Granada did indeed ‘wow’ me. A stunning city with great food (the key to my heart). I did some walking and got some great views of the city and the Alhambra and ate some free Tapas. In Granada there is a local bylaw that basically means that Tapas bars have to give you free food when you order a drink (it’s a student town and if you have ever been a student you’ll understand the dilemma of having to choose between buying a drink or dinner). This makes it very cheap to go out to have food and drinks.
I spent 5 hours at the Alhambra (a fortress-palace). The palace is huge as a result of many people doing expansions and extensions since the beginning of its construction in 1238. As I mentioned in an earlier post this area of Spain was ruled by Arabs and so much of the construction was done under these rulers which means the palace is very Arabic and many parts make you feel like you are in North Africa.
On Friday was my epic cross country journey from Granada to Valencia via Madrid. I had breakfast in Granada, lunch in Madrid and dinner in Valencia. In my 4 hours of walking around Madrid I saw a few good sights and managed to get into the Museo Nacional del Prado (and the special ‘El Greco’ exhibition) for free.
Arriving in Valencia was very exciting and soon after I got to the hotel Liz arrived from the airport. I was very excited to see her as we hadn’t seen each other in about 3 years! We have a week in Valencia and thank goodness for that after rushing around for a week. We plan to spend a bit of time reading books by the hotel pool and hitting the beach so looking forward to it. I’ll writ more at the end of the week and fill you in on how the week went.