Granada Journals

Granada: Part 2 of Our Tour of Southern Spain

An August 2006 trip to Granada by marseilles

View of the Alhambra Photo, More Photos
Quote: Our second stop our Busabout tour of Spain was the old Moorish city of Granada.

Granada: Part 2 of Our Tour of Southern Spain

Overview

View of the Alhambra Photo,
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Our second major stop on our Busabout tour was Granada, the medieval stronghold of the Islamic Empire in Spain. Like Toledo, a significant portion of Granada still looks as it did in medieval times, with winding cobblestone streets and buildings that have probably been standing there for hundreds of years. Granada's Moorish history is still very evident. There are entire streets, especially in the Albayzin (the Moorish quarter), where names of establishments were both in Castilian as well as in Arabic, and shop after shop sell colorful Arabic clothes and trinkets.The top place to see here is the Alhambra, so definitely do not miss it! Quick Tips: Like the rest of Southern Spain, Grana...Read More

Hostal AB

Hotel

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The "hostal" in Spain is a little different from youth hostels in the rest of Europe. The word "hostal," we found out, refers not to a dormitory-type hostel, but rather to a 1- or 2-star budget hotel or pension house. In Spain, choosing a budget hotel is helped by the fact that all hotels have their star-rating prominently displayed outside their establishment.Hostal AB was a 2-star hostal, with the quality that one would expect from such an establishment. The room, linens, and en-suite bathroom were reasonably clean, although the pillows were a bit lumpy. There was both hot and cold water running from the faucet, and there was a small television in the room. The establishment has no curfew....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2006

Hostal AB
Infanta Beatriz, 3
Granada, Spain
+34 629 89 49 15

The Gypsy Caves

Attraction | "Flamenco at the Gypsy Caves"

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The Gypsy Caves, our guide had told us, is where Granada's gypsies--immigrants from Northern India--lived in the Medieval times. Some of the caves had been transformed in modern times into taverns, and our flamenco show was going to be in one of these taverns. Flamenco, we learned, began among Spain's gypsy community, and the similarity between flamenco and some traditional Indian dances was still evident, as was the similarity between flamenco music played on a Spanish guitar, and traditional Indian sitar music.We were all ushered in into one room within the tiny caves -- maybe forty people sitting in low chairs, squeezed into a tiny area. We watched around nine or ten dances i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2006

The Gypsy Caves
Gypsy Caves, Sacromonte, Granada, Spain
Granada

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex

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Attraction | "Alhambra"

View of the Alhambra Photo,
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Overwhelmingly breathtaking and the highlight of our trip to Spain! The Alhambra is a palace and a mosque, and it used to be the symbol of the Moorish government's power in the region, until 1492, when the region became Christianized. There are just no words to describe how stunning the Alhambra was. We all stared agape at the intricacy of the stucco carvings and the detail of the ornamentation of the walls and ceilings.As we walked through the massive palaces, our guide explained how the Muslims, Christians, and Jews all had lived in harmony for many centuries until the expulsion of the Jews began, and he pointed out architectural features that demonstrated the blending of Muslim,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2006

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex
Top Of The Hill Of The Assabica
Granada, Andalusia, Spain
958 523 929