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Apr 27, 2017 - Granada

Today was a relocation day. We travelled from Valencia to Granada. Not a bad day to travel, it was raining off and on and therefore the weather presented no problem for us. We made on stop in a small village to see the inside of a private cave house. These are very interesting. They are dug into a hillside and a facade is added to the front making it look like any other house. They are quite numerous in this part of the country. Granada was the last stronghold of the Moors, ended by Ferdinand and. Isabella in 1492. One side of Granada is...

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Apr 24, 2017 - The Alhambra in Granada

Monday 24th April 2017 Alhambra Such an early start for us late risers. 6:15 am in order to get on the street by 8:15, yes we had to be at least 30 minutes early because ...?. Can't imagine what it is going to be like on the tour of Morocco with Mrs Punctuality! By 9:30 we are off and touring with a small group of like minded (and languaged) tourists. Great guide and after 3 hours of very pleasant commentary (he certainly knew his stuff and presented it very well) we knew all we could possibly absorb about Alhambra. Not heard of it? The...

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Apr 23, 2017 - Granada

Sunday 23rd April 2017 Córdoba to Granada via Jaen Started at some famous gardens in Cordoba, outside which they killed anyone who did not agree with the current ruler. Gruesome, but gardens lovely. Not such a clever idea to go by Jaen and see the marvelous cathedral and castle ruins. About half the population of Spain decided to do the same. So we breezed thru, well dodged all the double parked cars and went on. I enjoyed the scenery - about 150 km of olive groves On rolling hills and some not so rolling. There must be enough olive oil...

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Oct 9, 2016 - La Alhambra

At 4.15a our alarm went off. We left shortly after to drive to the Alhambra. Dawn was at least 3 hours away. When we arrived, there were lots of czrs there alreandy. People were walking towards the site. It is just after 5a and we are 18th in line! Everyone is speaking Spanish around us...and is much younger. We have some O.J. and watch others arrive surprised to see so many people already there. Tours start arriving. They'll get precedence. By 8a we've each had several walks around, found a coffee machine, found out that the couple ahead...

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Oct 8, 2016 - To Granada

Yesterday was a frustrating day. We listened to people tell us over and over that we had to book ahead to see the Alhambra. So Gord attempted to book ahead but was unable to so he tried to book a room in Granada. When 10:30a came with checkout at 11a, he paniced. Instead of heading to Gibraltar we would drive to Granada. So off we went right along the river past terracotta buildings trimmed with white, past beautiful fountains and gardens we hadn't explored across town to A92 to Granada. First rolling hills with huge olive orchards to...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Granada, July 3-5

We took the high speed train from Madrid, 295 miles south to a little town called Antequera. There, we boarded a bus to Granada, 60 + miles east. What I recall seeing from the train and bus windows is acres upon acres of olive trees, covering the hillsides in lovely, neat rows. Granada is a small city with a big history. Back in 711, when it was known as Garnata, Muslim forces took control of the area from the Visigoths, with the help of the Jewish community there. A small fortress was built in 889, then it was mostly ignored until the...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Granada

We got up this morning early as we had a tour planned for the Alhambra. Our hotel pick-up was for 9.15-9.45. However the tour group was a no show. I called them several times and asked the hotel reception if they could help as well. They found a different number to call but again no answer. We probably should have called the day before, but with the delayed flights, lost luggage we got side tracked. We hopped in a can to see if we could find the tour office, but there was no signs we could see. So I said to Tess we'd line up and try but our...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Travel Day - to Granada

Not a great day today. We had to get to the airport early for our flight to Madrid, then wait 8 hours to depart on the flight to Granada. We found a cafe and got ourselves some food and drink periodically throughout day. However we were up late packing our bags, so we'd dearly just love to sleep. Originally our flight was earlier, but Air Iberia cancelled it and put our booking back to the afternoon. The plane to Granada was quite small. It has two seats per row and almost everyone's luggage has to go under the plane as the overhead...

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Oct 17, 2015 - Granada

We arrived in Granada two days ago. It is a vibrant and attractive city with a nice feel to it. Our apartment is very roomy and comfortable and we have found it very easy to settle in here. Yesterday we had a big day of sightseeing, setting out early to walk to the Alhramba (a royal city and one of the main tourist attractions in Spain) and finishing the day at a popular vantage point to watch the sun set over the city and the Alhambra.The view is described as sublime and was worth the climb to reach Midora de San Nicholas, the view...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Alhambra and Generalife, Granada

The Unesco world heritage listed Alhambra sits majestically above Granada with the Sierra Nevada mountain range as a backdrop. The number of visitors each day is capped at 8,000 which sounds like a lot but the area is so large that it is not too crowded. Tickets sell out in well in advance but 1,000 tickets are held back each day for visitors who start queuing at 6am or earlier even though the gates don't open until 9.30am. We booked a tour with a guide as this is the best way to understand the history of the whole complex. It was...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Granada sights

We slept late today in a recovery mode after the intense Alhambra tour yesterday. Our plan was to visit the Cathedral of Granada which is the second largest in Spain and where Ferdinand and Isabella are buried. It was not a long walk and we cut through a square with a statue of Poseidon with his trident adorning a tall fountain. Photos were not allowed in the Cathedral, but Tom snuck a few to give the sense of the size and ornateness of this edifice. (You should have seen the other people brazenly using flash and making vides!) The organs...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Alhambra

Alhambra There was a drenching downpour during the night, but the morning broke to blue skies and sunshine for our tour of the Alhambra which is THE attraction in Granada. Our tour was booked (you must do so or get tickets in advance) for 10:30 and our tour company was scheduled to pick us up an hour earlier at a big hotel just a few minutes walk from our boutique hotel. There was no sign of them and at 9:45, Anne called the tour office and was told they were on their way and delayed because of the traffic and the rain from last night....

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