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Exploring Albayzin

Trying to find the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation

View of Granada from the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation

Just one of the many terrace gardens at the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation

The guide took a photo of us

Beside the River Darro

Finding our way to San Nicholas Church

Beautiful Carmen Houses in the Albayzin

The Alhambra from the terrace at San Nicolas Church

At the Mosque at San Nicholas Plaza

San Nicholas Church

Heading back down to the Cathedral

Exploring Albayzin

Shops in Albayzin

Refreshments near the Cathedral

Huge wooden doors in the Granada Cathedral

Spectacular Granada Cathedral

One of the two identical pipe organs in the Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral - the columns were about 14 metres in diameter!

Yesterday was another rainy day, so we had another lazy day doing not very much, but this morning dawned overcast but dry. So after breakfast we set off to catch the same two buses as Wednesday, this time travelling with a German couple from the campground who we were able to advise about visiting the Alhambra. We ourselves got off the bus and walked down through the Alhambra Woods to find the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, which is currently the #1 attraction on TripAdvisor. We followed the signs at first but then there were none, so it took us a while to find it after taking a couple of wrong turns. The big White Carmen House (traditional house that has a garden with grape vines and fruit trees and a high wall that separates it from the street) is the work of Granada painter and collector José María Rodríguez-Acosta. We had a lovely Spanish girl who spoke good English as our personal guide who showed us around the terraced gardens, through the underground passages and then the art gallery. An amazing place well worth visiting for €5 each.

From here we wandered through the streets of the Albayzin district (the old Moorish part of town) and then up to the Church of San Nicolas with its famous viewing terrace over the Alhambra. We spent a while just enjoying the walk where every turn we took there was another picturesque view. We made our way downhill and stopped for hot chocolate and a beer, with tapas, while waiting for the Granada Cathedral to open at 4pm. We have seen many cathedrals but this one is truly stunning, with many magnificent chapels, huge columns and two spectacular pipe organs. It was €4 each for entry and this included a small museum of roman catholic artefacts.

When we left here the sun was disappearing and it was getting quite cold. We knew our way to the Mercadona supermarket (for a few supplies) and then to the bus stop where a bus was waiting and took us right back to the camp entrance.

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