A Travellerspoint blog

November 2017

Toledo - UNESCO city will take you 500 years back in time

16th century Alcazar was rebuilt under Franco and now houses a vast military museum

16th century Alcazar was rebuilt under Franco and now houses a vast military museum

Puente del Alcantara was built by the Romans across the Tagus River; city population now 85,000

Puente del Alcantara was built by the Romans across the Tagus River; city population now 85,000

16th century Puerta de Bisagra Nueva is the main entrance to Toledo today; when Philip II moved the Royal Court from Toledo to Madrid in 1561 Toledo went into a gradual decline

16th century Puerta de Bisagra Nueva is the main entrance to Toledo today; when Philip II moved the Royal Court from Toledo to Madrid in 1561 Toledo went into a gradual decline

1355 Sinagoga del Transito; the Jewish Quarter comprised 10% o Toledo and had 10 synagogues before the Jews were expelled in 1492

1355 Sinagoga del Transito; the Jewish Quarter comprised 10% of Toledo and had 10 synagogues before the Jews were expelled in 1492

15th century bronze Puerta del Perdon or Door of Forgiveness at the Toledo Cathedral; doors are closed except for very special occasions

15th century bronze Puerta del Perdon or Door of Forgiveness at the Toledo Cathedral; doors are closed except for very special occasions

Muslim Puerta del Cambron was rebuilt in the 16th century; city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Muslim Puerta del Cambron was rebuilt in the 16th century; city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Imposing 15th century Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes; Ferdinand and Isabella had originally planned to be buried here

Imposing 15th century Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes; Ferdinand and Isabella had originally planned to be buried here

Toledo Cathedral was built of white limestone starting in 1226 but not finished until 1493

Toledo Cathedral was built of white limestone starting in 1226 but not finished until 1493

During the Spanish Civil War the Siege of the Alcazar had Nationalist forces holding the building against overwhelming Republican opposition

During the Spanish Civil War the Siege of the Alcazar had Nationalist forces holding the building against overwhelming Republican opposition

16th century Alcazar sits at the highest point of the city; it was used as a Roman palace in the third century and restored under Charles I in 1540

16th century Alcazar sits at the highest point of the city; it was used as a Roman palace in the third century and restored under Charles I in 1540

1504 Gothic altarpiece of the Toledo Cathedral is made of gilded wood and is five stories tall

1504 Gothic altarpiece of the Toledo Cathedral is made of gilded wood and is five stories tall

15th century choir stalls depict the various stages of the conquest of Granada; visiting on Sunday wasn't the best idea since the cathedral doesn't open until 2:30pm

15th century choir stalls depict the various stages of the conquest of Granada; visiting on Sunday wasn't the best idea since the cathedral doesn't open until 2:30pm

1524 Monstrance of Arfe in the cathedral is made of the finest silver and gold and bejeweled with gems; measures more than 10 feet high

1524 Monstrance of Arfe in the cathedral is made of the finest silver and gold and bejeweled with gems; measures more than 10 feet high

1579 Disrobing of Christ by El Greco; one of his most famous works which hangs in the cathedral; El Greco spent the last 35 years of his life in Toledo

1579 Disrobing of Christ by El Greco; one of his most famous works which hangs in the cathedral; El Greco spent the last 35 years of his life in Toledo

Gorgeous ceiling in the sachristy, Toledo Cathedral; biggest bell in Spain is in the cathedral bell tower weighing in at 17.5 tons

Gorgeous ceiling in the sachristy, Toledo Cathedral; biggest bell in Spain is in the cathedral bell tower weighing in at 17.5 tons

Hospital Tavera is now a major art museum with masterpieces by El Greco and Titian among others

Hospital Tavera is now a major art museum with masterpieces by El Greco and Titian among others

The Toledo Cathedral is one of three High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered by many to be the apex of the Gothic style in Spain

The Toledo Cathedral is one of three High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered by many to be the apex of the Gothic style in Spain

Group in front of the Royal Staircase at the Alcazar; originally intended as a royal residence it was never occupied as such

Group in front of the Royal Staircase at the Alcazar; originally intended as a royal residence it was never occupied as such

14th century Mudejar-style Iglesia de Santo Tome; houses El Greco's most famous work The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

14th century Mudejar-style Iglesia de Santo Tome; houses El Greco's most famous work The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

Late 14th century Puerta del Sol was one of the gates to the city

Late 14th century Puerta del Sol was one of the gates to the city

The Sinagoga del Transito is decorated in the Mudejar style and now houses a religious museum

The Sinagoga del Transito is decorated in the Mudejar style and now houses a religious museum

Intricately carved pine ceiling of the Sinagoga del Transito; name of the synagogue comes from a famous painting it houses

Intricately carved pine ceiling of the Sinagoga del Transito; name of the synagogue comes from a famous painting it houses

Most trains to Toledo were sold out.  Why wouldn't they add more cars???

