Crawford traveled in that area and then fell in love and bought a second home in the little fishing village of La Herradura (the horseshoe).
Andalucia stretches from the coastline into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. “Grenada is about 45 minutes straight north of La Herradura. So you move from sea level, the spectacularly rocky and gorgeous cliffs, coast dotted with beaches up through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada which surround Grenada. Grenada is a small city but it is extremely cosmopolitan. They have the fusion of Moorish, Jewish and Christian cultures that’s unique, and of course, you have the Alhambra there. You could spend a week just in that 40-50 mile radius and have an amazing experience.”
La Herradura is in the Coasta Tropical which has more Spanish influence and better beaches than nearby Costa del Sol according to Crawford. “The beach at La Herradura is smooth stone almost like river rocks”.
Grenada is best known for the Alhambra which is a fortress and palace that was the last bastion of the Moorish in Spain and the last city to be captured by the reconquistadors of Ferdinand and Isabella. Crawford recommends getting a guide who can really unwrap the history and art of the palace to you. You can also stay at the Parador de Granada which is one of the hotels run by the government of Spain.
In the mountains above Grenada are Los Pueblos Blancos, the white towns of Andalucia. In the towns above Grenada, the towns have white houses with flat roofs that look more like those of Northern Africa. Crawford particularly recommends hiking between Pampaneira, Capileira, and Bubion. It takes half a day to hike between these towns. When you hike above these cities in early Summer the hiking among the wildflowers reminds Crawford of the time he has spent in Switzerland.
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