Granada & Sevilla
We flew from Mallorca to Granada and made our way to our hotel ´El Ladron de Agua´ (The Water Thief) which was in a cute street by a stream very close to the Alhambra. Below is a picture of Lucy and I with our packs. I was very happy to offload some things onto mum so I no longer need to carry a boot bag around with me.
Southern Spain is a facinating mix of traditional Spanish and Moorish culture which comes across in their food, art and lifestyle. There was a little street full of Arab tea houses so we tried some different teas while over there.
They also have gorgeous spices and interesting flavours. We ate the best dates I have ever had (I eat quite a lot of dates so it was probably a bit more exciting than it should have been).
Here is Lucy being overly excited for obvious reasons. I guess it´s the small things in life that keep you going when you´re living with self diagnosed DVT.
The city center of Granada was lovely to walk around in as you could see snow capped mountains in the distance and there was a nice buzz with all the stores. I have really appreciated the siesta time as it´s good to have a forced chill out time where you grab a coffee, ice-cream or cup of tea. It also means you get to keep doing more things later so you´re active for longer. As we were walking the streets we stumbled upon some ear muffs for 2 Euros and since then we have both been suprised by their utility seeing as that was not the reason we initially purchased them for.
We visted the Alhambra which is the best thing in Granada (perhaps the best thing in the South of Spain). We spent 5 hours there and could have spent longer.
I loved all the different tiles and intertwining patterns. not to mention the gorgeous views.
When searching for the old Arab baths we stumbled across a place where there used to be Arab baths which they had rennovated and turned into a modern bathing spa. We went in the morning to book and the only time they had was 10pm but we were pretty keen so we took it. Unfortunately photos weren´t allowed but it was so nice. I took a photo of the stairs leading down to the baths so you can get an idea of the vibe. It looked exactly how I would have imagined the original baths to look and they had little tea rooms and different temperatures and a sauna. We got a deal that included a 15 minute massage which we all enjoyed very much.
After Granada it was off to Sevilla. The main difference between Sevilla and Granada is the set out of the streets. Sevilla has lots of winding narrow streets that are very beautiful but very difficult to navigate. It probably has more beautiful large buildings whereas it was the overall look and feel of Granada that made it beautiful. Sevilla was also a little more touristy.
On our first evening we had a walking tour and went for a flamenco show. If you go to the South of Spain you must see a flamenco show it is well worth it.
Everyone in Sevilla owns a few gowns (they are very expensive) and in April there is a festival for a week where everyone wheres them. I would love to go to see that next year. Everywhere in Sevilla there are orange trees so it is a very striking city.
In Sevilla all the infrastructure hints at the peaceful co-existence between the Jews, Christians and Muslims. We vistited the Cathedral, the Synagogue and the Palace. The palace is not as grand as the Alhambra but it is just as beautiful and well worth the visit. I don´t think I´ve ever heard mum use as many superlatives as she did when we were in the South of Spain.
Next we off to Barcelona for 3 nights to meet up with Candice and then it will be off to the Czech Republic. So far Lucy and I are travelling well together and we are yet to have a cross word. It will be interesting to see if it continues to be that way when mum has gone home and we are navigating Eastern Europe in potentially bitterly cold weather (Spain has been super warm). We are quite happy with the way we have planned the next month as the least amount of time we are spending in any one place is 4 nights so we don´t feel like we are always having to pack and unpack and we are able to get a good sense of the place we are in.