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Duquesa 10, Granada, Spain
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Drive from Granada to Madrid

by carcassone

The last leg of our March vacation is to get back to Madrid from Granada (no open jaw).

My current plan is to pickup a rental car from Seville and drive to Granada, touring the white hills town with an overnight in Ronda. We will not use the car during our 2 days in Granada. We'll drive from Granada to Madrid on the last day and probably spend our last night in a hotel close by the airport.

Is the drive from Granada to Madrid interesting? Rick Steves' said it's a boring 4-5 hrs drive. Is there any worthly stop along the way? We'd have done Toledo already as a daytrip from Mad the week before.

I'm thinking if it's there is not much explore along this route, then perhaps we can ditch the car 2 days earlier in Granada and just bus/train/fly to Madrid on that last day.

We are a family of 4 so I need to price out the options too.

RE: Drive from Granada to Madrid

by aeroarce

well, the road passes over Jaen, Despeñaperros and la mancha (quijote area.
when you enter Jaen you start to smell the Almazara (where the olive oil is made) and it cames along with you all the way to despeñaperros. Jaen is not very big but it is on the fall of a mountain and has a castle on top that today is a Parador nacional (www.parador.es), then you have about 1 hour of olive tree fields and wayby landscape (like the one you passed approaching granada from seville) and then is Despeñaperos. (http://www.sendero.es/despeaperros-1.htm) It is a natural mountain pass that before roads came to spain was very tricky and has many stories of valdoleros (thievs) and also is the entrance of Andalucia. it is not rally long but quite nice and a change of landscape. as soon as you enter Ciudad Real, The flat and brown manchega's landscape extends in front of you for the rest of the trip (3 hours) it is quite boring drive but you have some little towns and villages(http://www.donquijotedelamancha2005.com/ruta2005.php) and even a national park (Las Tablas de Daimiel: http://www.lastablasdedaimiel.com/)
The villages are cute and not very much visited as they are far from groups of tourists but worth a detour and the National park is one of the most beautiful parks but the thing is that it is a wet land and it hasn't rain for years.

That is what is waiting for you on route, but check also the train (www.renfe.es/ingles) or the plane (www.iberia.es; www.vueling.com www.spanair.com) prices, maybe it would be less cost and a day more in Granada or a small visit in Madrid.

Enjoy Spain!

Travel Tips for Granada

Granada itself abuts the...

by Ekahau

Granada itself abuts the northwestern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Ferdinand and Isabella are buried near the city's center, at the Capilla Real, in simple lead caskets surmounted by massive marble effigies. An inscription in Latin hails their zeal in the persecution of the infidel. A few blocks away a Moorish archway gives access to the courtyard of the Corral del Carbón, built in the fourteenth century as a caravanserai, an inn for traveling merchants; today visitors needing maps and books can get them here.

Setting eyes on the Alhambra, one understands how the romantic Orientalism of the nineteenth century got its start. Moorish gateways breach the ruddy walls. Within the palace vaulted ceilings hang with plasterwork resembling starbursts of fine lace. Fountains play in the courtyards, and cool streams run in marble canals. In the Court of the Lions a gallery of lean columns preen in the glassy floor. The scale is not monumental but human—the most seductive form of grandeur.

The stone walls of the Hall of the Ambassadors, three stories high, are intricately etched with passages from the Koran. Patterned wooden grilles cover the windows, dappling the interior. The atmosphere was not so peaceful half a millennium ago. In this chamber the hapless sultan Boabdil capitulated to Ferdinand and Isabella, who promptly moved into his palace. Here, a few months later, the monarchs told Christopher Columbus to go ahead with his voyage. And in this room Ferdinand and Isabella, goaded by the inquisitor Torquemada, signed the order to expel from Spain all Jews who would not convert to Christianity.

The Muslims who remained in Granada after Boabdil's retreat made their homes on a broad hillside across a valley from the Alhambra. This dense old Muslim quarter, known as the Albaicín, encourages wandering among its narrow lanes and terraced alleys. Along the crest of the Albaicín runs a segment of the ancient city wall, and on the grassy heights beyond are visible dozens of caves carved out by Gypsies. The red-and-yellow flag of Spain flies above the battlements at the prow of the Alhambra. It is joined by the flag of the European Union, with its circle of gold stars on a field of blue. Between them flies the flag of Andalusia, white and green, the green paying homage to the region's Islamic heritage. Andalusia's historical strata thrust into the present, plainly visible. As in the American Southwest, which resembles Andalusia in many ways, the strata are sometimes presented disingenuously. We once came across a street vendor selling T-shirts that displayed a cross, a Star of David, and an Islamic crescent side by side under the legend, in Spanish, THE SECRET IS THE MIXTURE. There was no hint of the treatment accorded two of those ingredients.

Spain's ancient Jewish heritage has of late received a measure of official emphasis, if only because outsiders come looking for it. The noncommercial part of Córdoba's old Jewish quarter, the Judería, with its twisting streets and hidden courtyards, is certainly an inviting part of town; a statue of Maimonides now graces a plaza on its edge, and the small fourteenth-century synagogue has been restored. But contemporary Jewish life is not prominent in Spain. There are only about 14,000 Jews in the country, and only about ten functioning synagogues.

water channels

by willy_wonka

when one wanders through the alhambra, especially the gardens, one will see water everywhere. why all this water? well for a start, the cooling and calming influence of trickling water was revered by the muslims. the ideal of 'paradise' involved gardens and spaces with water, to add to the idea of peace and harmony.

the water stairway, located in the generalife, has been to said to have maybe been designed to help with ablutions (washing) before prayer, which is required by muslims. the water that runs down this channel comes from the sultan's own private conduit.

the whole effect of the water stairway, and the fountains throughout the alhambra, are one of peace and calm. never have i felt such a calm, even when crowded by loud sweaty tourists! the trickle of the water, the serenity it provides, is beautiful. the poet juan ramon jimenez said it best i think,
i heard the music of the water more and more
yet at the same time less:
less was my blood, my life
and i heard that the music of my life and
blood was the running water.

Walk away from the city center

by davidlop

This is not a flat city, walk by the nearby hills, and you'll find a lot of nice spots, from simple small village street life, between north and south mediterranean life style; to a gipsy village carved into the rocky mountains...

Bar great for Students and Foreigners alike

by racheljapi about Hannigan and Sons

Great Irish pub off of Plaza Nueva in the Cathedral district. Here you can meet up with friends you've made in Granada, ones you've traveled with, or make new ones. A classic place to for exchange students and local 20 to 30 somethings to get together for a pint, you will never be short of interesting people to talk to. Casual. It's a student and backpacker place.

Granada parkings

by Carmela71

Driving through the city centre can be a nightmare, so I rather suggest to leave the car at the parking.

Even if expensive, a easy way is to leave it at Alhambra parking, as you do not have to enter on city center, only follow the Circunvalacion road until the sing of Ronda sur or Sierra Nevada, is the same exit that Alhambra


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