Weekend in Granada

The program I travelled with, API, scheduled many exciting and cool excursions-already included in the program costs. One weekend in February we travelled to Granada, home of the Alhambra which is one of the most visited sites in all of Spain. The Alhambra is a massive complex which served as the royal residence of Muslim Sultans for centuries. It is essentially a city within itself surrounded by walls located on a hill overlooking the city. It was in this palace in 1492 that Christopher Columbus asked the Spanish monarchs to fund his expedition west to find new trade routes, eventually discovering the Americas. We had a private guided tour learning all about the history and significance of the palace.
The photo above, taken near the throne room, shows just one view of the city below. After our trip to the Alhambra we visited an ancient church, and then our program staff treated us all to chocolate and churros! This is a typical Spanish food that is commonly eaten while having an afternoon coffee, or even for desert.