25/1/2007

Granada and Sierra Nevada @ 12:07 pm

As some of you may know I visited Andalusia in Spain towards the end of 2006 and I thought I should put a few thoughts down on paper about it.

Staying at a campsite in the city of Granada to save a bit of cash – silly silly silly – Spain =dry, dry=no grass, no grass=gravel, gravel = 4 nights of trying to sleep with rocks sticking in your back, unable to set on the ground in shorts, and dust getting everywhere…

Visiting the Alhambra – This is stunningly beautiful and well worth a visit. It appears in the Book 20 Things to See before you Die and its well worth it. Its so calming and tranquil – do book your tickets well in advance though – we were there in the off season but it still sold out within 5minutes of opening.

Granada city New town
– This is possibly one of the most horrible places on earth Not only is it dry and very hot at street level but the amount of traffic pollution is unbearable and quite frankly appalling.

Albaicín – Granada city old town – This to give it its due is a lovely warren of little side streets and beautiful white washed houses – its how you imagine granada should be. Make a special point of visiting the church of San Cristóbal – its beautiful like a little mini Alhambra, the guides are very friendly and its lovely.

Serra Nevada – We climbed the Mulhacén the highest peak in the Seirra Nevada National Park which is meant to be a beautiful snow capped mountain (it is after all the largest spanish Ski resort). The truth however was incredibly depressing and proof for me that global warming IS happening. Here we found a dry inhospitable rock – with ski lifts dotted around the mountain as if to taunt you of what the place used to be like (or is like during one month of the year nowadays). And then the final abomination – theres a bloody road going right to the top – yes you can actually drive to the top of a 3500meter high mountain in your car (or on the silly mini bus which goes up and down at regular intervals). Here the Spanish have ruined one of natures most beautiful places.

Tapas – Its sad to say that the worst Tapas I have had in my life is in a little restaurant over looking the Alhambra – incredibly salty and looked like shit

In conclusion, go and visit the Alhambra, stay in the Albaicín and visit the church of San Cristóbal.

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