I was in Granada, Spain over Christmas with my family and extended family and we had such a great time. We were staying at the Alixares hotel right across from the Alhambra. A four star hotel that doesn’t have parking which I found rather strange so we had to pay €17.50 to park across the street for 24 hrs. That was the one downside I think, the rooms were comfortable and the interior of the lobby was beautiful with marble, marble everywhere 🙂
For those of you that don’t know what the Alhambra is, it’s a palace (more like a walled town) from which the Nazrid Kingdom was governed for approx 150 years. The Nazrid (arab-muslim) area of control spanned what is now the modern day Andalusian region. You can see Islamic influences everywhere in the architecture of the Alhambra. It really is a spectacular place but was absolutely crawling with tourists taking photos in every nook and cranny when we were there, which detracts from the experience somewhat…
Another part of Granada that you will no doubt visit if you go there is the Albaizin neighbourhood. This is a little decrepit but so charming at the same time. There is a street called Calle Caldereria Nueva within this neighbourhood where lots of Moroccans sell leather goods, scarves, lamps etc. It’s crawling with tourists but you can get some good deals if you know how to bargain! There are also lot’s of teterias (moorish tea rooms) on this street, that serve tea, desserts and other beverages late into the night – you can even smoke hookahs and the interiors are usually pretty cool, Arabic in style.
Apart from that, the cathedral in Granada is pretty spectacular and well worth a visit (Or so I’ve been told – because I didn’t want to do the tour, it was freezing inside!) The main plaza outside was nice and warm though :p