Granada, this little piece of earth with 237.000 inhabitants, located in the south of Spain in Andalucía, is a phenomenon! I had no idea what to expect before I started my trip there and was surprised in the most positive way. Here’s why: First of all Granada is a cultural highlight in Spain as it combines Arabic, Jewish and Catholic culture and religion. Second, because even though it can be very hot in summer, you still have the Sierra Nevada covered with snow nearby and beautiful mountains and hills all around the city. And third, Granada has incredibly beautiful sights. I have never really considered myself a person who is extraordinarily interested in sights and history but Granada really changed my mind about it. Have a look at those precious places and maybe it will change your opinion, too!
For sure this palace complex of Arabic architecture is THE sight of Granada. Tickets are sold out normally in advance for the next two or three months so better plan your trip around the date you can get a ticket for the Alhambra. Or simply do it like we did and try to do everything you can to get inside spontaneously. The first thing we tried was asking in the local Alhambra ticket shop and it ended with an incredibly unfriendly woman telling us there are no tickets left with a bright grin on her face. Yeah, thanks. There is also a Granada Card which combines various sights for about 30€ but this one was sold out as well. We didn’t give up and after reading on various internet threads that you can queue in the morning before the ticket desk at the Alhambra opens at 8AM. We read you should be there at 7AM, we were told by the tourist information that people actually start queuing at 5AM. We decided on a compromise and were there at 6.45AM, which was still super early in the morning. And believe it or not, there were already around 50 people waiting before us. When the ticket counter finally opened they let in around 20 people and then informed us that there were no tickets left. Still standing in the queue, we quickly got our phones out and while thanking God for mobile internet we booked tickets for a night tour the next day. We found that webpage a day before and kept it as our plan B, which turned out to be our only and last chance in the end. It was a one and a half hour guided tour around the palaces at night which was definitely worth the 25€. The Alhambra is an incredible place that looked mysterious and beautiful at the same time under the moonlight. Take a look at my little collection of Alhambra pictures I took and dive into an impressive piece of Arabic culture in Spain!
- Homepage: http://www.alhambra.org/
- Webpage where we got our last minute tickets: http://entradasparalaalhambra.es/
- Granada Card: http://www.granadatur.com/granada-card
- Prices: between 8,00€ and 49,00€ (this expensive only with guided tours through all of the palaces)
Fundación Rodríguez Acosta
Located on the same hill as the Alhambra is a sight which is not as famous as others in Granada but for sure one of the most beautiful ones. The Fundación Rodríguez Acosta consists of two parts: a museum dedicated to the historian Manuel Gómez-Moreno Martínez (which is the not-so interesting part) and a huge outdoor area built of plants and white columns (which is just amazing). This garden was once designed to be a studio for the painter José María Rodríguez Acosta and should be a source of inspiration. A pretty impressive and expensive source of inspiration, I’d say, but it is so worth visiting! Fountains, stautes, palm trees and an amazing view on the city without anyone being able to see inside the garden. There is a guided tour every half an hour during the opening hours, so you cannot go look at it by yourself. However, there is still enough time to have a look at the beautiful details in the garden and take in the atmosphere.
- Homepage: www.fundacionrodriguezacosta.com
- Price: 5,00€ (4,00€ with student discount)
- Address: Callejón Niño del Rollo, 8, 18009 Granada
To visit the Moorish Nazarí wall you definitely have to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk uphill a lot. It is a great walk though from the city center to the wall as the higher you get, the more beautiful the view gets and once on top of the hill, the sight of Granada couldn’t be better. This is why you should spend some time at the Mirador San Miguel El Alto which is directly next to the wall. Plus you can enjoy a look on the Ermita de San Miguel El Alto. The wall itself is a great scenery for pictures as the little holes in the brick wall provide a very specific light. However, people apparently tend to use it as a toilet now and then which is a deep shame! Still worth the visit and worth the walk.
- Location: 37°11’05.8″N 3°35’16.7″W