Most trains to Toledo were sold out. Why wouldn't they add more cars???

Toledo city hall; a thousand years ago the Jews, Muslims and Christians lived peacefully together here lending the city the nickname 'city of three cultures'

Toledo city hall; a thousand years ago the Jews, Muslims and Christians lived peacefully together here lending the city the nickname 'city of three cultures'

10th century Puerta Bab al-Mardum is probably the oldest gate of the city; less than an hour by train from Madrid

10th century Puerta Bab al-Mardum is probably the oldest gate of the city; less than an hour by train from Madrid

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Seville - Heart of Andalucia is a tourist's dream

12th century La Giralda is attached to the cathedral; it was originally part of a mosque from the time of the Moors

12th century La Giralda is attached to the cathedral; it was originally part of a mosque from the time of the Moors

Plaza de Espana; in 1503 Seville was awarded an official monopoly on Spanish trade with America

Plaza de Espana; in 1503 Seville was awarded an official monopoly on Spanish trade with America

Seville Cathedral was completed in 1502 and was the largest Gothic cathedral in the world; amazing to consider that even today it remains the largest church in the world by volume!

Seville Cathedral was completed in 1502 and was the largest Gothic cathedral in the world; amazing to consider that even today it remains the largest church in the world by volume!

Tomb of Christopher Columbus inside the Seville Cathedral

Tomb of Christopher Columbus inside the Seville Cathedral

You enter the Alcazar through the Patio del Leon which was the garrison yard of the original palace

You enter the Alcazar through the Patio del Leon which was the garrison yard of the original palace

Plaza de Toros seats 12,000 and during the Seville Fair hosts one of the most famous bullfights in the world

Plaza de Toros seats 12,000 and during the Seville Fair hosts one of the most famous bullfights in the world

It took more than 100 years to construct the Seville Cathedral; it remains one of the most grandiose buildings from medieval times

It took more than 100 years to construct the Seville Cathedral; it remains one of the most grandiose buildings from medieval times

Alcazar interior; the Alcazar, Cathedral and Archives together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Alcazar interior; the Alcazar, Cathedral and Archives together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The stunning attention to detail in the Alcazar is just overwhelming; every element was well designed creating a spectacular sight

The stunning attention to detail in the Alcazar is just overwhelming; every element was well designed creating a spectacular sight

The Torre del Oro is a 13th century watchtower that controlled ships using the Guadalquivir River

The Torre del Oro is a 13th century watchtower that controlled ships using the Guadalquivir River

The Plaza de Espana is one of my all-time favorite places.  I just love the symmetry and attention to detail.  The beautiful tile work is so perfect.

The Plaza de Espana is one of my all-time favorite places. I just love the symmetry and attention to detail. The beautiful tile work is so perfect.

Don Quixote, written in 1605, is widely considered the first modern novel; Cervantes is regarded as the best Spanish writer in history

Don Quixote, written in 1605, is widely considered the first modern novel; Cervantes is regarded as the best Spanish writer in history

Every Spanish province has a unique tiled portion along the Plaza de Espana; great to wander gazing at the different parts of the country

Every Spanish province has a unique tiled portion along the Plaza de Espana; great to wander gazing at the different parts of the country

Town Hall; Seville is the capital of Andulusia with 1.5 million people in the metro area making it Spain's 4th largest city

Town Hall; Seville is the capital of Andulusia with 1.5 million people in the metro area making it Spain's 4th largest city

I really appreciated the innovativeness of the covered streets since it was blazing hot

I really appreciated the innovativeness of the covered streets since it was blazing hot

Plaza de Espana; Seville has the only river port in Spain; it's 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean

Plaza de Espana; Seville has the only river port in Spain; it's 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean

Puerta del Perdon de la Catedral; a plague in 1649 caused the death of half the city's population

Puerta del Perdon de la Catedral; a plague in 1649 caused the death of half the city's population

Great, box-like choir fills the nave of the Seville cathedral; largest altarpiece in the world is also here

Great, box-like choir fills the nave of the Seville cathedral; largest altarpiece in the world is also here

