Day 15 & 16?
28/10/2011 - 29/11/2011 22 °C
I had an image in my head of what I expected Granada to be like. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada, I was expecting a small, sleepy town that resembles Christmas time in a Charles Dickens novel. In actual fact, it’s more comparable to a capital city with big skyscrapers, huge amounts of traffic and floods of people everywhere. It is definitely busier than Madrid, we were wrong to expect the country to become more rural the further south we headed. Finding our hotel was a stressful ordeal amongst all the chaos as well as us both being weary from all the travelling we‘ve done. We familiarise ourselves with the surrounding area, in terms of bars, restaurants (McDonalds is a restaurant, right?) and supermarkets and spend the evening unwinding in the hotel.
Bright and early the next morning we set out towards the city centre. There are dozens of museums, palaces and other points of historical interest dotted around. We hope to catch the city sightseeing bus tour so we can see everything, we’ve done them before in other cities and found them really useful. As we venture towards the centre we find ourselves walking down the main shopping stretch, surrounded by designer labels, sticking out like a sore thumb. A second glance confirmed that we were the only two people wearing flip-flops. Luckily we were heading in the direction of tourist town, where we belong.
The older parts of town are always my favourite, It’s where you find most street entertainment which I really enjoy, even though it is often viewed as glorified begging I like it, there’s nothing wrong with exploring a new city to the sound of a soft guitar.
Today’s busking regalement is a Flamenco dancer, which we haven’t seen since we’ve been in Spain. In fact I’ve never seen before ever and I was a little disappointed to find it was nowhere near as erotic as I had imagined. It is the middle of the day though, perhaps there are rules.
We find a stall where we can buy our sightseeing tickets but decide to continue exploring on foot as it’s going to cost 18 euros each. Far too pricey for a 70 minute bus trip and a few photos. When the bus passed us earlier we noticed it was empty and now we knew why.
The main tourist attraction in Granada is the Alhambra palace, which we don’t visit due to it being situated at the top of a steep hill and because of previous things we have read on the internet about queuing for hours to get in. Overall, a very nice city, it’s a shame we were a bit drained from the two weeks we had spent sightseeing to explore even further.