Granda Tapas & Alhambra

thank you, Anthony Bourdain!

Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, we explored Granada and immersed ourselves in its famed tapas culture. In Granada, receiving a complimentary tapa with each drink at most bars is a tradition. Initially, we joined a tapas tour but preferred the authentic experience of casually discovering a tapas bar. We stumbled upon some fantastic tapas and thoroughly enjoyed the local amber and pale ales on tap.


A visit to Granada isn’t complete without seeing the Alhambra. This architectural masterpiece is a testament to Islamic art and design. The geometric patterns, water elements, and gardens are exquisite. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get tickets to the Generalife, the summer palace and country estate. It’s crucial to book tickets early as they sell out quickly. 

In the top photo, you can see the Sierra Nevada mountains, one of the highest mountain ranges in Spain, which provide a scenic backdrop to Granada.

Granada Albaicín (the old Moorish quarter)

The Albaicín, also known as the Albayzín, is a district of Granada in southern Spain, which retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a World Heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra. We stayed at the Alhambra Palace, perched above the Albaicín and down the road from the Alhambra. It was an easy stroll to the Alhambra, and the walk down to the Albaicín was fantastic.

Narajana Amarga (Seville Orange)

The Narajana Amarga, or the Seville Orange, grows in the streets of Seville and Granada. This unique citrus fruit, with its vibrant color and distinctively tart flavor, is an integral part of the local culinary landscape. Notably bitter, it’s the secret ingredient behind the world-famous Seville marmalade, adding a zesty twist to this sweet preserve. The Seville Orange is also popular in traditional Andalusian recipes, lending its robust flavor to various dishes and drinks. 

Cantabrian Anchovies 00

Los Manueles Reyes Católicos

Lettuce Hearts with walnuts, fried garlic

Los Manueles Reyes Católicos

Grilled Foie Gras with caramelized almond crumble and mango tartare

Los Manueles Reyes Católicos

Little Clams

Los Diamantes

Remojon Granadino / Granadian Cod and Orange Salad