I have had the wonderful opportunity of traveling extensively through Spain. It is muy glorioso! Very beautiful in architecture, food (tapas –small plates for sharing and sangria is the way to go), language, culture and people. A visit to Granada is one of the highlights. This excerpt from Conde Nast Traveler hits all of the key points of this amazing city. When you see the Alhambra you will cry for joy from the sheer beauty of it!
And if you studied Spanish in school it will come to good use — the Spaniards speak Spanish much slower than their Caribbean and Mexican counterparts so it will be alot easier to follow what everyone is saying. If not, Spaniards have a very good command of English, so do not fear, Diviertate and Bienvenidos a Espana (Enjoy and Welcome to Spain!).
In one day you will experience the best of Catholic, Muslim and Jewish cultures, history and architecture (the other place for this is Israel, of course).
Malaga, Spain: Head to Granada, a 90 minute drive to see the Alhambra. It is expansive, about 1.5 million sq feet, so you need at least 2 hours to see it. Lines are long so have a guide get your tickets in advance. Start at the Nasrid Palaces, adorned with latticework, arabesques and honeycomb ceilings. At the Puerta del Vino, you will see stones from an old Jewish cemetary and you’ll see the Hebrew writing. Stroll through the rose filled gardens of the Generalife, the emir’s summer residence. Go to the Albaicin, Granada’s former Arab quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then to Carmen Mirador de Aixa for lunch and check it’s terrace with a panoramic view of the Alhambra. Next to the 14th Cent Hammams al Andalus baths, decorated with brightly colored tiles that Spain is so famous for. Get a massage and relax in their pool. Then to the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, where Ferdinand and Isabella are buried.
Excerpts from Conde Nast Traveler, Photos from Google Images