Córdoba to Granada

This morning when we woke up it was pouring rain. After breakfast we left Córdoba and drove to Granada. We saw lots and lots of olive trees and it rained the whole way.

Olive trees in the rain

The Alhambra in Granada is one of the top sites in Spain. It is very special. Duke has been to Granada four times before and I have been here three times.

Every time we have visited we have thought how wonderful it would be to stay at the Granada Parador which is actually inside the Alhambra. We usually have coffee in the bar and daydream. But the Granada Parador is the most expensive hotel in the Parador system. It usually costs at least $400 a night to stay in the Granada Parador. But this time Duke found a special deal to stay here for one night for much less. It’s very exciting, something I’ve really wanted to do.

Driving up to the Alhambra
Inside the Granada Parador

We went out exploring, then had our welcome drinks and played cards.

Our room is on the left.
Puerta del Vino
Palacio Carlos V

Dinner in Spain is late. Our reservation at the Parador restaurant was for nine. Before dinner we went out to explore a bit more. Being able to have the Alhambra to yourself at night is one of the big advantages of staying here.

The Alhambra at night
Our Parador

For dinner I had veal, Duke had lamb stew, and Roger and Gayle had sea bass. it was a perfect end to a perfect day.

Sea Bass