Like much of Spain, Granada is rich in culture, has what seems like endless amounts of spectacular cobbled streets to get lost in and is home to Moorish palaces that take your breath away. ‘Granada is the land of a thousand castles’, that’s the one liner that The Lonely Planet fed us which caught our attention and put Granada on our radar. We however, very nearly didn’t make it, after our credit card details were stolen and booking tickets to the Alhambra online became an obstacle that seemed too hard to achieve. The Alhambra’s allure however, was too much to ignore and despite everyone’s advice to book tickets as early as possible, we decided to turn up ticketless in the hope we could get tickets to the UNESCO World Heritage site on the day.
Things started looking up when we arrived at our accommodation, Granada Inn Backpackers Hostel. We were upgraded to a suite, who knew hostels offered such luxuries, and were informed that the hostel reserved tickets to the Alhambra, that we were able to purchase.
On our first day in Granada we did a walking tour, which weaved its way through the magnificent streets and ended at the spectacular St Nicholas Lookout, which gives you panoramic views of the Alhambra. We then spent the evening exploring the beautiful outer gardens of the Palace.
On our second day in Granada we woke up early and made our way to the Alhambra. For us, this is Spain’s most impressive attraction and we spent the whole day wandering through the magnificent buildings and exquisite gardens.
Sometimes when you are travelling you book things that seem like a bargain at the time, not thinking about the impracticality of them. That was us when we decided to book a 12 hour overnight bus from Granada to San Sebastian. So, when the dreaded day came that we were to embark on what we were telling ourselves would be an adventure, we decided the best thing to do would be to burn as much energy as we could during the day. In Granada this meant walking up to the Sacramento Lookout.
Before we arrived, Granada was a city that we associated with a stolen credit card and a 12 hour bus trip. Now we think of Granada as a city of surprises and one we fell in love with!