This part of the trip to Granada was the part I was most looking forward to. I have never been to the top of a large mountain in my life, even though I come from Scotland which has many high mountain tops. We left the Guadalupe hotel after thanking the staff for their kindness and help. We more than enjoyed our stay there as it was out of the city centre but still easily accessible by a short 10 minute bus ride to the centre and of course a short walk to the magnificant La Alhambra Palace.
The journey by car to the bottom of the mountain was colourful and the views of the approaching mountain without snow was fantastic. Once we started on the road up the mountain the scenery changed and so did the fear factor. Huge drops with cliffs at the side of the road and at times I found it difficult to look down. Maurice had to stay focused on the road ahead and could not afford to take in the scenery. Maurice and Ann have made the journey before by bus and commented how sitting higher up in a bus made the journey frightening.
The Sierra Nevada (meaning “snowy range” in Spanish) is a mountain range in the region of Andalusia, provinces of Granada and Almería in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3478 m (11,411 ft.) above sea level.
It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in one of Europe’s most southerly ski resorts, in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little further, Almería and Málaga.
Yes it was a very enjoyable few days break and I must thank Maurice who did all the driving, as with me seeing double just now it’s not safe to drive. Oh and another thing I should mention. If you are recovering from a stroke it is not recomended you go to the top of a mountain. I am glad no one told me as I would have missed a fantastic day to the top of the Sierra Nevada. Bring on more adventures but I will check with my doctor first. Aye that will be right. As the Scottish say.
One thing we must visit whilst in Granada we were told was Al Alhambra Palace.
I am not a fan of museums and things like that so I went with a bit of intimidation
Well I was wrong Al Alhambra Palace is a magnificent place to visit, although you could be there all day going around the palace and the gardens, it is huge and make sure you take plenty to drink and eat as there is not many shops and no restaurants.
La Alhambra is the only medieval Muslim palace to be seen practically intact. The Alhambra’s fortress aspect which is surrounded by a 1,400 meter wall is typical of the architectural tendencies in use at that time. It was built on an impregnable site and enjoys privileged views over the city and surrounding countryside. The Alhambra represents the peak of Nasrid art, which developed in the previous era and can be seen in such buildings as the Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo and Casa de los Girones.
Initially of a defensive character, this would later acquire other uses and become an architectural model in itself. The Alhambra was so called because of its reddish walls (in Arabic, («qa’lat al-Hamra’» means Red Castle). It is located on top of the hill al-Sabika, on the left bank of the river Darro, to the west of the city of Granada and in front of the neighbourhoods of the Albaicin and of the Alcazaba
The whole palace is a a remarkable achievement built by the Muslims..
Orihuela holds one of the largest medieval market in Spain and this years was bigger than last years. Adults and children were catered for with attractions for all to see. Stalls selling everything from live pigs, ducks, toys, sweets, cakes, fresh food and of course there were the usual eating venues all with entertainment and music.
Knights in shining armour were seen riding with their lovely horses, belly dancers, musical groups, camel and horse riding for the kids and adults alike. What I liked most about the market was the smells and aromas going about the place from the barbeques and roasts being cooked on the streets.
It was like going back in time a couple of centuries ago. The stall holders were dressed in authentic costumes and from several countries as well as Spain. There were lots of traditional Spanish, Turkish and Moorish foods and drinks available. It was colourful, exotic with lively music everywere, there was different things to see around every corner. We spent over 4 hours and still did not manage to see everything as the market is placed around the old part of Orihuela with it’s very narrow streets and lanes.
This is the fourth year in a row we have visited the market and it has been different every year and believe it or not we bumped into some Scottish friends who were also enjoying visiting the medieval market. It is a shame that not many non Spanish people know about this traditinal fiesta held every year, then again I am glad as it was very busy the way it was with thousands of happy and intrigued people enjoying themselves with some hot red wine and some tasty barbeques. We look forward to going back next year.