After leaving Cordoba, our next stop on our driving tour of Andalusia was Granada, by far my most favorite place in southern Spain.  Granada is an romantic, beautiful city.  Located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and tucked between two hills and two rivers, Granada has a lot of bang for the buck.  Its beauty stemming from its Moorish past is constantly admired through its lovely white-washed buildings, beautiful plazas, magnificent fountains and of course, the crown jewel of the city, the Alhambra.

I could have spent the entire week in this town, I adored it so much.  I loved the mix of Arab and Spanish influences.  The food, the art, the shops and the architecture.  I fell in love with this city and it was the perfect place to relax for a few days before continuing on our driving tour of southern Spain. Here are some of the highlights of my limited photos of Granada.  My only regret is that I didn’t have more.    Paul and I in the colorful Albaicin district, the old Arab quarter of town which once flourished as a residential district of the Moors.   Walking down the labyrinth of streets in Old Granada. A room with a view!  From our hotel Palacio Santa Ines, arguably one of the most beautifully decorated hotels I’ve ever stayed in, is a view of the Alhambra soaring above.   The gorgeous gold and white interior of the Catedral y Capilla Real.   A look up at the arches and buttresses that hold up this enormous structure.  Paul beside our table at a Moroccan restaurant serving up hot couscous (my favorite) in the old Arab district.  Tour of the Alhambra.   No stop in Granada is complete without a visit to the most important site of the city, the spectacular Alhambra.  You have to book it well in advance, otherwise you will be very disappointed as it fills up fast. The Alhambra was originally constructed for defensive purposes atop the rocky hilltop overlooking town, however, it was later beautified and renovated into a lavish, spectacular Moorish palace.  Don’t let the exterior fool you.  The views from above are fantastic and the interior offers some of the finest architecture in all of southern Spain.  To learn more about the history of the Alhambra, click here. Views of the old, white-washed buildings of Granada from the Alhambra.  Views of the Albaicin from above.  The rectangular building with the huge courtyard in the middle is our hotel.  It was lovely! The striking architecture of the Alhambra.  Here is the Court of Lions (notice the lions around the fountain).  Views inside the Alhambra.  Oh, if only I was a thirdeyemom on this trip!  I would have hundreds of pictures of this place it was so spectacular!  We left Granada all too soon for our next stop on the road, Ronda.  Stay tuned…


  1. Beautiful! I visited there in 2002, however it was during one of worst rain storms I have ever seen. No real pictures. It’s interesting how I do things differently as a blogger now. -Helen

    • Thanks Helen! Isn’t it funny how travel has changed since we are bloggers. I agree wholeheartedly. I would be taking 1000 pictures versus 20! Ahhh….to see the world through the eyes of a blogger is so much more fun! 🙂

  2. I simply can not believe how gorgeous Spain is. You prove it city after city. My Sara is an architect by training and wants to go so badly. Neither of us has ever been.

  3. Gorgeous photos Nicole! I’ve been to Granada, Nicaragua but not Granada, Spain. Always wanted to go. How does it compare to Antigua?

  4. I absolutely loved Córdoba so I can imagine just how magical Granada must be! Unfortunately it was one of the few places that I didn’t manage to see during my 9 months in Spain. The Court of the Lions was under renovation at the time so I decided to leave it all for the next visit – I’m glad you got there before they put up the scaffolding!

  5. Granada is bursting with rich culture , colors and history. The architectural details are amazing. It’s like seeing the past only it’s in the present. Beautiful photos with warm, happy smiles.

  6. Such beautiful detail. And I actually love the (unintended) vintage effect that comes with scanning old print photos! These just seem like the types of photos your children (and children’s children) will love to look at one day. 🙂

    • Thanks Meghan! They are a little rough and grainy but still worthwhile I think. I’m getting that wondrous itch to travel again! Good thing I’ve got stuff in the pipeline!

  7. Your post brought back more fond memories Nicole 🙂 Loved Granada. Have to try and resurrect at least a few pics if I possibly can.

    • Thanks Madhu! I really loved it too! I just found out that next year I’m doing a mother-daughter trip with my mom and sister to Paris and perhaps somewhere in Spain! It is a year away but tickets are booked with miles! I have done lots of trips with my dad but now am going to get to go with just the girls! I can hardly wait. These spanish posts as well as some of yours have made me consider Barcelona as one of our destinations. I’d been there many years ago and thought it would be a fun destination for us girls!

  8. What a great post Nicole! I love the pictures so much. It is full of arts, and also the buildings are so unique. I haven’t been in Granada yet so I don’t have a great pictures about it. And I just know that they have a mixture of Arab and Spain influences. Looking forward to read more!

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: