GRANADA

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Coat: H&m - scarf: Cos - jupmper, bag & boots: &otherstories

Our home away from home - Granada airbnb

Our home away from home - Granada airbnb

For years now, I’ve made it somewhat of a tradition for birthdays to be celebrated with travel and his birthday was no exception. With January in London being characteristically dark, there was no better time to head to Spain for some much needed warmth and light. Intent on going somewhere new whilst keeping the cost of travel down, we purchased our flights to Malaga, with our sights set on Granada for the week end. Whilst we did head to Granada as planned, we were nonetheless swayed by the pretty town center, cool marina walk and warm weather Malaga had to offer. Since we arrived late on Friday night, we spent our first night in Malaga, where we enjoyed lively tapas bars and views of the Alcazaba. As the gateway to the Costa del Sol, it sure can get crowded in the summer. But travel off season, and you can enjoy all that the city has to offer whilst (somewhat) seamlessly blending in with the locals.

Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and less than a couple of hours drive away, Granada presented a refreshingly unique experience (and by refreshing I don’t just mean the below freezing temperatures at night)! Though the Alhambra is undeniably the big ticked item of any trip to Granada, the enduring moorish influence can be felt throughout the city. As you climb up the old town, it reveals itself with increasing charm in the details of the city’s medieval architecture, historic Arab quarters, colourful mosaics and exquisite wall carvings. If, like most, you travel to Granada for the Alhambra, I hope that you too will find that the city has more to offer than its iconic castle. Whilst it may have been one of the trip’s highlights, the week end would not have been complete without the vibrant night life, exotic tea houses, spontaneous flamenco street performances, traditional tapas and mouthwateringly good churros con chocolate.