Having booked our tickets for a visit to the Alhambra, we thought we would head to the city of Granada and see what else it has to offer.
Aside from the impressive Alhambra, what else should be done with one day in Granada, Spain.
It was about an hour and a half drive from the cabin we are looking after in Otivar, a scenic route through the Spanish mountains before reaching the city of Granada at a height of roughly 700m above sea level.
We parked up in the outskirts of town in an underground carpark and had a bit of a trek through the heat to reach the old Moorish quarter known as the Albayzin.
Luckily for us there was plenty to see along the way. The main shopping street is lined with old, large trees and has a large decorative fountain at its beginning.
Entering the Albazin region of Granada, you instantly step back in time and get a feel for the age of the towering building surrounding the area.
Houses tower alongside the small river that separates the area from the Alhambra.
There are many winding stairs and cobbled alleyways leading between historical houses and the Alhambra.
The area is instantly recognizable as Moorish, the buildings are large and decorated in typical Arabic style. There are many shops selling Arabic, mainly Moroccan trinkets such as leather poofs, lanterns and jewellery.
We explored this area for a while before stopping for a small, cold and refreshing beer accompanied by a free plate of food, known as a Cana y tapa.
Granada is renowned for this tradition and if you stop at a bar or restaurant and order a beer, you are almost certain to get a small plate of food to nibble on whilst you quench your thirst. If you only have on day in Granada, Spain, it is worth stopping for a drink and snack.
As we walked away from the Albayzin area, we passed many religious buildings which were breathtaking including the cathedral of Granada and the Royal chapel. These cost 4EUR and 3.5EUR respectively but are incredibly impressive from the outside and it is worth sitting nearby and taking in the wonderful architecture.
Whilst walking off the beaten path through the backstreets of Granada, we saw some impressive graffitti decorating the alleyways including the “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil” monkeys.
Granada is a great place to spend a day and you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Taking in the fusion of Moorish and Catholic architecture, walking along the river looking up at the mighty alhambra and refreshing yourself with a beer and a free lunch are inexpensive but memorable ways to experience Granada.