We flew with Norwegian Air, Norway budget airlines similar to Air Asia. Our flight was from Oslo Gardemoen Airport to Malaga International Airport. The journey took about 3 hours and upon arriving, we took a train to Malaga train station before proceeding to Granada via intercity bus.
Arrived there roughly at 7pm and spent about an hour trying to find the hostel. Walked for few kilometres before finally spotted the hostel's sign. Once we settled in, it was almost 9pm and went for a stroll around the tourist attraction area.
|Finding ways around|
The next morning, we woke up early and got ready for Alhambra. We bought the tickets few days prior to our visit and I tell you, I'll never do a last minute booking anymore. It's a miracle that we managed to secure 2 tickets at the very last minute because most people do their booking months ahead and tickets to Alhambra especially to Nasrid Palaces are of limited quantity. The main attraction of Alhambra (to us) is the Nasrid Palaces and our slot was at 8.30am. Ticketing booths are only open at 8am but when we arrived there at 7.30am, people had started queueing up!
The Nasrid Palace is so amazing and magnificent that it doesn't take you to be an architect to appreciate its beauty. The intricate calligraphic carving on the walls and domes of the palace and the soft light streaming from outside just magnify its glory. I am out of adjectives to describe the feeling. You just have to experience it yourself.
|Close-up of the carving on the walls. Subhanallah|
After we were done with our tour to Nasrid Palace, we then moved on to Alcazaba (still within Alhambra).
|View on top of the Watch Tower at Alcazaba|
Albeit panting while climbing the tower, all is forgotten to this mak buyung upon seeing such wonderful view. Oh yes, being 18 weeks pregnant (at that time) not going to stop me from all of these.
|On our way to Generalife|
We spent 4 hours at Alhambra and by the time we were done, our stomach (or at least mine) were grumbling with hunger. Took a mini bus back to the city and went to nearby restaurant for quick bite. Then, we just strolling around the city.
For dinner, we found a halal restaurant that served Spanish tapas, so we decided to give it a try.
The portion may be small but we were so full afterwards that we decided to call it a night! Head back to the hotel at 11pm and I dozed off as soon as my head touched the pillow. Long day awaits the next day because we were heading to Cordoba to see the famous Mezquita-Catedral.
To be continue....