by KatherineGranada Cathedral
I was super excited to visit Granada because the Alhambra had been on my list of top places to visit for quite some time and it's the one place that still serves free tapas. However, once we got to Granada and started walking around, I was kinda disappointed in the city. The Granada Cathedral was pretty, but other than that, the city seemed to lack any substance beyond the Alhambra. There were a ton of people everywhere, gypsies trying to screw me over, and the city just didn't feel like it was worth walking around. The streets I had noted for a tapas crawl seemed super sketchy and deserted. You couldn't even see the Alhambra from downtown and it's on top of a high frickin hill!! So it seemed to lack the picturesque views I had dreamed of.
Thankfully, I then took us down the road along Rio Darro, which seemed to be lacking tourists and much more beautiful. And you could actually start to see the Alhambra. From this street, you could begin an ascent to the Albayzín, the old Moorish neighborhood full of white buildings. I would recommend anyone visiting Granada visit the Albayzín and skip the rest of town. The views here were stunning of the Alhambra and surrounding landscapes. And the area was just much more walkable as it felt more historically 'cool'. If I ever visit Granada again, the Albayzín is where I'd spend the day...and of course eating free tapas!
Katherine & Bradley
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