Where we stayed
If you're interested, here is the link: AirBnB Granada
Great place – outside of the main historic area but only about a 15 minute walk. We DID have a hard time finding the place and explaining to our cab driver in our limited Spanish. The cab driver was so nice and ended up calling the woman to find out where to go. The number was a little hidden, and at night the area looked a little shady due to all of the graffiti – but there is graffiti EVERYWHERE we went. In the morning however, we saw it was a safe area in a good location.
The Alhambra has sat on my architecture bucket list for many years (I have many bucket lists: architecture, historic sites, national parks, cultural spots, every country…). One of my favorite architectural theorists, Christopher Alexander, speaks about The Alhambra often, as an icon of beautiful architecture, and so, on to my bucket list it went. A visit in early spring doesn’t get you quite as full of gardens, plus it was rainy, but it was still amazing to see.
This palace and fortress complex is of Roman origin, but was rebuilt in the Moorish style in the 13th century. Some of the grounds are free to access, but for most of the main attractions you will need a ticket. You need a ticket for both the entire Alhambra grounds as well as a separate ticket for the Nasrid palaces, which is one of the main highlights, so don’t miss it. You need to buy these in advance as they definitely sell out, especially in peak season.
You actually buy the tickets on ticket master, see THIS ARTICLE for how to do it, it’s a little complicated.
An old Moorish neighborhood with narrow winding streets and phenomenal views of the Alhambra. This is definitely worth checking out. It was pretty rainy when we were there, and the beautiful cobbled stone streets were quite slick, but it was still worth walking around.
This nice little free museum sits in the Albayzin neighborhood. The museum is nice, but really, the courtyard and view make it worth the visit.
Hospital San Juan de Dios
We didn’t get a chance to visit, but were told it is a still active hospital with gorgeous patios in state of disrepair.
And then of course jut wandering around :)