The Colors of Granada, a Photo Essay

Posted on 06. Jun, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts, Spain

After a few months under the permanent British grey cloud, the thing that you need the most is definitely color. Warm, earth colors. Vitamin D. A tan!

And what better than southern Spain to provide that? It doesn’t get more colorful and sunny than Andalusia, I thought.

And I was right! One of the things I enjoyed most during my week in Granada a few years ago was being surprised by the colorful, quirky architecture, from the Alhambra to the plazas and tapas. Instead of focusing on the attractions themselves, I was completely taken over with their vibrant colors.

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Plaza Bibarrambla

One of my favorite spots to hang out in Granada. It’s right between the Cathedral and Puerta Real. It’s lively, flowery, loud and amazingly beautiful - just what you would expect in Spain.

Flags at the Alhambra

Plaza Nueva

Kids at Mirador de San Nicolas

That was one of my favorite moments of my trip to Grenada. The Mirador de San Nicolas is the perfect place to admire the city as a whole, but mostly the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains behind it. The panorama is absolutely unique!

What’s also great is the ambiance at the Mirador. There are all kinds of people and dogs hanging out, from elder men playing flamenco to gypsy families selling jewelry. The two kids we super cute and even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could tell they were genuinely happy to hang out there for the afternoon.

Although they did play catch with the dogs for over an hour - that’s probably what made them to ecstatic.


When you enter the souk of Grenada, for a moment you feel like you stepped into some portal to Morocco. The whole city is a wonderful mixture of Spanish and Moorish influences, but this place is strictly North-African. Perhaps not as overwhelming as the souks of Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakech, they definitely feel otherworldly.

Plaza de Toros

Alhambra at night

That’s I meant when I said “unique panorama”. Have you ever seen anything like that before?

 If you visit Andalusia, Granada is not to be overlooked. It’s actually one of my favorite spots in the region. Although the free tapas have A LOT to do with my liking of the city. I like me some free things.

 Have you been to Grenada before? What’s your favorite thing to do in the city? Are you also a fan of its wide range of colors?


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13 Responses to “The Colors of Granada, a Photo Essay”

  1. Angela

    07. Jun, 2012

    L’Alhambra at night is gorgeous!

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    • Marie

      08. Jun, 2012

      Isn’t it? So beautiful with the mountains in the background.

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  2. Tenancy

    08. Jun, 2012

    I had the chance to visit Spain, but no Granada and thanks to your amazing photos and shared impressions, I can definitely understand why you were so taken by it! I am really wanting to visit it myself too!

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  3. Andrew

    08. Jun, 2012

    I really want to see this. Alhambra is pretty high on my list of things to see in Europe. As to the colors, Spain and Italy always seem to have some fanciful colors. Especially in comparison to England and Germany.

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    • Marie

      08. Jun, 2012

      What’s funny is how colorful Andalusia is, and yet most houses are pristine white. It’s all about accessories!

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  4. Amanda

    11. Jun, 2012

    So colorful! Some great shots here! Spain keeps moving higher and higher up on my list…

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    • Marie

      21. Jun, 2012

      Thanks Amanda! You really must visit Spain and especially the south part.

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  5. I LOVE Granada… such a beautiful city and so amazing to just wander around and get lost. I really need to go back

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  6. Love Grenada! I think going to the Alhambra was the first time I understood the value of water. I love how royalty demonstrated their power and wealth by having water features throughout the palace.

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