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.

THE VIEW OF ALHAMBRA FROM RESTAURANT MIRADOR DE MORAYMA

THE VIEW OF ALHAMBRA FROM RESTAURANT MIRADOR DE MORAYMA

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.

VIEWS REFLECTED FROM THE DINING ROOM BEHIND THE MORAYMA BALCONY

VIEWS REFLECTED FROM THE DINING ROOM BEHIND THE MORAYMA BALCONY

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.

THE VIEW FROM OUR TABLE ON THE MORAYMA BALCONY

THE VIEW FROM OUR TABLE ON THE MORAYMA BALCONY

OCTOPUS CARPACCIO

OCTOPUS CARPACCIO

GRILLED IBERICO PORK WITH PIMIENTOS DE PADRON AND POTATOES

GRILLED IBERICO PORK WITH PIMIENTOS DE PADRON AND POTATOES

When you're offered the option of a "special grilled Iberico pork" dish, you say, YES. The most tender meat... dang.

ASSORTMENT OF TIRAMISU, ALMOND MILLE-FEUILLE, CHEESECAKE AND GELATO

ASSORTMENT OF TIRAMISU, ALMOND MILLE-FEUILLE, CHEESECAKE AND GELATO

THE ALHAMBRA AFTER SUNDOWN

THE ALHAMBRA AFTER SUNDOWN

THE FULL MOON ON THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER SOLSTICE ADDING TO THE MAGIC

THE FULL MOON ON THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER SOLSTICE ADDING TO THE MAGIC

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:

WHERE'S WALDO? VIEW OF THE ALBAICIN DISTRICT FROM ATOP THE ALHAMBRA

WHERE'S WALDO? VIEW OF THE ALBAICIN DISTRICT FROM ATOP THE ALHAMBRA

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.

INTRICATE PALACE ARCH GALORE AT ALHAMBRA

INTRICATE PALACE ARCH GALORE AT ALHAMBRA

ALWAYS LOOK UP

ALWAYS LOOK UP

TOO MANY DETAILS TO ADMIRE

TOO MANY DETAILS TO ADMIRE

REFLECTIONS FROM PATIO DE ARRAYANES

REFLECTIONS FROM PATIO DE ARRAYANES

RESIDENT FELINE LOOKING FOR HER LUNCH

RESIDENT FELINE LOOKING FOR HER LUNCH

PILLARS FROM THE PATIO DE LOS LEONES. SUBTLE.

PILLARS FROM THE PATIO DE LOS LEONES. SUBTLE.

ROOM WITH A VIEW

ROOM WITH A VIEW

OH, JUST A MODEST SUMMER PALACE

OH, JUST A MODEST SUMMER PALACE

GENERALIFE'S PATIO DE LA ACEQUIA

GENERALIFE'S PATIO DE LA ACEQUIA

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.

ENTRANCE TO THE ALCAICERIA

ENTRANCE TO THE ALCAICERIA

INSIDE THE ALCAICERIA

INSIDE THE ALCAICERIA

THE SIDEWALKS OUTSIDE THE ALCAICERIA ARE GORGEOUS CLUSTERS OF STONE

THE SIDEWALKS OUTSIDE THE ALCAICERIA ARE GORGEOUS CLUSTERS OF STONE

THE GREY-BLUES OF THE SIDEWALK + EXTERIOR WORK TOGETHER JUST PERFECTLY

THE GREY-BLUES OF THE SIDEWALK + EXTERIOR WORK TOGETHER JUST PERFECTLY

* don't mind the on the go snapchat spellings!

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