Santiago de Compostela and Granada, Spain
12.07.2008 32 °C
Santiago was great. Galicia is beautiful and an entirely different shade of Spain. I hope to have the chance to return one day after having walked the Camino - the town was littered with pilgrims having just completed their trek across the north of Spain. I feel like I cheated myself a bit having gone there by bus; if, or maybe better to say when, I walk it I will already have tasted the reward at the end. Thankfully it a reward that I know I will appreciate. I also had the opportunity to visit Pontevedra and A Coruña during the day - both pleasant but not an equal to Santiago.
Granada is special. The Alhambra is perhaps Europe´s finest treasure. It was my third visit and I was glad that I had taken the time to go, endured the 15 hours of bus rides to get there. The architecture, the intricacy of the detail was equally impressive this time around - and again, much more so than anything Istanbul had to offer. I had the chance to explore the old Moorish quarter much more this time around too - a labrynth of white washed homes cascading up the hill opposite the Alhambra. The views from both were stunning.