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We drove to Granada from Cádiz which took about four hours. It was a tiring journey, but as we drew nearer to the snow peaked mountains, I knew it was going to be worthwhile. It was the first snow I had ever seen and couldn´t wait to embrace it.
Our hotel was smack bang in the centre of Granada which was fine, but we didn´t realise that part of the centre is traffic restricted except for taxis and buses dropping off passengers. Luckily we found a “Parking,” and decided to leave the car there until the end of our three day stay. We heard later that tourists can apply for temporary residence status for the period of their stopover. You should enquire before your journey to find out if this status is included in your reservation. Traffic fines for entering restricted areas are extremely hefty.
Making our way to the hotel on foot we were able to glance first hand at the city and its beautiful architecture. Once settled in our hotel we decided to go for lunch and explore the surrounding area. We were ecstatic at how close we were to the Alhambra Fortress; one of the most iconic buildings in Spain.
We passed a Moroccan restaurant and decided to give it try. The interior was very pleasant and the scrumptious food we ordered was authentic North African. It tasted so good that we decided to repeat the feat, and we paid them a visit again before leaving on the return journey.
A very interesting place we visited was in the confines of the Albaicin; the old Arab quarter. It’s a twisting collection of narrow cobblestoned alleys filled with bazaars, smart brightly coloured shops, bars and cafes. You can certainly see the Arab influence by the number of small outlets selling Moroccan style apparel and shop signs written in Arabic.
In the end we found a great spot at the high top of the Mirador de San Nicolas. We walked to this famous viewpoint, but there is a minibus service if you have used up all your energy. The birds-eye view from the top encompasses the mighty Alhambra with panoramic views of the snowy mountains and Granada. It is also the perfect place to witness the sun setting.
Someone mentioned that the majority of bars in Granada offer a healthy size tapa when you order a drink, so we decided it was only fair to pay them a visit. They charge a little bit extra for the drinks but the size and quality of the tapas are amazing. We felt stuffed after two rounds.
The next day we set our plans to see the snow-capped Sierra Nevada ski resort. We went by bus and arrived at the resort in just under an hour.