Granada and the Alhambra

This morning we found a place for coffee near our hotel.

Tomato on toast with fresh orange juice and coffee

About 10 AM we went up to the Alhambra. It sits with a commanding view of the surrounding city and country. We have been there a few times so we did not take the tour. Our friends did take the tour and took some fantastic pictures.

Patio de Arrayanes in the Palacios Nazaríes
Jardines de San Francisco in the Alhambra

We explored the parts of the Alhambra that don’t require a ticket.

Puerta de la Justicia

In the Carlos V palace they currently have a temporary exhibition – Zirid Granada and the Berber Universe. It was fascinating. The introduction to the exhibition says:

The Berber (or Imazighen, as they prefer to be known) are the group of peoples who since ancient times occupied almost all of North Africa, from the Siwa oasis (west of Egypt) to the Atlantic Ocean

The Carlos V palace also houses the equally interesting Alhambra Museum. After Spending quite a bit of time in each Museum we explored a bit more then went to the terrace bar of the Alhambra Parador and had coffee. The terrace is in a beautiful peaceful spot in the middle of the Alhambra.

Duke on the Alhambra Parador terrace

After we left the Alhambra we had lunch.

We needed to buy playing cards. I learned something new. There are two kinds of playing cards sold here, Spanish cards and poker cards. It took us a while to find a place that had poker cards for sale. After a bit of rest we played cards on our hotel room balcony.

Getting ready to play cards

When We were in Granada in February of 2018 we had a wonderful steak dinner at Negro Carbón restaurant. We enjoyed it so much that Duke made a reservation in advance so that we could go there to night. It was as good as last time.

Almagro to Granada

Today we drove from Almagro to Granada and explored some of the back roads along the way.

The first stork of our trip

We saw thousands of olive trees and stopped for a picnic lunch next to an olive grove.

Picnic lunch by the side of the road

After lunch we were a bit farther down the road and found a dirt road up to a hilltop with a great view.

Castle surrounded by olive groves.

We found our way to our hotel in central Granada and after a bit of a rest went out for tapas and beer for dinner.

Tapas and beer in Granada