Seville is the hottest major metropolitan city in Western Europe with average highs of 95 degrees; even in October the heat was brutal

Seville is the hottest major metropolitan city in Western Europe with average highs of 95 degrees; even in October the heat was brutal

Impressive that the Alcazar didn't sustain damage from the Lisbon 1755 earthquake

Impressive that the Alcazar didn't sustain damage from the Lisbon 1755 earthquake

View from the Giralda; the high-rise is the Seville Tower designed by Cesar Pelli

View from the Giralda; the high-rise is the Seville Tower designed by Cesar Pelli

The Plaza de Espana was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition; many of Seville's landmark buildings were also built for the expo

The Plaza de Espana was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition; many of Seville's landmark buildings were also built for the expo

Jardines de Murillo; in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan departed Seville for the first circumnavigation of the earth

Jardines de Murillo; in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan departed Seville for the first circumnavigation of the earth

The Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe; the Spanish royal family uses the upper floors as their royal residence in Seville

The Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe; the Spanish royal family uses the upper floors as their royal residence in Seville

Built primarily in the 1300s (during the Dark Ages in Europe), the Alcazar is considered one of architecture's high points

Built primarily in the 1300s (during the Dark Ages in Europe), the Alcazar is considered one of architecture's high points

The Alcazar is regarded as the finest example of Mudejar architecture in Spain

The Alcazar is regarded as the finest example of Mudejar architecture in Spain

Monstrance for the Holy Friday only leaves the Seville Cathedral one day a year during Semana Santa

Monstrance for the Holy Friday only leaves the Seville Cathedral one day a year during Semana Santa

Seville just selected as one of Lonely Planet's 10 cities to visit in 2018

Seville just selected as one of Lonely Planet's 10 cities to visit in 2018

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Malaga proved surprisingly enjoyable and nice tourist stop

The Roman Theater dates from the 1st century BC; it was rediscovered in 1951

The Roman Theater dates from the 1st century BC; it was rediscovered in 1951

Spent 5 days enjoying the best view in Torremolinos; had great apartment but seldom left it and never even went to the beach

Spent 5 days enjoying the best view in Torremolinos; had great apartment but seldom left it and never even went to the beach

Malaga is the southernmost large city in Europe and the 6th largest city in Spain

Malaga is the southernmost large city in Europe and the 6th largest city in Spain

Alcazaba; combo ticket to see hilltop castle and Alcazaba was less than $5; the complex is woefully short of good signs though and I think I walked twice what I should have

Alcazaba; combo ticket to see hilltop castle and Alcazaba was less than $5; the complex is woefully short of good signs though and I think I walked twice what I should have

Nazari Palace within the Alcazaba; the complex is marketed as a mini-Alhambra but that is giving the Malaga Alcazaba way too much credit

Nazari Palace within the Alcazaba; the complex is marketed as a mini-Alhambra but that is giving the Malaga Alcazaba way too much credit

18th century Baroque Bishop's Palace; unique, colorful marble facade makes the building stand out

18th century Baroque Bishop's Palace; unique, colorful marble facade makes the building stand out

The cathedral is crammed in among other buildings making it impossible to get a full shot of its facade; an excellent audioguide provided tons of detail on the interior

The cathedral is crammed in among other buildings making it impossible to get a full shot of its facade; an excellent audioguide provided tons of detail on the interior

Malaga Cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782; the cathedral was designed to have two 276 foot towers but only one was built

Malaga Cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782; the cathedral was designed to have two 276 foot towers but only one was built

17th century choir stalls carved from mahogany and cedarwood in the Malaga Cathedral; most of the sights in Malaga are within easy walking distance of each other

17th century choir stalls carved from mahogany and cedarwood in the Malaga Cathedral; most of the sights in Malaga are within easy walking distance of each other

Pablo Picasso's birthplace is now a museum; there is also a snazzier Picasso Museum in town

Pablo Picasso's birthplace is now a museum; there is also a snazzier Picasso Museum in town

Walls at the 11th century Castle of Gibralfaro; Malaga sees an estimated 6 million tourists per year

Walls at the 11th century Castle of Gibralfaro; Malaga sees an estimated 6 million tourists per year

I loved the colorful green parrots which were quite common and quite loud; Malaga is the 2nd busiest cruise port on the Iberian peninsula

I loved the colorful green parrots which were quite common and quite loud; Malaga is the 2nd busiest cruise port on the Iberian peninsula

I stayed at an airbnb place in a very working class neighborhood; many people have dogs and they weren't very good about cleaning up after them

