Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Traveling: The Spell Of Granada

(Drivebycuriosity) - My wife and I were traveling in Spain. After Toledo, Madrid & Sevilla we went to Granada. The city sits about 2,400 feet (700 meters) above sea level and lays at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, a partly snow covered mountain chain (up to 3,400 meters/11,000 feet). Granada is famous for the Alhambra, a fortress complex mostly build in the 13tbh century by Arab rulers.

We got under the spell of Granada because of her intense beauty. Her fascinating architecture is embedded into an amazing landscape. We could see snow covered mountains and the majestic towers of the Alhambra above a cluster of charming buildings.

Even that the city lays in the mountains we observed many lush gardens and plenty trees full with ripe oranges.

                                                     Traveling Back In Time

The medieval center has the typical maze of narrow streets and there are many steps to the higher neighborhoods. Walking there is like traveling back in time.

Above some of the architectural jewels of this place.

There were of course enough scenic street cafes & bodegas (wine bars & simple restaurants) were we could relax and recover from climbing the steps.

Granada`s spell seems to attract a lot of hippies & bohemians. We could see a lot avantgard street art on the walls.

We stayed in a hotel called monastery. The budget place belongs to a chain but is apparently operated by monks. The breakfast there was awful & spartan and it was noisy thanks to a huge sporting place which is illuminated most of the night. But the beautiful design of the building & the patio comforted us somewhat for that.

We are still under the spell of Granada.

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