Ambles in Andalucia
Esme Fox is a travel writer who has written for a number of travel publications both in print and online. She has travelled to over 40 countries and has lived in five different countries in four different continents of the world. She recently took the plunge to leave the UK, in favour of the Andalusian city of Granada in Spain.
Spain is currently the fourth most visited country in the world, however it's so much more than sun, sangria and beaches. It's home to 44 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (only China and Italy have more), as well as a multitude of unique cultures and traditions. Nowhere is this more evident than in the southern Spanish province of Andalucía, home to the stomp of the flamenco step, the soft strums of the Spanish guitar, the whip of the matador's cape and the delicate scent of olive and lemon groves wafting through the streets.
Follow Esme as she takes you on a journey to discover the real southern Spain.
I’d been wanting to visit Granada’s impressive Alhambra Palace ever since I was a teenager, backpacking around Spain. Standing at the entrance, I’d realised that I didn’t have enough money to enter. Years later, I am living in Granada, am a full-time travel writer, and find the entrance fee of €13 a reasonable amount.
I am in love…again. Each time I visit Andalucia’s captivating capital, Seville, I am drawn in by its romance and charm, tiny maze-like streets, hidden plazas and elegant architecture. It is by far one of the most romantic cities in the world.
When I first lived in Spain, back in 2005, Halloween was not celebrated much, apart from maybe in the local Irish pubs. Even though today it’s celebrated a bit more, it’s nowhere near as important as November 1st – All Saints’ Day.
It wouldn't be right to carry on this blog any further without talking about pomegranates, as living in Granada I simply can’t escape them.
Last weekend I got to see something here in Granada which I’ve been wanting to see for a very long time – the famous dancing horses of the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art.
My first Ambles in Andalucía blog post is about something which the city of Granada is famous for – yes, you’ve guessed it – tapas!