A city with a huge breeze from the Orient!
A visit to Granada, especially to the famous palaces of the Alhambra, has been on our bucket list for a long time. The magnificent medieval architecture already tells so much about the history of Granada under the Islamic-Arab leadership. A little creativity was necessary so the children would enjoy our day in Granada as well. We kept it easy and just looked at some pictures of the city and the incredible Alhambra with them in advance. This created enough excitement and curiosity for the children. Friends on site gave us the missing tips for suitable places and visiting times. Right at the beginning we can say that the city pretty much blew us away. Why you can read in this blogpost.
Granada is one of the hottest cities in Spain. This means that in summer it can be 35 degrees in the shade. Therefore, well-thought-out planning is essential to avoid panting through the city in a sweaty state. We decided to be brave and start our visit in the late afternoon on a “rainy day” (in the end it rained about 3 drops). It all started with a visit to the fabulous Alhambra Palace. To enter, you need a ticket reservation in advance, which can also be made online, and a passport on hand.
Alhambra – a place full of magic
Within 3 hours you can stroll relaxed through the palace and the picturesque gardens. The small-scale wall decorations, the curved window arches, the fish in the Myrtle Court and all the fairytale stories make even the children run through the Alhambra with their mouths open and big eyes. In the gardens we even saw pomegranate trees with ripe fruit for the first time.
Still completely enchanted by this beauty, we continue to downtown Granada. It is about 20 minutes away. If you come by car, you should park on the outskirts of the city center, as the streets are very narrow and winding. Only experts manage to keep track of things. Before you go to dinner you can get an idea of the charming old town. Here and there are almond trees. If you are there at the right time of year, you can harvest some straight away. The children have the greatest fun opening it with stones. The small alleys are great for strolling and there are playgrounds for the children to discover in between. The streets are narrow and paved with irregular stones. A stroller is not suitable for the city walk.
Flamenco and authentic cuisine
A restaurant with a view of the Alhambra and in which the children feel just as comfortable is the restaurant Mirador de Morayma. Walk (the word climbing would also be appropriate) descends the small streets of the old town. It gets really tight the last few meters and you suddenly feel like you’ve traveled back centuries. From the street, the restaurant looks pretty inconspicuous, but that is deceptive. The food is served in a great atmosphere on a large ingrown terrace. Natural wine and Spanish specialties of the best quality are on the menu, which changes daily. A little tip, the Manchego variation is an absolute hit for cheese lovers. At sunset we went up to the Mirador de San Nicolas, a viewing platform just a few meters from the restaurant with a magnificent view of the Alhambra. In the evenings the city is full of flamenco guitarists and dancers. At the Mirador de San Nicolas there is always something musical to do. It is wonderful to listen to the music while the sun slowly disappears on the horizon. In the dark you can watch the rising starry sky with the children. For us, the best possible end to a day of discovery in Granada with children.