Lives in Granada, Spain
Since Oct 2007
35-49 year old female
Molly loves travel and Spain. Living in Andalusia. Molly has lived in different regions in Spain since 1998. A fluent Spanish speaker Molly enjoys finding out where the locals go and discovering anecdotes and delving into details in local history and culture. Molly loves Spanish Cuisine, local festivals and historic sites. Molly has also enjoyed off the beaten track destinations around Spain. So far she has managed to visit 24 of the 44 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain. (and many others in Europe too) Writing about Food Travel + Culture in Spain since 2011 she shares insight with people moving to the area or just visiting for a few days.
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Located just off Plaza Nueva, La Tienda-Libreria de la Alhambra is a small shop full of interesting books about Granada and the Alhambra — as well as some beautiful souvenirs. It is also an information point where you can pick up Alhambra tickets and find out general details for your visit.
Keeping watch over the city from its point atop the hill, this imposing UNESCO monument is the focal point of Granada and an obligatory stop on any itinerary. First mentioned in the 9th century, the vast fortress-palace complex is the stuff of legend, and its grounds thoroughly inspiring. On a visit, you'll weave through the Nasrid Palaces, which weave natural elements (space, light, water...) with wall carvings so intricate and delicate you wouldn't be remiss in thinking they were lace. The Generalife gardens are a tranquil oasis, and there are impressive views to be had from the Alcazaba fort too.
After a day of walking around the Alhambra, a little relaxation is in order, and a nice long soak seems just the ticket. The most atmospheric of Granada's Arab Baths, Hamman Al Andalus is also a genuinely historic site. The building dates back to the 13th or 14th century, and was initially a bathhouse and well, before becoming a bakery under Spanish rule. In 1998, it was restored to its former bathhouse glory, and now features rounded arches and colorful mosaics around its hot and cold pools.
From 8pm onwards, head to the busy Calle Navas, a street packed with tapas restaurants and bars.
Situated in Granada's Realejo area, Escudo 11 is a smart bar with a fun atmosphere and tasty drinks. The sushi is excellent here as well, if you find yourself in need of more food after tapa-hopping.
Granada Cathedral was built between 1526-1561. The vast Baroque building is stunning, with intricate details throughout, particularly on the altar and in its metalwork. The adjoining Royal Chapel was commissioned by Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, who are interred in the crypt beneath marble monuments.
Founded in 1349, La Madraza was one of the most important universities of the Islamic world. Though much of the original building was demolished to build a Boroque Catholic palace, the architects kept the stunning old oratory (or mirhab), and today the building is part of Granada University.
A stunning historic building at the base of the Alhambra, Casa de Zafra opened in 2014 as an information center for the Albaicín, Granada's Moorish quarter. Featuring information panels, videos, and interactive displays, the center provides a fascinating and informative introduction to the UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood.
Set in Plaza Larga, at the heart of the Albaicín, Casa Pasteles has been delighting locals with delicious coffee and pastries since 1928. A charming atmosphere and vibrant 'buzz' make it an ideal place to rest your feet and watch the surrounding scene.
Once you have visited the Alhambra and seen the Albaicín from within the palace, the view of the Alhambra palace from the Albaicín will complete the picture. The best view can be enjoyed from Mirador de San Nicolas, a beautiful park that offers incredible vistas of both the fortress and the city below.
The oldest monument in Granada, the 14th-century Corral del Carbon was originally used as a warehouse and inn for merchants. After the Spanish conquest, it became a playhouse, and later was acquired and restored by the government.
Asador Corrala del Carbon might not top the list for tapas, but specializing in roasted meats, it's a firm favorite with the local carnivore crowd. With a great list of local wines and a beautiful setting around a traditional Andalusian patio, it's not surprising that finding a table here can often be difficult.
Carved into the Sierra Nevada, the famous Alpujarra white villages are stunning, and well worth a day trip. It was to this area — between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean — that the Moors fled when the Castilians took Granada in 1492, and though they were later flushed out of their last stronghold, the whitewashed Alpujarra villages still retain a traditional feel, with terraced gardens and flat-roofed houses. Lanjaron, the first village you encounter when traveling from Granada, has one of the world's longest life expectancies, supposedly due to its fresh mountain air, good food and pure water. Stop off here to drink from one of its magical water fountains, and visit its well-known spa facility, El Balneario de Lanjaron.
A little higher up in the Alpujarras, Pampaneira is perched just above the breathtaking Poqueira gorge. Here you can stroll, linger over a coffee on Plaza Libertad, the main square, or shop for local crafts like colorful ceramics and Alpujarran rugs.
Situated right at the entrance to Pampaneira, Cafe Europa has outdoor tables and a good selection of food and drinks. The owner is very friendly and helpful too.
A little bit of heaven, Abuela Ili is a sweet factory that makes and sells chocolate bars featuring fresh local produce like raspberries, figs and oranges. You can peek through the windows and watch them making magic, and then sample and by their delicious creations in the connecting shop.