Granada

Granada offers a fascinating glimpse of what Spain was like during Moorish rule. You can see the ghost of Moorish culture come to life in the Albayzin and the tumble of busy backstreet bazars full of djellabas, perfumes and alfombras (rugs).

But most of all it’s there in the hulking ruins of the fortress-palace looking out over the city, the Alhambra.
Granada is dominated by the romance of the Alhambra and I find I can’t help peeking it at it whenever it comes into view at different times in different lights, from different angles.

The frescoes, arches and fragrant patios. The way the sun dawns on it as you look at it over the rooftops of the Albayzin. Its haunted appearance at night, bathed in moonlight. The stories and legends of Moorish emirs and vizirs.

The city trades on its Moorish history at every turn. But it’s also a modern, cosmopolitan city with one of Spain’s best tapas scenes.

I particularly love the stretch of restaurants along the banks of the Darro river upstream from Plaza Nueva, where you can eat famously for the price of a glass of wine in each bar.

Meanwhile, a lively student-driven nightlife surfaces after midnight on the edges of the old town. Get a taste of traditional Andalucian culture with a flamenco show in one of the bars on Sacromonte or experience a corrida at the Plaza de Toros.

Granada is as fun as it is historic, and as welcoming as any other spanish city.

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