Gorgeous Granada

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Granada is simply gorgeous. It was my favourite stop during the four weeks I spent in Spain.

This post will have many photos, as I fell in love with the city and couldn’t help but take hundreds of pics!

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Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada looks grand. In every direction there is a magnificent view.

The Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín are stunning monuments of days gone by.

As well as being beautiful to look at, the Alhambra has a fascinating history.

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Walking around Granada was a sheer delight.  Beautiful cobblestone streets, intricate old buildings and splendid gardens bursting with colour, with the onset of spring, brought a smile to my face at every turn.

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Every day there was something new to see and explore. Each morning I’d set off to investigate a certain area and would end up getting lost (happily) in the back streets, chatting with locals, eating food and drinking merrily.

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Walking was an ideal way to get around. I highly recommend getting to the Alhambra by foot just to see the surrounds as you go.

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Once at the Alhambra, you get a chance to look back over to the Albayzín, which is also beautiful.

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Then you can also take a leisurely walk back down into town with even more stunning views.

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As I said – I fell in love with Granada. I have been telling everyone that I intend to retire there someday.

From the moment I arrived I knew I was in for something special. Even the view from the airport tarmac was spectacular!

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Our plane was the only one there when we arrived!

Granada is a special place that I will always remember with fondness.

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After 6 nights I jumped into a hire car and headed off into the mountains towards the next stop – Órgiva.

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