As we have been tourists in Málaga city for few days now, we decided to be a bit more spontaneous, and make a day trip to Granada, as we have wanted to see the Alhambra for the longest time. By now you might have gathered that we both are a bit interested in architecture, and I am also a history freak. And Spain has a really colourful history when it comes for different eras; there are signs of Romans, and Moors to be seen, and also the Reconquista and its footprint on everything that came before.
When it comes to Alhambra, one of my all-time favourite artists, Loreena McKennitt, has performed there, and I recently found a video from YouTube where a young Muslim guy performs the Azan (a Muslim call to prayer) in the Alhambra for the first time since the Reconquista in the 15th Century! This gave me goosebumps all over and brought tears to my eyes! One does not have to be Muslim to appreciate the beauty of Azan.
So, early on the morning we checked the bus times and prices, and now we are sitting in a comfortable bus filled with tourists and Spaniards, heading towards another city about 1h 45min drive away from the coastal Málaga.
Obviously less than one day isn’t nearly enough to see Granada and everything there is to offer, as there are such sights as the Cathedral, the Alhambra, the Generalife… just to name a few! Whilst sitting in the bus and enjoying the drive, it is good to google the place we are heading to and it just seems to be giving and giving. Seeing all the places we should visit, it becomes clear that we really shouldn’t have booked a return bus at 18:00!
Get Your Tickets Beforehand!
When planning a trip to the Alhambra, make sure to purchase your tickets beforehand! We didn’t and that caused a bit of a hassle when we arrived to Granada Bus Station. Luckily for us there was a desk of Play at the bus terminal, who were able to sell us a packaged tour of Albaicin Quarter and the Alhambra. The price for this package was a bit steep, 45€ per person, but as this included a walking tour of the old Arabic neighbourhood in addition to the entrance to Alhambra’s Nasrid Palaces and of course the whole of Alhambra we were willing to pay the cost – not to mention that this was also the whole reason we made the trip to Granada this time.
If you are just interested in the Alhambra, you might want to check granadainfo.com for the availability of the tickets and how to purchase the tickets just for the Alhambra.
If you are taking a bus from Málaga, it will leave you at the bus station, which is a short distance away from the actual city centre, so you might consider taking a local bus, SN1, from the bus terminal to the city centre (by the Cathedral). This is a convenient way of heading to see the sights, and it costs only 1.40€ per person! Remember to have as close to the exact change as possible! Travel time is about 20 minutes, so if you are in a rush, you might want to consider taking a taxi instead.