Clockwise from top left: Church, oranges growing on the trees, interesting architecture, sampling an orange (much like Seville oranges it was thick skinned and bitter - perfect for marmalade but not great for eating!)
We stayed in the old district, in the wonderful Hotel Casa 1800, with a view up to the Alhambra. Tickets for the Alhambra can be sold out online months in advance. Ways around it include paying more for either a guided tour (a bit pricey), or a 'Granada Card' (good value) which also lets you into other tourist attractions around the city. We used our cards to visit San Jeronimo monastery and the Cathedral, which was a big hit of terrifying Catholicism. Lots of gold, sculptures of severed heads on plates, and a sheer scale which was awe-inspiring.
San Jeronimo monastery. We weren't allowed to take pictures in the Cathedral, and as I am a goody-two-shoes I refrained where lots of tourists flouted the rules!
The highlight had to be the Alhambra palace. It's like a whole town on top of a hill, the site is absolutely massive and takes hours and hours to get around if you want to see it all properly - there are gardens, palaces, towers, museums, and more. Getting up there involved an incredibly scary trip on a minibus. There were so many of us squashed in that I was practically sat on the dashboard, and so had a good view of the sharp turns and plummeting drops. My knuckles were white by the end.
The series of intricate Nazrid Palaces is restricted to specific time-slots - we got there a little before sunset as I suspected we might get some good views over the city at the end in the evening light.
Utterly gorgeous isn't it?
After all the history and culture - and posh hotels - of Seville and Granada, we headed down to the coast to a little town called Nerja, to more modest accommodation and a relaxed week of eating tapas! I'll share some pics in another post soon.