A city with a noticeable 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. So a little creativity was needed so that the children would find Family Day in Granada just as exciting. In fact, we looked at some pictures in advance. This created excitement and curiosity for the children. Friends on site then 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. You can read why here.
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 weigh ourselves in the city 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 do this, you need a ticket reservation in advance, which can also be made online, and a passport on hand.
Visit to Alhambra – a place full of magic in Granada with kids.
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 courtyard and all the fairytale-like stories, let even the kids walk through the Alhambra with open mouths and big eyes. Boredom is out of the question for the time being. In the gardens we 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 knocking them open with stones. The milky almonds then go straight into your mouth. 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 this.
Flamenco and authentic cuisine in the middle of the old town A restaurant with a view of the Alhambra and in which the children feel just as comfortable is the restaurant Mirador de Morayma. Instead (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 been transported 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 drive 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.