It’s a bittersweet moment as I prepare to leave Granada. It was an unexpected stop for me as I’d planned to stay in the original city that I arrived in, Mazarron, Murcia.
In the interest of being authentic, I have to tell you that my trip to Spain has had its share of hiccups. The first one being that my host in Mazarron wasn’t very polite, and I also didn’t realize that about 99% of the population there were senior citizens.
I ended up having to leave Mazarron in a rush, and Granada just a 4 ½ hour bus ride away, became my refuge.
The second hiccup is the fact that I ended up booking an Airbnb for 10 days with a host that was nothing short of a mean-spirited Jerk.
After realizing that I wouldn’t be having a pleasant stay there, I requested an alteration so that I could move elsewhere and she denied it.
I talk in more detail about travel hiccups in a private group that I’ve created on Facebook. You can join and hear all about my Spain issues by clicking HERE.
Now that I’ve gotten all that out the way, let me tell you why I’m still on cloud nine about Spain and Granada specifically.
Once I was able to get out and experience the city, it didn’t take me long to see why Granada is loved by so many.
With its rich history including both a Christian and Muslim influence, its stunning views, and all of the unique character that you
find as you stroll the streets, it makes for a wonderful vacation spot for those seeking peace, serenity and I can’t forget the mention the delicious tapas that you can find on every corner.
HOW I EXPLORED GRANADA
Thanks to “Play Granada” the #1 attraction in Granada, I was able to take two amazing tours within and a bit outside of the city.
The first one I took was a sunset walk that allowed me to take a glimpse into the history and foundation of this sweet little town. With its labyrinth, cobblestone streets and amazing views of the famous Alhambra, it was easy to fall in love with this place after learning the ins and outs of it.
The second one was a night adventure tour. I found myself wishing I’d read the fine print after going on this one. I have always said and will always say, that I am not an adventure girl. Click To Tweet
I found myself hundreds of feet high looking over the beautiful city. While I was aching with pain because I’m not in shape for such a hike, I will never forget that view. No photos will ever do it justice.
We trekked through some territory that I literally don’t know how to explain. All I know is I was wearing one of those headlight things that you see people wear in the movies, and I was carrying a backpack that was entirely too heavy,
I am so grateful for the guy that was nice enough to carry my bag for me. Let me just tell you that on this tour, I laughed, I cried, I cursed, I was in absolute awe, I screamed, I kneeled down to pray, I asked for help, I told them to leave me alone and then I asked for help again and I cursed some more. Lol
I am so grateful that my tour guide was very patient with me. Had I known that the tour would have taken the strength and courage that I had to exert that night, I wouldn’t have gone, but oh man, am I glad I didn’t read the fine print.
I know you may be reading this thinking, “What happened? What did you actually do?” I understand your frustration, but please just take my word for. GO! Go on this tour. It is something that you will NEVER forget….and to be 100% honest with you….I don’t think you’ll get the answers in the fine print either.
HOW I MANAGED TO EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY IN GRANADA
How lucky I feel to have stumbled upon Granada Tapas Tours…this experience sent me over the moon with their excellent selection of venues, tapas, and drinks.
My host Roberto took us to four different establishments, each with a totally different ambiance and style of tapas and drinks.
He was very patient, knowledgeable and kind throughout the night.
Being the picky eater that I am, I was shocked to find that I enjoyed every single tapa that I was served. Click To Tweet
When I initially arrived in Spain I felt a bit overwhelmed with the idea of ordering tapas or ordering drinks and getting free tapas. I wondered what to expect? How to order? When to order? How much to order?
While it may sound simple it wasn’t for a girl like me. I’m accustomed to three meals a day and none of them are ever given as gifts.
I’d strongly advise anyone that’s traveling to Granada to give one of these tours a try. I promise you that you will not be sorry.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY TRIP
I was told upon arrival to Granada, that if I hadn’t purchased my ticket to the Alhambra in advance I wouldn’t be able to go, as the space to view is limited and people have to purchase tickets months in advance.
Perhaps November is a slow season, perhaps the stars were aligned or perhaps a single ticket rather than a group ticket was easier to obtain….whatever it was, I managed to get a ticket about four days prior to my trip.
The Alhambra and the grounds surrounding it is beautiful. The views and the architecture literally rise to meet you. One can feel the history and electrifying energy coming from this great palace.
I found myself on the verge of tears as I explored this wonder of the world, for hours. The Alhambra is one of those places that I am beyond grateful to have visited.
SERENDIPITY IN GRANADA
Serendipity oozed from the walls and streets of this town. It was a very magical place. So much took place that I can’t share it all, but one night, completely caught off guard I found myself having the most amazing dinner with the most amazing view and wine.
After dinner, we stumbled upon a Flamenco show that literally sent chills through our bodies.
This emotional and powerful form of dance, down in this deep cave, left me stunned and wanting more.
And I have to tell you guys about how when I was entering the Alhambra, I found myself surrounded by a group of children that were there on a field trip. Desiring more of a calm experience while there, I decided to go to a nearby gift shop. There I would wait for the children to pass by.
As I was exiting the shop, I noticed a room filled with costumes and a backdrop. I was thrilled to see that I too could be a Flamenco dancer…well, dress up like one anyway. If anyone knows me they know that this kind of stuff is right up my alley.
Visiting Granada was wonderful.
I’m most grateful for all that I encountered. Now I move on to Barcelona!
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