I wanted to post this yesterday, but our internet was down for a good portion of the day. Sorry for the delay!
Friday afternoon we took the train to Granada for an overnight visit. We had a small 3-car commuter train, but it was really clean and comfortable. The ride was rather pleasant, and the 3-hour trip gave us some lovely views of the Andalusian countryside.
We stayed at the Hotel Los Tilos, which was centrally located on the Plaza Bib-Rambla. We really liked the hotel and the location, and the price of our room (55€) included breakfast.
One funny thing was that the bed only had one super long pillow that we had to share. Good thing we aren’t pillow hogs!
After we unpacked, we took a walk over to the Albayzin neighborhood to have a look around. All the guide books say that it can get pretty sketchy at night, so we thought we’d take a peek before the sun went down. There wasn’t a whole lot going on over there anyway, so we hiked to the highest point to check out the great views of the Alhambra. At the top, we stopped for a few minutes at the Plaza de San Nicolás to listen to a flamenco performance by two guitarists. They were obviously busking for tourists but it was a nice backdrop to the beautiful panorama (see the top of this post).
There was a café perched just below the square so we decided to stay for a drink and a coffee.
Next, we headed back to the hotel to grab a coat before our nighttime visit of the Alhambra. Granada was pretty warm during the day, but once the sun went down it was freezing since it’s up in the mountains. I’m going to give both Alhambra visits (we went both Friday night and again Saturday morning) their own post tomorrow since there are so many pictures to share.
We finished with our visit around 9pm (only the Nasrid Palace is open for evening entrance) and grabbed some dinner. If we hadn’t been so hungry, we would have just gone to a couple of bars since the custom in Granada is for bars to offer free tapas with drinks. We had to turn down some tasty-looking items because we were too full (though I did have some of a baked potato concoction)! We checked out a few bars on the Calle de Elvira, which was pretty packed with college students (the University of Granada is a large presence there) and walked around a bit before heading home so we could get up early for our second Alhambra visit.
The next day – after our second Alhambra visit – we are lunch, walked around town some more and then stopped at a churrería for some churros y chocolate. I had been telling Jared that we couldn’t leave without having some, and he kept teasing me that he thought it should be a churro-free trip. I won.
As you can see, the portion sizes were huge. Jared took one for the team and ate a churro just to help me out. Once we were full of churros we went back to the hotel to check our email and grab our bags for the walk back to the train station. It was another beautiful day and we could see the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance. It was a gorgeous farewell from Granada after such a fun visit!