Nerja is located on the Costa del Sol and the apartment they rented is only a short walk to the Mediterranean Sea. It is also a short bus ride (about 2 hours) from Granada, the home of the Alhambra, a former Moorish fort/palace, with its first structure being built in 889. The name means "Red Castle".
We arrived in Granada on a Thursday afternoon and checked into the Hotel Inglaterra, for our 2-night stay. I found this hotel on booking.com and picked it because of the price and the great location. The rooms were nice; the bathrooms newly remodeled.
Since our entry tickets for the Alhambra were for Friday morning, we set out for a walk. Our first destination was the Albaicin, an area near the Alhambra, "that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a world heritage site in 1984" (wikipedia). That description of the streets is so true. There are small plaza interspersed throughout.
In one of those plazas, Mary Jane and Jim waited for us to go retrieve a geocache (GC2NB69 Mirador de San Cristobal), our first in Spain. We then joined them for a beer and a tapas (which is often free with a beer!! Don't know how they can afford to do this but we loved it.). Jim and Mary Jane were just finishing up when we got back.
|A view of the Albaicin|
|Small plaza in the Albaicin|
|Strolling in the Abacin. Jim, Mary Jane, and Ray.|
|View of the Alhambra from the Albaicin|
|An old building in the Albaicin|
|Fish-eye view of Alhambra from geocache site|
|You can always count on seeing graffiti anywhere you travel|
After walking down the hill from the Albaicin, we wandered along the river Darro until we found a restaurant for dinner - Ras Bar. Pat and I shared plates of Jamon Serrano (dry-cured, non-smoked ham from Spain) and vinegar-ed sardines. A bottle of wine was shared with Jim and Mary Jane.
|Looking up from outside the Alhambra (along the river Darro)|
|Dinner Restaurant - Ras Bar|
|Wine at dinner|
|One of the churches we stopped in after dinner. Mary Jane, Jim, and Pat.|
|Below the Alhambra|
The next morning, Friday, we had breakfast at the hotel and then took a cab to the Alhambra. Our tickets for access to the Nasrid Palace were for 9:30 AM, so we got there early enough to have a stroll from the entrance to the Palace without being rushed. As you can see in the photos below, the Nasrid Palace is spectacular.
|Entrance to the Alhambra|
|Column top as we entered the Nasrid Palace|
|Looking at the Albaicin|
|Another nice column top|
|Reflecting pool in Court of Myrtles|
|Wall in the Court of Myrtles|
|Detail of wall in Court of the Myrtles|
|Looks like fleurs, Kathy|
|Fountain of Lions|
|One of the Court of Lions Pavillions|
|Near the Court of Kings|
|A wooden ceiling in Nasrid Palace|
|Nasrid Palace - the Enclosed Balcony of Lindaraja|
|Looking at geocache site from the Alhambra|
After leaving the Nasrid Palace, we walked to the Generalife, the leisure place for the kings of Granada, located across the river and up the hill above the Alhambra.
|Lower Garden of Generalife|
|Jim and Pat taking photo of each other|
|Generalife Court of the Water Channel|
We finished our visit to the Alhambra with a stop at the former Convent of San Francisco, which was converted into the government-run hotel, the Parador. We stopped for coffee and desert (Well Ray had coffee and dessert. The rest of us had wine). We have friends that stayed there many years ago for a mere $5/night and slept on the old convent beds. I went to the front desk to inquire about the current rates - €330/night ($358/night), and I bet there are better beds now. To be completely fair, that price included the entrance fee for the Alhambra grounds and the Nasrid Palace - what a deal!
|Convent Of San Francisco (Parador)|