Six months later I have finally returned to share a short story about the three wonderful nights my husband and I spent visiting Granada, Spain. As our wedding took place on Saturday 16th of December, our three week honeymoon found us bringing in our very first Christmas (as husband and wife) in the very romantic, slightly magical and otherworldly city of Spain.
To give you guys a quick run down, Granada is a southern city of Spain situated within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Renowned for its Moorish history, medieval palaces, and ruined fortresses, there exists an otherworldly atmosphere here that may only be felt by walking through the streets of Old Town Granada.
Rhett and I arrived in Granada on the 23rd of December after a 2.5 hour bus ride from Seville with ALSA coaches. I must admit that our journey to the outskirts of the city (where the ALSA bus station was located) was hugely underwhelming with its congested 3 lane highway, cluster of short concrete buildings and barren industrial landscape. But what lay within the depths of old town Granada, a short 15-minute taxi ride away, was simply breathtaking.
In the very first moments the Alhambra came into view – with its high walls and grandeur quietly perched on top a mountain flanked by spindly trees – Rhett and I found ourselves completely at awe and feeling somewhat relieved to find that the industrial estate bordering the city was indeed a stark contrast to the actual city laying within.
Upon arrival, we checked into a quaint little place called Casa Miravalle Apartamentos (I know, what a mouthful) and Rhett and I honestly cannot rave about these apartments enough. They were newly renovated, spacious and light and perfectly situated within Old Town Granada, amidst tapas cafes and restaurants, on the skirts of the Albaicín quarter and directly across from the main Cathedral, a mere 15 minute walk from the Alhambra.
I highly, highly recommend these apartments to anybody willing to pay that little bit extra (just a little) for comfort and convenience.
So Rhett and I had the most wonderful Christmas Eve exploring the Alhambra, Generalife and Nasrid Palace or more notably the Kingdom of Dorne from Game of Thrones (and yes, this had me super, super excited).
Long story short, the Alhambra is a small fortress that was constructed atop Roman ruins back in late AD 889 and was later converted into a royal palace in the mid-13th century by the late Emirate of Granada. The Alhambra is said to be Europe’s love letter to Moorish culture, showcasing the finest in Islamic architecture and art and well, I would have to agree with those sentiments.
It goes without saying that Rhett and I (well … mostly just me) basically bounced through the Alhambra’s cream-washed archways and impeccably manicured gardens, taking photos of every colored wall, wooden door, intricately tiled window and orange tree that found itself within our line of sight. By the end of the day, my husband and I found ourselves uploading a total of 700 plus photos onto our laptop, which was arguably 600 too many, making the task of choosing a select few to share feel damn near impossible.
For the rest of our stay, over the course of Christmas and Boxing Day, Rhett and I spent our days leisurely exploring the rest of Granada, eating our weight in jamón and bruschetta and Spanish cheese, breathing out plumes of mists with our hands in gloves and our heads in scarves, and getting lost within the narrow walkways and tiny streets of Old Town Granada.
And whilst the temperature did occasionally drop uncomfortably low and we were sadly away from our family and friends for the holidays, I can honestly say that we had the best few days and looking back at these photos – with all the feels rushing back – I honestly hope that Rhett and I find ourselves checking into Granada’s Casa Miravalle Apartamentos again very soon.
Admittedly, my overdrawn absence from blogging made writing this post outstandingly difficult, having spent the better half of this year focused on delivering tech reports and formal comms, I found myself frequently at a loss for words, completely stumped by my sudden lack of vocabulary.
Nevertheless, here I am! And I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit back here at Olive and Clo. Hopefully with a little bit more practice (and a load more blog posts), I will get back into the swing of blogging in the not-so-distant-future.