We landed in Granada on our first night a little weary following our delayed flight and very hungry! We had arranged to rent an apartment in the old Medina facing the Alhambra. I called our new landlord, Pedro, a really lovely guy, who gave me the briefest of Spanish courses advising how to pronounce Aljibe de los Tomasas in the Albaicin, our new address, a beautiful old moorish quarter set in a hillside facing the alhambra. Despite repeating it 14 times for him on the bus, I was not in the least confident (nor was he!), however, the taxi driver understood me and off we sped up the labyrinthine streets. It was midnight at this stage and Pedro advised that not many places would be open for food but we could try the place at the foot of the medina opposite the 16th-century Iglesia de San Gregorio church, I must find out the address but unfortunately I was too absorbed in my eating and drinking to think of it! Unfortunately, we were too late for tapas so we only had drinks, but, we came back the following night with some friends for more.
There’s a great Andalucian tradition of providing free tapas with drinks. We didn’t go explicitly for food but were hopeful we’d get some nibbles. Over four rounds of drinks we were given four tapas: a lovely rice dish, some cracked wheat with dried fruit and other bits, jamon on bread with green olives, and spinach and pine kernals on bread. Delicious and all free with very reasonably priced drinks. The bar itself has alot of character, it’s very small but has a large terrace where most people sit. If you’re ever in Granada I would advise a visit.
Some pics of the food follow, I will attempt to recreate in the coming weeks! Continue reading