We took the city mini bus up into the narrow streets of the Albaicin neighbor above Granada and wound our way high up to the hill overlooking the Alhambra which sat perched majestically on the opposite hill in the morning sun.
The highlight of our day in this quaint neighborhood was our lunch at Cafe Kiki. An outdoor cafe in a picturesque plaza at the pinnacle of the Albaicin hillside. It was packed with students, locals and tourists alike and doing a brisk business while just next door another cafe seemed to go begging for customers. We ordered our usual beers. Because we ordered a beer we got a tapa with it free. The first one was a small plate of paella. With the second beer came a tapa of some sort of potato thingy. We kept seeing heaping platters of something going to many of the tables. They must know something and so we ordered one. Out came the most amazing fried fish platter piled high with sardines, shrimp, calamari, hake and another fish whose name I missed. Incredible! It was all just delicious and so much fun because of the festive atmosphere in the plaza. Young college age students sat at tables playing their guitars and singing. Other older couples sat chatting. Families munched on their fish platters while the kids played around them. Great people watching! We spent 3 hours having lunch.
|Bar Kiki outdoor tables|
After a very long walk down the hill and back into central Granada, the hotel sounded pretty good to relax for me. Instead we headed into one of the plazas for a last dinner here in Granada before getting our rental car and heading to the Costa del Sol tomorrow. We stopped in a very busy place and had a tapas dinner and a couple of beers. Walking home we took the broad pedestrian walkway that ran down the center of the boulevard our hotel was on. It was a lovely starry night, warm and romantic. Tomorrow the weather should start getting even nicer and warmer. On to the Costa del Sol!
|Ayo's Beach Restaurant|
|Ayo himself still cooking paella everyday after 40 years|
|Paella bubbling over the fire at Ayo's|
|The white hill town of Ronda|