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Granada, Spain

Written on: Tuesday April 14th, 2015

A journal entry from: South Africa, Europe 2015

From Sitges we continued our voyage south with our destination a place called Javea which is located on the coast midway between Valencia and Alicante. There we were well hosted by fellow villa people Ron and Julie Hall. These transplanted British, Botswanan, South African, Vancouverites have decided to make their new home here. And a wise decision it is. What's to lose when your are paying the same price for a four bedroom villa with swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean  as for a mid sized apartment in Kits? As a bonus their son, daughter in law and grand daughter also live there. We spent a fun couple of days socializing with various family members who also find this a nice place to visit, and playing with our second favorite dog Daisy. From Javea we once again headed south, electing to bypass the busy coastal roads and stopping to visit the lovely Renaissance towns of Baeza and Ubeda. This should have been an amazingly scenic drive as one passes through the middle of some impressive mountain ranges ringed by the 150 million olive trees that are found in Andalucia. The weather, however, decided not to cooperate and there was not much visible through the clouds and the rain. Luckily the sun reappeared in time for our visit to the great Moorish palace fortress of the Alhambra set in the beautiful town of Granada. An amazing number of other tourists, for this time of year, joined us there. However the gardens of the palace are so huge that there was ample room for everyone. Apart from the Alhambra we enjoyed exploring the narrow alleys and small squares of Albacin, the former Moorish quarter situated on the hills above town.