I stayed at an airbnb place in a very working class neighborhood; many people have dogs and they weren't very good about cleaning up after them

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world having been founded by the Phoenicians in 770 BC

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world having been founded by the Phoenicians in 770 BC

Plaza de la Merced; Malaga enjoys 300  days of sunshine a year;  it's a breeze to navigate the coastal area around Malaga by train and/or bus

Plaza de la Merced; Malaga enjoys 300+ days of sunshine a year; it's a breeze to navigate the coastal area around Malaga by train and/or bus

Alcazaba courtyard; the Malaga airport is conveniently linked to Torremolinos and downtown Malaga by train except not at 4:30am when I needed to go

Alcazaba courtyard; the Malaga airport is conveniently linked to Torremolinos and downtown Malaga by train except not at 4:30am when I needed to go

The cathedral was planned with Renaissance architectural ideals but there was a shortfall of building funds so it was finished in Baroque style

The cathedral was planned with Renaissance architectural ideals but there was a shortfall of building funds so it was finished in Baroque style

City Hall and the attractive Parque de Malaga; Malaga has the warmest winters of any large city in Europe

City Hall and the attractive Parque de Malaga; Malaga has the warmest winters of any large city in Europe

The Alcazaba is an impressive complex dating from the 11th century; it was the palace/fortress of the Muslim rulers of the city

The Alcazaba is an impressive complex dating from the 11th century; it was the palace/fortress of the Muslim rulers of the city

Malaga is about 100km east of Gibraltar; it's Mediterranean coast is focused on tourism and is famous as the Costa del Sol

Malaga is about 100km east of Gibraltar; it's Mediterranean coast is focused on tourism and is famous as the Costa del Sol

Malaga is a popular stop for cruise ships; cube in lower left corner is the Center Pompidou Malaga, an off-shoot of the Paris museum, which opened in 2015

Malaga is a popular stop for cruise ships; cube in lower left corner is the Center Pompidou Malaga, an off-shoot of the Paris museum, which opened in 2015

View of the Alcazaba from the Castle of Gibralfaro; the rocky hillside was a natural strategic point and today provides great views

View of the Alcazaba from the Castle of Gibralfaro; the rocky hillside was a natural strategic point and today provides great views

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Cuenca, another UNESCO town, is one of my favorites in Spain

The famous hanging houses;  cliff used to be lined with hanging houses but these are the only ones left.

The famous hanging houses; cliff used to be lined with hanging houses but these are the only ones left.

Cathedral was first in Spain built in Gothic style.  Facade rebuilt in 1902 after the last one crumbled.

Cathedral was first in Spain built in Gothic style. Facade rebuilt in 1902 after the last one crumbled.

Among best day trips from Madrid along with El Escorial, Segovia and Toledo

Among best day trips from Madrid along with El Escorial, Segovia and Toledo

The Convent of St. Paul (on left) was built in the 16th century.  Now it is a luxury hotel.

The Convent of St. Paul (on left) was built in the 16th century. Now it is a luxury hotel.

Easy to tell that Cuenca is an unusual, artsy town (with only 56,000 residents)

Easy to tell that Cuenca is an unusual, artsy town (with only 56,000 residents)

Not much remains of the old Arab fortress.  Most of it was destroyed in the Spanish Civil War.

Not much remains of the old Arab fortress. Most of it was destroyed in the Spanish Civil War.

1762 Baroque Town Hall with three arches.  The center one provides the only vehicle access to the Plaza Mayor.

1762 Baroque Town Hall with three arches. The center one provides the only vehicle access to the Plaza Mayor.

Cuenca Cathedral cloisters.  Cathedral was much more interesting than I expected.

Cuenca Cathedral cloisters. Cathedral was much more interesting than I expected.

In the center is the Foundation Antonio Perez which has a huge abstract art museum.  He started the art revolution here that has revitalized the town.

In the center is the Foundation Antonio Perez which has a huge abstract art museum. He started the art revolution here that has revitalized the town.

Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only an hour from Madrid by train.

Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only an hour from Madrid by train.

Spain has lots of cool, public art.  This statue was across the street from the music conservatory.

Spain has lots of cool, public art. This statue was across the street from the music conservatory.

The original Mangana Tower was built sometime prior to 1565.  After attacks and a lightning strike it was rebuilt in 1926.

The original Mangana Tower was built sometime prior to 1565. After attacks and a lightning strike it was rebuilt in 1926.

Town reminded me of the Cinqueterre in Italy but without the coast.

Town reminded me of the Cinqueterre in Italy but without the coast.

