So it’s our second day at Granada, which is a little town in the south of Spain. We spent the first day seeing the famous tourist attraction – Alhambra Palace (which was the reason to travel to Granda - please read my blog entry Alhambra Palace for more details). But for second day we had no plans and had the whole day to ourselves – so we did what we usually do, take the map and walk around the little town to see places we think are interesting.
Granada town view
It was November morning, so it was cold and the clouds in the sky were making it difficult for the Sun to come out. But still it was a good day to explore the town and if you had a simple jacket on, you could walk around. We studied the map and formed a vague plan on which direction to go. Then started walking through the narrow alleys, small cafes, open squares. It started getting uphill and we were walking through little homes washed in white, through a school, some buildings and the roads were slightly deserted. I was getting worried I like to walk in places where there are people around but I guess we were walking in some residential area and so it was a little quite. So we kept going.
Homes washed in white
But you never really know where you are going in a new place though you have the map and have read all reviews about the place on the internet. At crosswords, you think you are using logic, road map, road signs and general geographic observation, to decide, where to go - RIGHT or LEFT ?? But you use your gut to take you there where you have never been.
After nearly 2 hours of aimless walking, I was getting hungry and little restless. But you just listen to yourself and go in the direction your soul tells you to walk. More often than not your soul will guide you, it will take you where you are meant to go and the best part you don’t know what to except. It then arrives the special moment – we reached a high point from where we saw magnificent views of the Alhambra Palace standing tall, the jewel of Andalusia. The sun had fully come out with slight breeze and there was no one around, we stopped right there to adore the view of the jewel.
But if you ask me to take you there, I might not know the directions to that place . It’s when you just let yourself go and follow your gut, do you get views worthwhile!!
Magnificent views of Alhambra Palace from across the hill
We walked around the Albaicin somewhere between Calle Elvira, Plaza Nueva and Sacromonte. It's an easy walk and along the way there are some cafés & restaurants to sit back and enjoy the views.