Granada - what a beautiful place!
I've found another place to add to my "list of places around the world that I love!" Granada was a wonderful, enchanting little city full of character, colour and good food!
I spent 3 nights in Granada and could have stayed longer... Of course the Alhambra is the most iconic and famous reason that tourists flock to Granada and it's exquisite. Get tickets in advance or you'll be queuing up very early in the morning to ensure you get to visit. It's a wonderful example of Islamic architecture in Spain and with palaces, gardens and buildings galore with marble details, carved stone, archways and impeccable tiling throughout - it is truly stunning!
I loved the whole ambience of Granada and the whole "East meets West" (more south meets north here) with the colourful markets and 'souks' influenced by Morocco and the amazing food as well as gorgeous souvenirs and shopping opportunities!
And free food?! ... I mean nothing comes completely free but in Granada if you order a drink anywhere, you'll get "free" tapas style food to go with it. There are also some great places that allow you to choose your free dish which ensures it will be something you like.
Other highlights for me were walking around the Albacin (where the Morrocan influences are prevalent), wandering to Sacromonte - well known for its cave houses/hotels/restaurants which are occupied by the local gypsy colony and the amazing street art which is painted throughout city.
I hopped on a bus to Monachil at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada which I highly recommend. Get some information or look it up beforehand (tours are also available.) I did the hike independently for about 3.5 hours but I won't explain how or where as it's quite confusing to write down so best to ask at your accommodation or tourist information.
Admire the Alhambra and just immerse yourself in the hybrid of cultures in Granada!