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Dec 4, 2017 - Weekend in Granada

When the weekend came, Laura and I were keen to get to Granada just an hour and a half coach ride from Almuñecar. We had booked tickets in advance for Spain's arguably biggest tourist attraction - the Alhambra - made the more sweet by Laura's strange devotion to the lager of the same name. We left after a mornings work, Nadine giving us a lift to the bus station where we jumped on an Alsa to Granada. The bus journey was short and scenic, turning from the coast heading up into the Sierra Nevada and across an arid rocky landscape before...

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Jun 16, 2017 - La Linea, Spain

June 16: La Linea/La Rogue/Alcaidesa Accommodation: We’re just going to call this home for less than 20 hours “The Laundramat.” The two-bedroom apartment provided a way-station to sleep and do laundry—washer, no dryer as picture indicates. Best part of the stayover was the perfect roof-top restaurant with a peak of Gibralter. Three tables and as Alison said, “what is this chef doing in this obscure place?” From the gratis beet juice appetizer (like thin gazpacho), to the fish salad (sliced, smoked white fish) to the butterflied sea bass,...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Granada, Spain

June 12-13: Granada Accommodation: Gar A Nat Boutique Hotel. Boutique hotel is in renovated 1300 building that was part of the Jewish section of Old Town Granada. Travel Very pleasant three hour bus ride from Seville thru a heavily agriculture valley (olive trees; wheat/straw; sunflowers; grapes). Drove into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and then into Granada. Segway Tour Yet another amazing evening Segway tour. Perhaps the best one we’ve ever driven. Two hours that started in the center of town and meandered up (and up and...

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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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