the finest Trip – Granada
Granada – filled with history
There are many ways in which people – especially famous people – would like to be immortalised in the history books. Just like Juana I de Castilla, who was born in Toledo in 1497 and is buried in the Capilla Real, the royal chapel of Granada. The mother of Carlos I, the first king of Spain is known as: Juana la Loca, Joan the Mad.
Rightly or wrongly, she was said to suffer from melancholy, depression, some psychoses and schizophrenia. Well.
Viewed without any of the insanity, however, Granada is not only the last resting place of an important woman of European history, but also a testimony set in stone to the Spanish past of conquest and reconquest.
The Alhambra, enthroned high above the impressive panorama of the Sierra Nevada, enchants with its filigree Moorish architecture and – from side to side, stone to stone, as it were – showy Renaissance aesthetics of the Habsburg king and emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles the Fifth. It is one of the most visited tourist at-tractions in Europe, this Alhambra, and has been a World Heritage Site since 1984.
If you don‘t want to queue at the box office for hours on end, you are well advised to order your tickets in advance. Weeks or even months in advance, mind you.
Alhambra, Albaicín and Hammam Al Ándalus
No less popular is the old quarter of Albaicín – with its legendary tapas bar Minitauro, where guests from all over the world have immortalised themselves with napkins and all kinds of paper snippets on the walls. A culinary stopover for eternity, so to speak.
For those who like it traditional, the flamenco show in the Cuevas de Sacramonte is a must. The caves are located at the end of the Paseo de los Tristes, serving as a breath-taking backdrop for the authentic musical spectacle. True and unadulterated rhythms await visitors – although of course, here too, at partly exorbitant tourist prices.
And if you are up for total relaxation after Alhambra and Albaicín, you should go to the Hammam Al Ándalus, the Arab baths of Granada. A massage with traditional essential oils or hot stones is indispensable, and then – finally and deeply relaxed – you can go to Calle Elvira, probably the most famous street in the old town with all its en-chanted bars and small shops.