I first visited Granada back in 2006, it was one of the first stops on a backpacking trip, we stayed in a hostel by Gran Via. We didn’t fall in love with it instantly, as probably were a bit nervous of security given our first back packing experience.
We went for a big dinner in a Moroccan restaurant in the Islamic quarter, and then went for a few drinks. Big mistake.
With every drink, we were given a plate of tapas. We were confused, we hadn’t ordered food. No, it is free they said. After the third drink, and third plate we were full before we were drunk and had to leave. Next time let’s not have dinner we agreed.
The second time, on our honeymoon we stayed in a cave in Sacromonte, the gypsy quarter. Here apartments are carved out from the rock face, which make them naturally cool in summer and warm in winter, we were blessed with incredible views of the Alhambra, the big Islamic castle that dominates the skyline. Now we were in love with the place.
We returned once more to go to a Flamenco course in the Albaycín and once again stay in a cave dwelling.
We returned to spend 3 months here, for a respite after quitting my job in London. I needed to regroup and find myself before just taking another job and making all the same mistakes again. Three months became 6 months and ended up 18months. We moved for the free tapas and stayed for the sunsets and relaxed lifestyle.
We leave this city, refreshed and rejuvenated. Really to take on city life again. But absolutely in love with this incredible vibrant, history, youthful, artsy, alternative city. People have real balance here, they work enough to enjoy the kind of lives they want, balance is not my strong point.
Here are some of my best places in Granada to hang out.