fully booked during your stay. We booked our tickets almost three months in advance, and even then, there were already a number of tickets bought up. We had read about this on pretty much every site talking about Granada, and yet we still met people who were trying to get tickets upon arrival (lady in the ticket office who was incensed that she could not buy tickets for the following day; two young backpackers who were walking up the hill after noon while we were on our way down).
Granada is attractive enough that it wouldn't be a total disaster if you missed the Alhambra, but let me be clear: Do not miss the Alhambra.
After a GPS mixup and a strong helping hand from Miguel, our apartment owner, we rolled into town in the early afternoon and managed to find a parking spot a few minutes walk from our flat. It was tiny, but it was perfect.
|Living/bedroom of our apartment, patio out the door to the left. Yes, that is the Alhambra in our living room window.|
|What a glorious morning|
|Maybe it wouldn't be quite so amazing on a dull, cloudy day, but we didn't have to worry about that.|
|Gate at the Generalife|
|View from the top at the Generalife|
|The red, black, and white poster is for a meeting about "employers who are wanting to make slaves of workers in the hospitality industry." I expect I would have enjoyed attending.|
|View of the Alhambra (right) and the Generalife (far left) from Mirador San Nicolas|
|Broader view of the plaza that draws a crowd throughout the day.|
Books about our travels can be found here.