Exploring The City of Granada

Granada Saint Nicolas

Most of our travel plans in the last 10 months have been quite spontaneous, however this trip to Granada has been planned well in advance as it was the weekend my cousin Victoria was getting married.

In Granada we stayed in an AirBnB apartment in the old town of Albayzin about a 10 minute walk from the City Centre.

Granada Albayzin
(Walking through the Albayzin neighbourhood)

Tip: Walk along the picturesque promenade Carrera del Darro along the river for hippy shops, restaurants and cafes.

Granada Hippy Shop
(Lots of cool/hippy/Moroccan style shops in Albayzin)

It was a great feeling to finally have our own place after spending 3 months in a hostel with 10 other volunteers. We could be messy, loud, and leave our dishes if we felt like it. We also had a stunning view from the terrace of Granada’s main attraction, The Alhambra.

Granada Albaicin
(Sandy posing on our AirBnB terrace with The Alhambra in the background. Doesn’t she look gowjas!)

The Saturday was spent hanging out at Hotel Andalusia Centre, where my dad was staying. We caught up over a few drinks by the pool and then prepared ourselves for the wedding ceremony.

Granada Hotel Pool
(Hotel Andalucia Pool Terrace – we returned here a few times during the week after they had left 😉 #budgettravellertricks)

The wedding was held at Cortijo del Marques deep in the hills of Granada. The venue and hotel had been fully booked out by mine and the groom’s family who had all flown over from the UK.

Granada Wedding
(Cheeky selfie at the dinner table)
Granada Bride
(My cousin Victoria looking beautiful on her Wedding Day)

As like most weddings it was very special and good to see all my family in high spirit, letting loose and having a good ole’ time. We even thought of livestreaming such a special day for my cousin with the help of these experts from Florida to make it more spectacular than it already is.

Granada Dance Floor
(My dad busting out his ‘snake hips’ moves and impressing his fiancé)

When the weekend was over, Sandy and I had no plans for a week so decided to use AirBnB to book a private room just outside the City Centre. It was great to have a few days to relax and catch up on some blogging after a busy couple of weeks. But we also fit in some time to check out some of the attractions in Granada.

Granada Palacio de Carlos V
(Palacio de Carlos V in The Alhambra. Not sure what it was famous for because I don’t always pay attention but it was popular and free)


Granada Heat
(Very hot and very dry..It actually reached 42 degrees later that day!)

During this week it was also extremely hot with the average temperature being around 38 degrees everyday with one day even topping 42 degrees! This was way too hot and dry for me as you can imagine but Sandy loved the heat. Apparently it gets even hotter during July and August, which can be unpleasant for holiday makers, so we advise to visit Granada in late Spring or early Autumn. I’d also suggest that you only need a couple of days to experience Granada or even just a day trip if you’re short on time.

Overall we enjoyed Granada but are now glad to be on the coast in Marbella soaking up the sun and sea breeze.

Have you been to Granada before? Share your experience in a comment below…

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