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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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Sep 29, 2015 - Granada and Multiple course dinner

Granada and Multiple course dinner We took it easy this morning and left around noon since the drive to Granada was relatively short. However when we got to the city, we kept driving in circles on the narrow streets. Almost by chance, we discovered we had parked (in desperation) right at the hotel’s entrance. These hotels are not very well marked! We have a spacious room in The Gar Anat Boutique Hotel with unique decorations and a view of the street from a small balcony. After resting up and having a small snack, we were ready for our...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Day 13 Granada

We were a bit tired after our walking tour yesterday afternoon however decided to set off early to the train station to see about our journey tomorrow. The very helpful receptionist at the hotel explained the bus system and pointed us in the right direction. We bought bus tickets without any drama and found our way to the station quite easily. As it turned out, we needed a ticket for the train (maybe we could have organised tomorrow morning however it's much easier to have it in hand) which again will be bus replacement and train. We caught...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Day 12 Cordoba - Antequerra Santa Anna - Granada

Exciting day today. We are catching the train for Antequerra Santa Anna and then changing to the bus to Cordoba. They are working on the rail line, hence the bus for part of the trip. I guess we won't be going 300kph on the bus. The departure time for our train is 9:02am so we checked out about 8:00am and walked to the station. We had some breakfast before boarding the train. The countryside is getting a bit more interesting...there's some hills...the Sierra Nevadas by the sounds of things. There's olive groves as far as the eye can see. We...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Granada

We seem to have arrived in the middle of a religious time - Corpus Christi and Granada is packed with people - We are learning about their celebrations and have had the chance to see the parades. The Heat is intense so there is only so much walking that you can do. Here is what Ollie thought of the day We slowly walked to the festival there were millions of people so we tried to go the Catherdal but that was packed. So we walked up a street and Dad bought us a pie and a long as chocolate pastry. Then we had to go up the steepest hill ever....

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Apr 19, 2015 - Washington slept here

Spent no time in Malaga, but a two hour bus ride to the Alhambra in Granada. This is a remarkable world heritage site of several moorish castles and Christian churches spread over about 60 hectares. The history on this one boggles my mind. The moors are the Moslems who left from Mauritania and are not Arabs. This property changed hands several times as Spain was mostly moorish from 700 AD to 1492ish but wound up being Christian at the end of the day with Ferdinand and Isabella. In fact, Columbus left with the three ships from Valencia where...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Granada and the Alhambra

Today dawned clear, cool and calm - a perfect day for our trip to Granada, about a 2 hour car ride northeast of our resort on the coast. We ate a light breakfast in the room and left around 9:00. Our destination in Granada is the Alhambra - one of the most important structures of the Middle Ages and the finest example of Islamic art left to us in the western world. The Alhambra, within the walled city of Granada, is comprised of many structures and gardens - the main sites are the Nasrid Palaces, the Charles V palace, the Alcazaba fort and...

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