Thursday, December 17, 2015

Granada and the Alhambra (December 2015)

Pat and I went to Nerja, Spain, to celebrate Christmas with Jim and Mary Jane Vergin, our friends from across the street in Charlotte, NC. When Pat and I moved to Singapore, they decided to spend a year overseas in Spain, Ireland, and Germany.

Nerja is located on the Costa del Sol and the apartment they rented is only a short walk to the Mediterranean Sea. It is also a short bus ride (about 2 hours) from Granada, the home of the Alhambra, a former Moorish fort/palace, with its first structure being built in 889. The name means "Red Castle".

We arrived in Granada on a Thursday afternoon and checked into the Hotel Inglaterra, for our 2-night stay. I found this hotel on booking.com and picked it because of the price and the great location. The rooms were nice; the bathrooms newly remodeled.

Since our entry tickets for the Alhambra were for Friday morning, we set out for a walk. Our first destination was the Albaicin, an area near the Alhambra, "that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a world heritage site in 1984" (wikipedia). That description of the streets is so true. There are small plaza interspersed throughout.

In one of those plazas, Mary Jane and Jim waited for us to go retrieve a geocache (GC2NB69 Mirador de San Cristobal), our first in Spain. We then joined them for a beer and a tapas (which is often free with a beer!! Don't know how they can afford to do this but we loved it.). Jim and Mary Jane were just finishing up when we got back.

A view of the Albaicin

Albaicin Passage