Wow, we had two astonishing days in Granada, just a 20-minute drive from our picturesque and peaceful Las Lomas campsite. It’s a fabulous city with a long history but also a modern feel to it – and always with the awe-inspiring backdrop of the mighty Sierra Nevada mountains. There are more than 20 peaks over 3,000m, making it the second highest mountain range in Europe after the Alps. On a clear day these mountains can be seen from north Africa.
We visited the Alhambra palace and fortress – and just: big WOW! It’s the most astonishing buildings we’ve ever seen. Quite simply stunning.
Its name comes from the Arabic Al-Ḥamra, meaning “the red one”, and it was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 but then largely ignored until its ruins were rebuilt in the 11th century by Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar. Alhambra’s Islamic palaces, as they are now, were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain. In 1492 after the Moors had left, some parts of it were used by Christian rulers and the Palace of Charles V was slotted in to the Alhambra.
All of it is astonishing and especially the Alhambra tiles that are remarkable in that they contain nearly all, if not all, of the 17 mathematically possible wallpaper groups (a mathematical classification of a two-dimensional repetitive pattern, based on the symmetries in the pattern). This is a unique accomplishment in world architecture. Put simply, they looked awesome and Daniel loved drawing the patterns!
Then we went to the Parque de las Ciencias (The Science Park) with its seven permanent exhibition halls and various areas for temporary exhibitions. There were fantastic interactive displays covering health, the environment, architecture, literature, physics, chemistry, mechanics, astronomy and more. Lots of fun, brilliant education – plus happy, helpful and friendly staff too! Even the robot there had love in his eyes…
Granada: a must-see city!
(We’re delighted to let you know that these lovely photos were brought to you fantastically swiftly thanks to our iBoost internet system – that does what it says on the tin, and boosts the wifi in the air – we’re very happy with our new device as months of cursing the tardy internet airwaves at many campsites has come to an end. It works a treat, and allows you to use more than one device at a time too. The couple, Sophie and Adam, running the company selling them are two seasoned travellers as well, so know what they’re talking about. If you’re combining camping with any sort of online activity we’d say an iBoost is a must-have device!)