Tranquil despite the crowds!
When you arrive at the Mirador you may have to wait a little while for a space on the wall to free up. People are understandbly reluctant to leave such an inspiring view of the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada and the plains beyond. At the height of the tourist season there are lots of people selling trinkets and playing guitar music which adds to the atmosphere (bongos less so I find!!)
Two tips about this spot 1. For the older or less fit tourist...there are little mini buses leaving from Plaza Nueva that will run you up there .Then you can enjoy the winding stroll back down the hill, especially useful if you are visiting in July or August.
2. A mosque was built in 2002 (?) to the right of the Mirador. This spot offers more or less the same view but less people and a pretty garden to relax in.
Generalife & The Gardens Of Generalife
The gardens of the Generalife (dating to as far back as the 1200s) actually separates the country house from the Palace and Alcazaba. Here's a glimpse of the beautiful Generalife Gardens located within the compounds of the Alhambra.
Seems everywhere I've gone in the past several years I've found graffiti aimed at the current President of the United States but I don't view it as Anti-American sentiment as much as Anti-Bush sentiment. I think people in other countries can separate the people from the US from the politics and leaders of the US.
I didn't personally encounter any anti-American sentiments while in Spain so felllow Americans, no need to sew those maple leaves on your back pack just yet ;-)
Las Alpujarras: The hidden villages way
Las Alpujarras is a beautiful place at Province of Granada, situated at Sierra Nevada, a mountainous area. There are some white villages along a wandering path, like Lanjarón, Orgiva, Pampaneira or Trevélez. Each town has its charms: people, architecture, arts and crafts, typical food...
If you like strong emotions, rent a car and drive into this way!
The picture shows the main street of Pampaneira, my favourite town of those I visited, with its typical architecture, steep alleys and handcrafts shops.
If you want more information, you can check my Las Alpujarras travel page.
Las Alpujarras es una hermosa región de la Provincia de Granada, situada en la Sierra Nevada, una zona montañosa. Hay numerosos pueblitos blancos a lo largo de una ruta sinuosa, como Lanjarón, Orgiva, Pampaneira o Trevélez. Cada pueblo tiene sus encantos: su gente, su arquitectura, sus artesanías, su comida típica... Si te gustan las emociones fuertes, alquila un auto y recorre esta ruta!
La foto muestra la calle principal de Pampaneira, el pueblito que má me gustó de los que visité, con su arquitectura típica, sus artesanías y sus callecitas empinadas.
Si quieres más información, la puedes encontrar en mi página de Las Alpujarras.
Below the Alhambra, at the...
Below the Alhambra, at the Paseo de los Tristes, there are many bars offering 'Tapas'. Specially during the warm season, when all the summer terraces are open, this is the right place to begin a long granadinian night - or to put yourself in the right mood to visit one of those concerts in the magic gardens of Generalife.
In this so typical part of the town you'll find again numerous popular locals, which offer 'Tapas' for the hungry - specially liked are snails and fried fish - and beer, wine and refreshments for the thirsty.