We spent our last night in Morocco in the bustling port city of Tangier. To celebrate the last we see of tagines, we treated ourselves to a thai dinner. Although its tomyam was a little bit strange and the green curry very strange, we were quite impressed with Tangier, which has many stately James Bond-esque old buildings left over from its colonial past, but is also buzzing with energy and promise, as evident in its new humongous port and soon-to-be-built giant marina.

We caught a ferry to Algeceiras, Spain the next morning, which turned out to be a ferry / cargo ship / cruise liner. The journey across the Straits of Gibraltar on the Balearia (which has a swimming pool on its upper deck) lasted just over an hour, significantly less than the time spent waiting to board (while the trailers were being loaded into the cargo). Another four hour bus ride later, and we were in Granada!

The snazzy ferry

Sara freezing while waiting to board the snazzy ferry

The website of the Rambutan hostel provides detailed directions on how to get there. However, these detailed directions are not very clear. Anyway, two bus rides, a long walk, and a bit of arguing later, we finally got there. It was worth it though, as the Rambutan sits on a hill overlooking the Alhambra in an area called Sacramonte, and just 10 minutes walk to the city. Hippies live in caves behind the hostel.

The Rambutan Hostel - so named because like the rambutan, it's hard to find in Granada

Sunset over the Alhambra (view from Rambutan Hostel)

There's a free 2-hour historical walking tour every morning. Guides (usually travelers who don't want to go home) conduct these, and you just tip them as much as you like. Highly recommended!

Water is very clean here

Trying to put on weight after becoming too slim from walking everywhere

Isabella and Ferdinand - we'll tell their story in the next post

Cats have siestas too here ๐Ÿ™‚

As luck would have it, we arrived in time for the start of the week-long parade leading up to Easter Sunday (Easter is celebrated in a big way here – schools are off for a week). It was spectacular!

At the starting line!

The first part of the procession

We were told that some of the items carried are very very old - if there was a chance of rain, the entire parade would be cancelled

We managed to get tickets for the Alhambra after queuing up for an hour at seven this morning (not as long as the queue for Nasi Kandar Beratur, but hopefully more worthwhile). Then we’re taking the night train to Barcelona.

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11 thoughts on “Granada

  1. Melissa G. says:

    the pictures that you guys have been snapping are amazing! what camera are you guys using?

  2. monyetnews says:

    Religious people wear weird clothes there too ?

  3. love the clean water bit.. but its coming out of the “horse-looking” punya nose rite?hehehehe..

  4. mrbradjones says:

    It’s great to read your travels through Morocco and Granada. I’m actually living in Tangier and my brother is in Granada, so I make the trip up there quite a bit. Thanks for sharing.

  5. nn says:

    hi there, i just come across you website while trying to figure out how to buy a night train.
    could you explain more to me? I read in the entry you took night train.. please contact me at email i put in details below
    Many thanks

    • Sorry for the late reply, you’ve probably figured out by now? We don’t recommend taking the overnight train if you can help it – it’s quite expensive, not very comfortable and painfully slow. If you want, can book at the renfe website or at the station. Otherwise you might want to take the bus, or if you have the time, take a cheap flight from Seville.

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