Some cities have the power to make you feel something special. To me, Granada is one of them. Whenever I hear its name, my mind wanders in a sweet reverie. I see myself walking in its narrow stone-paved roads. I can feel the bright Andalusia’s sun reflecting on its whitewashed buildings and Moorish architectural remains…
Granada is all about history and mesmerizing landmarks.
The city unfolds its charms at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Once the heart of a powerful Moorish kingdom, and also home to a vibrant Jewish community, Granada has a rich multicultural history. One of its many wonders is the Alhambra, a royal palace and fortress built mostly during the 13th and 14th centuries.
Perched on a hill above the modern town, the Alhambra has always fascinated its many visitors. Looking at its impressively thick walls, it’s impossible to imagine how detailed and delicate its interiors are. Almost every single corner of every wall is carved beautifully, especially in the Nasrid Palace. The magnificence of it all is breathtaking. And there’s more! The many rooms open on courtyards that are filled with luxuriant gardens where water is omnipresent. It flows out of fountains and cascades into canals or reflecting pools. Simply charming.
As a Moorish poet once said, the Alhambra is like a pearl set in emeralds.
East of the Alhambra, on the other side of a ravine, stands the Generalife, the summer villa of Granada’s Muslim kings. The Generalife was built so the royalty could enjoy nature’s tranquility while staying close to their palace. Here, gardens and running water predominate over the buildings. One of the gardens, the Courtyard of the Cypress, is thought to be the best preserved medieval Persian garden in all Andalusia. A sight not to be missed! From there, you also have a beautiful view of the Alhambra and the Albayzín.
The Albayzín is one of Granada’s oldest neighbourhood. Walking in its narrow streets, surrounded by whitewashed buildings and centuries-old churches, you are transported back in time. From it’s many plazas and miradors, you have a gorgeous view of the city and of the mountains. Best of all is the view of the Alhambra. Nowhere in Granada will you find a better spot to admire it than from the Plaza de San Nicolas.
Even though its most popular attractions are related to its past, Granada has a vibrant downtown and a student-driven nightlife. Countless restaurants, cafes and bars are yours to explore and enjoy. In every bar, with each drink you order, you’ve got a free tapas!
Vegetarian and Vegan Food
Granada is a very veg-friendly city and home to one of my favorite vegan restaurant ever: the Paprika. To this day, I dream about their amazing spring rolls and fajitas! Everything is so fresh and tasty, and there are many gluten-free options. Never before have I tasted such delicious food! If you’re curious about vegan food, don’t hesitate to eat there. You won’t be disappointed!
Granada is one of the most beautiful city I’ve seen so far. It should definitely be on your list if you are to visit Spain.
What about you? Have you ever been to Granada? If not, would you like to go?
See you in the comments and thanks for reading!
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