Old Cuenca is built on a narrow ridge between two gorges making it easy to defend.

Old Cuenca is built on a narrow ridge between two gorges making it easy to defend.

The most famous civil buildings in Cuenca date from the 15th century.  They are known as the Casas Colgadas or Hanging Houses.

The most famous civil buildings in Cuenca date from the 15th century. They are known as the Casas Colgadas or Hanging Houses.

Bridge of St. Paul was built 1533 to 1589 to connect the town with the St. Paul convent. The original bridge collapsed and a new one constructed in 1902 using the original bridge supports.

Bridge of St. Paul was built 1533 to 1589 to connect the town with the St. Paul convent. The original bridge collapsed and a new one constructed in 1902 using the original bridge supports.

Plaza Mayor.  Bus from Madrid takes 2 1/2 hours but bullet train only 50 minutes.  Love the trains!

Plaza Mayor. Bus from Madrid takes 2 1/2 hours but bullet train only 50 minutes. Love the trains!

In 2010 the high speed train line opened between Madrid and Valencia.  Some of those trains stop at the station in Cuenca.

In 2010 the high speed train line opened between Madrid and Valencia. Some of those trains stop at the station in Cuenca.

The choir and main altar of the Cuenca Cathedral.  The design was influenced by the Norman court of King Alfonso VIII

The choir and main altar of the Cuenca Cathedral. The design was influenced by the Norman court of King Alfonso VIII

Cuenca cathedral among more interesting that I've visited; October weather ideal

Cuenca cathedral among more interesting that I've visited; October weather ideal

I loved the modern stained glass windows in the Cathedral. They were installed in the 1990s after a local competition.

I loved the modern stained glass windows in the Cathedral. They were installed in the 1990s after a local competition.

Gorgeous dome in one of the chapels within Cuenca Cathedral.  Most features in cathedral are more than 500 years old.

Gorgeous dome in one of the chapels within Cuenca Cathedral. Most features in cathedral are more than 500 years old.

Cuenca Cathedral was built between 1182-1270.  Had an excellent audioguide.

Cuenca Cathedral was built between 1182-1270. Had an excellent audioguide.

Impressive wooden ceiling in cathedral chapter house

Impressive wooden ceiling in cathedral chapter house

Renaissance archway carved in marble is the most impressive interior element of the cathedral

Renaissance archway carved in marble is the most impressive interior element of the cathedral

Unique meeting room in cathedral shows distinctive achievements of many artisans

Unique meeting room in cathedral shows distinctive achievements of many artisans

Spain is full of cathedrals so I applaud the locals for taking a bold step to stand-out

Spain is full of cathedrals so I applaud the locals for taking a bold step to stand-out

Excellent audioguide brought cathedral to life explaining carved cabinets, marble table and gold altar

Excellent audioguide brought cathedral to life explaining carved cabinets, marble table and gold altar

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More to Granada than just Alhambra - stunning churches!

Basilica of San Juan de Dios completed in 1759; the fresco paintings covering every inch of the church were done by one man

Basilica of San Juan de Dios completed in 1759; the fresco paintings covering every inch of the church were done by one man

The Royal Chapel is where Ferdinand and Isabella are buried; no photos allowed inside

The Royal Chapel is where Ferdinand and Isabella are buried; no photos allowed inside

Construction of the Granada Cathedral began in the early 16th century during the Spanish Renaissance; it was conceived on the model the cathedral in Toledo

Construction of the Granada Cathedral began in the early 16th century during the Spanish Renaissance; it was conceived on the model the cathedral in Toledo

Silver urn featuring the relics of St. John of God; he was born in Portugal in the 15th century, settled in Granada where he took care of the less fortunate, had a vision of the baby Jesus and changed his name to Juan de Dios

Silver urn featuring the relics of St. John of God; he was born in Portugal in the 15th century, settled in Granada where he took care of the less fortunate, had a vision of the baby Jesus and changed his name to Juan de Dios

Brilliant Mannerist altarpiece at the Royal Monastery of St. Jerome

Brilliant Mannerist altarpiece at the Royal Monastery of St. Jerome

Since the others slept in I decided that I would do a self-guided walking tour; Renaissance 1504 Monastery of St. Jerome

Since the others slept in I decided that I would do a self-guided walking tour; Renaissance 1504 Monastery of St. Jerome

Granada lies at 2400 feet above sea level in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains; in less than an hour you could be skiing or enjoying a Mediterranean beach

Granada lies at 2400 feet above sea level in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains; in less than an hour you could be skiing or enjoying a Mediterranean beach

Inside the Royal Monastery of St. Jerome every surface is painted;  just magnificent!

