When you think of Granada, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is the Alhambra palace, which is only natural considering it is the #1 tourist attraction in all of Spain. Having been to Spain a few times before this trip, but never in Andalucia, I was pretty stoked to finally get the full Alhambra experience.
So of course, I enjoyed my visit to the Alhambra (how can you not?? look at that glorious thing) but you know what blew me away even more? The dinner I had the night before that overlooked the Alhambra! The crazy view (pictured above) with the sun setting and the full moon arriving in full force, PLUS the most delicious food, made for an evening in Spain I will never forget.
There's a balcony on the top floor of Restaurant Mirador de Morayma that houses 1 table (large enough to fit 6 people) and THIS is the magical table you want to reserve. Very few people know about this table, which is not private, you just have to know to ask for it. So, learn some Spanish, make the call and ask for the Morayma balcony.
When you're offered the option of a "special grilled Iberico pork" dish, you say, YES. The most tender meat... dang.
After dinner, we walked down to the charming Carrera del Darro path, which takes you along The River Darro and past several packed bars right by the river (FYI along with Jaen, Granada still offers free tapas in all the bars because #cantstopwontstop eating). Granada's a huge university city so there's no shortage of fun bars to drink at 'til the morning light.
Inside Alhambra + Generalife:
Granada was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 and the Alhambra is a breathtaking example of the Moorish design and architecture created prior. BTW the grounds are extensive so it's recommended that you visit the website and plan beforehand what you want to hit (plan for about 3hrs of exploring) and buy your entrance tickets as far in advance as you can (there are limited tickets available each day and when they're sold out - which they do every day - you're shit out of luck). When we were walking out of the exit (around 12pm) the speakers announced that the day was now sold-out and no more visitors would be accepted.
The Alcaiceria used to be a maze of narrow streets that functioned as a market when it manufactured and sold silk. Now, it's lined with shops, mainly for the tourist set.