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This street was just above oursNext street in VélezOur street in VélezThe chuch and the castle (torreón). The house was between the two.

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We spent the last month of our stay in this enchanting village about 15 minutes from the coast. Though very small, it attracts a lot of tourists and the mountainous area to the north and east (La Alpujarra) is very popular with ex-pats.

Velez bestThe Moors channeled water from the mountains down through the village for their plots of land. There is still a Jardin Nazari maintained as a tourist attraction with small areas planted with herbs and trees. On the far side, the craggy rockface above the road has small caves.

The old Moorish channels begin at this point at the top of the village, where the water emerges from the hillside (the locals refer to it as the Nacimiento; in Costa Rica it would be called an ojo de agua).

Velez nacimiento XIt then runs several hundred meters through the village. The ditches and walkways were recently restored.

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It was located on the outskirts of Granada but is now within the city. The property is a park and the house is a small museum.  In his room, they have the desk at which he wrote many of his most famous works.

Casa Museo Lorca me 1 English writer Gerald Brenan returned to Spain in 1949, among other things to find Lorca’s grave. The whereabouts of Lorca’s remains is still a mystery. He was one of the first victims of thw civil war, as was his brother-in-law, who was the Mayor of Granada. Lorca was told to flee but refused. In his book The Face of Spain, Brenan speaks with a number of people in Granada about Lorca and his execution. No one will ever know exactly how many  people were murdered. At first, they were buried in mass graves in the cemetery on the Alhambra hill; later, they were trucked up into the mountains to be shot and thrown into the gorges.

These are some great photos I found on the Internet. They give an idea of the feel and magic of the city. This is right in the city center.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis river separates the old part of the city to the north from the newer section to the south. Our regular bus stop was just to the right.

Down_town_Granada_riverDuring the hottest part of the year these large pieces of cloth are hung above a number of the narrow streets in the old part of the city.

the-steem-in-granadaThis is a view of the old city from the Alhambra. It really is that wonderful.

Granada view of old city

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One tradition  I wasn’t aware of involves all the groom’s friends dressing up in the same outfit. We have seen groups dressed as bullfighters and other characters. These guys were with Aladdin (not in the picture).

Every Saturday we have been in a town center we have also seen at least one bride walking around in a wedding dress and posing for photos in historic or eye-catching public places.

Another place that was new to me, about an hour’s drive east of Granada. Look it up and read about it. Thousands of cave houses, and caves once inhabited by cavemen.

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I had never been to the Balcón de Europa. It was full of tourists. It is a truly beautiful spot. BdeE beach 2 BdeE beachBdEuropa rocksThe statue is of King Alfonso XII, who christened  it the Balcón de Europa during a visit in the late 19th century. X rey de españa (more…)

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