Thursday, 2 November 2017

Chilling out in Granada

After dog sitting for 3 weeks and not drinking for almost a week, we decided to let our hair down in Granada for a couple of days.
Watch out Granada here we come.

View over the city  of Granada from our car park

We stayed in a different part of the city than usual at Gala Placida Suites 1923, see review here, which was a beautiful place but it was difficult to park nearby, so we ended up parking about 1 kilometre away.
After settling in we went for a little sightseeing tour. Just a few hundred meters from the hotel we joined a path along the Rio Genil which we followed and it is a beautiful setting and it is hard to believe that you are in a city. There is a green area between the river and Paseo de la Bomba we eventually came across an exhibition of photographs of beautiful things from around the world highlighting the beauty of the environment and what we are doing to help keep it that way.

Beautiful path alongside Rio Genil
Photo boards showing shots of the environment, well worth spending a few minutes reading them.


Nighttime, think we prefer the nighttime photo best, what do you think?

By the time we had finished  looking at these we were ready for lunch and having decided where to go we made our way along the streets and arrived at Bar Casa Julio, which was famous for its tapas, what we didn't know was that we would have to stand in the street outside to consume our beer and tapas. It was really good and very popular. Having stood up to have our lunch we thought that we deserved another beer and tapas at somewhere that we had been to many times, Bar Minotauro, which is not far from where we were, just off Plaza Nueva. It is well known for the display of notes on the walls from previous customers, but this time they were gone, maybe they had redecorated and were going to put them back?
From there we burned off some of the calories that we had just consumed by walking up the road to the Alhambra, the small street is full of Moroccan shops selling what Moroccan shops do best. We also passed a busker, see photo.

Not seen this before, wonder if he made any money?

Chess board anyone?

Entering the Alhambra through the Puerta del Vino we made our way through the crowds to the Palacio de Carlos V, which was never completed and looks very much like a bullring, which it wasn't. Inside this building there are two museums, we were visiting the Museo de Bellas Artes which is a fine arts museum containing a lot of 17th-century religious art, this all has free entry.

Puerta del Vino our entry into the Alhambra

Inside the Palacio de Carlos V
Stairway up to the upper floor

On leaving the Alhambra we walked across the road to visit the gardens of the Carmen de Los Martires, which we have visited before and has free entry, the gardens are beautiful and well worth a visit.

On the trip, we spotted some street art that we hadn't seen before.

Our little sightseeing trip lasted about four hours.
After a rest we decided to have our evening meal at a Vegan restaurant called Hicuri Art Vegan, so we had another little walk there and realised that we had stayed in another hotel very close to this place. We arrived just in time as soon afterwards it filled up quickly. The meals were good but for us were lacking something (cheese).

More street art on the way to the restaurant

After breakfast, we took a short stroll down the Rio Genil, in the opposite direction and had coffee at a riverside bar before returning home.

View of Rio Genel on our way to morning coffee.

We managed to catch a glimpse of the first snow on the top of Sierra Nevada on the way home.


  1. christine deeming3 November 2017 at 16:52

    i just love Granada

  2. I love the murals! They look like they blend in with the buildings.

    1. Yes we do too, we seem to find new street art with every visit to Granada

  3. I've been to Granada twice, but this seems to cover areas and places I didn't now about. That's awesome that the museum is free, and the Palace looks absolutely beautiful! I love visiting little tapas places too, although that would be annoying to have to stand outside I'd think.

    1. We were surprised when we realised that you had to stand outside, but we have the weather for it so it made a nice change.

  4. I went to Spain years ago and would love to go back to see some of the places we missed. Granada is one of those places. I'd love to try the tapas at Bar Casa Julio and see the museum. That's great it is free!

    1. We visit Granada quite often as we live less than an hours drive away. We are so lucky and we always find something new with each visit.

  5. We visited Granada for just a day or two back in 2012 and loved Alhambra. The detail of that arabic architecture is just marvellous. I didn't realise there was a lot of street art in the city, it's great to see that you managed to find some new street art.

    1. This time we just came across it as we were wandering around, it love it there.

  6. Granada was just a truly magical experience for us. You got great angles for the fine architecture I focused on the usual perspectives.

    1. Carol, Yes I agree that Granada is a magical place too. we are so lucky to live less than an hour away. Thanks for the comment on the photo angles, I have enough of the usual perspectives so are looking for something a little different.