Granada is the gem of Andalusia, an amazing place where flamingo dancing, tapas and history flow into one single stream of joy.
The mixture of European and Moor history still visible today makes it easy to fall in love with Granada. Or are it the impressive Sierra Nevada mountains that form a dramatic backdrop for a perfect city trip.
Around every corner in the Albaicín, the historic Arab quarter, a new surprise is waiting – with cobblestone streets, decorated walls and arches.
From the taste of Islamic culture it is a nice walk to the “holy mountain” – the Sacromonte – where those who were cast away from “normal” society found a place to live. In the 18th Century the Gypsies turned the area into theirs, in cave homes on the hills with a curving river valley and lush meadows below. After the cave homes white houses were introduced, and more artists who decorated the place flocked here. Thanks also to the mountain views you feel a world away from the buzz of Granada’s modern city centre.
Coming back to that modern heart you feel it is difficult to say goodbye to gorgeous Granada. Because it is so alive! Taking it easy at Paseo de los Tristes is quickly exchanged for a procession on Plaza Nuevo and from there good food and a very tasty beer or wine are awaiting in the tapas bars in the proximity, of which Bodegas Castañeda has turned into a personal favourite.
Throwing a respectful glance back at the proud Alhambra palace, Granada slowly disappears in the rear-view mirror as the road ahead is further inland. |
This story was originally published through Made By Magmar, a joint project of journalist/photographer Marcel Burger and engineer/editor/photographer Magdalena Pezdek, on 12 June 2018.