Spain: Andalusia – Granada, home of the Alhambra
Set deep in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, this regional capital has a rich and troubled history
After a few days rest we were glad to be continuing our tour of Spain. We were headed towards the region of Andalusia, an area we had long wanted to visit. On the way we dropped off our daughter Chloe off at the airport in Alicante and the remaining members of our family set off to Granada.
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Granada is the capital of the region. It has a rich history, resulting from its ownership has changed hands many times throughout its long history. Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs invaded the peninsula in the 8th century and gave the city its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.
We dropped the rental car off at the railway station and took a taxi for the last couple of miles to the city centre. Our hotel for the next couple of days was set in a quiet little side street but close to all the action. After a short time settling in we went out for a bite to eat and a walk around the historic streets.