Inside the Royal Monastery of St. Jerome every surface is painted; just magnificent!

Royal Monastery of St. Jerome was the first in the world consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Royal Monastery of St. Jerome was the first in the world consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Basilica de San Juan de Dios had excellent audioguide; rated 8 out of 225 things to see in Granada on TripAdvisor

Basilica de San Juan de Dios had excellent audioguide; rated 8 out of 225 things to see in Granada on TripAdvisor

Basilica of St. Juan de Dios pulpit; the Baroque exterior doesn't begin to prepare you for the explosion of gold on the inside

Basilica of St. Juan de Dios pulpit; the Baroque exterior doesn't begin to prepare you for the explosion of gold on the inside

Basilica of St. Juan de Dios; I'm glad I waited around for them to open 30 minutes late; Rick Steve's made it a starred attraction in his book

Basilica of St. Juan de Dios; I'm glad I waited around for them to open 30 minutes late; Rick Steve's made it a starred attraction in his book

Basilica of St. Juan de Dios; you see lots of Spanish flags flying from apartments as the possible break away of Catalonia rages on

Basilica of St. Juan de Dios; you see lots of Spanish flags flying from apartments as the possible break away of Catalonia rages on

Seems ironic that to honor someone who helped the poor and less fortunate that you would build such a lavish church as Basilica of St. Juan de Dios

Seems ironic that to honor someone who helped the poor and less fortunate that you would build such a lavish church as Basilica of St. Juan de Dios

The Granada Cathedral was finally finished in 1704; it is wedged in among other buildings and hard to photograph

The Granada Cathedral was finally finished in 1704; it is wedged in among other buildings and hard to photograph

We had this view (from either the kitchen or the bathroom) of the Alhambra from our apartment; even better at night!

We had this view (from either the kitchen or the bathroom) of the Alhambra from our apartment; even better at night!

Waiting for the newlyweds; In the 13th century Granada was one of the richest cities in Europe and had a population of 350,000

Waiting for the newlyweds; In the 13th century Granada was one of the richest cities in Europe and had a population of 350,000

There were some excellent street performers in Granada; it's just impressive how they can stay so still for long periods

There were some excellent street performers in Granada; it's just impressive how they can stay so still for long periods

City Hall; Granada was considered a backwater Spanish town until it was rediscovered after the publication of Washington Irving's book Tales of the Alhambra in 1832

City Hall; Granada was considered a backwater Spanish town until it was rediscovered after the publication of Washington Irving's book Tales of the Alhambra in 1832

1525 Hospital Real is now a public library; I noticed that many places ignored their posted hours and had more iffy schedules

1525 Hospital Real is now a public library; I noticed that many places ignored their posted hours and had more iffy schedules

Basilica of San Juan de Dios is one of the world's most opulently decorated churches; every inch is glittering

Basilica of San Juan de Dios is one of the world's most opulently decorated churches; every inch is glittering

Mirador de San Nicolas is famous for having the best views of the Alhambra

Mirador de San Nicolas is famous for having the best views of the Alhambra

We stayed in an old palace in the Albaicin which is the old Muslim quarter; the streets are too narrow for cars so we hauled our luggage up the hill to our accommodation with much complaining

We stayed in an old palace in the Albaicin which is the old Muslim quarter; the streets are too narrow for cars so we hauled our luggage up the hill to our accommodation with much complaining

Queen Isabella loved Granada and thought the name very fitting; Granada was named for the pomegranate and Isabella felt the buildings were like seeds on the hillside

Queen Isabella loved Granada and thought the name very fitting; Granada was named for the pomegranate and Isabella felt the buildings were like seeds on the hillside

Puerta de Elvira is an 11th century Moorish arch that was one of the gateways to the city; Granada was the last Moorish stronghold in Western Europe

Puerta de Elvira is an 11th century Moorish arch that was one of the gateways to the city; Granada was the last Moorish stronghold in Western Europe

1567 Church of St. Peter and St. Paul; Granada sister cities include Marrakech and Coral Gables, FL

1567 Church of St. Peter and St. Paul; Granada sister cities include Marrakech and Coral Gables, FL

Lee flew into Granada instead of Malaga; Granada has a population of 270,000 with the metro being almost 480,000

Lee flew into Granada instead of Malaga; Granada has a population of 270,000 with the metro being almost 480,000

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