Alhambra Moorish Palace in Granada with Gypsy Guitar

July 01, 2013

Stunning photo of the Alhambra in Granada with gypsy guitar

Sunset at the romantic Alhambra in Granada with a passionate left handed guitar playing gitano ( gypsy) couldn't say exotic, evocative Spain any stronger.

Thus, this is one of my favorite photos on our world tour as we just got lucky to catch this "guitarra y alhambra" magical moment at La Alhambra with our little Moorish princess. Then later, we topped it off with a scrumptious dinner and soothing Andalusian Arab bath and spa.

I can still hear the music in my ears and it makes me want to start a flamenco dance. We are a bit homesick for Spain at the moment because we are usually there at this time of the year, but until we complete the fluent in Mandarin process here in Asia, we must satisfy ourselves with our photos and videos of Spain and talking on Skype with our friends there.

This delicious photo was taken at Plaza St. Nicolaas ( Mirador de San Nicolas)  in The Albaicyn in Granada, the most breathtaking place to view the Alhambra. This photo makes it easy to see why this elegant  800 year old Islamic oasis and fortress is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe.

Have you been to the Alhambra, or is it on your bucket list?

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Caterina B

He looks very Gitano indeed. I read a book about Granada recently and found it fascinating. So....I did my usual visiting by Google Maps. I walked around in the old center of town and got myself oriented. If I ever travel there I just might already know my way around!
I am left handed, too, but when I (briefly) took up the violin my teacher insisted I learn to play it right handed. I don't know if I would have been better at it if I could have played left handed. I suspect I would have been. Paul McCartney also plays guitar left handed, have you noticed?

Caterina B

I have corrected my Flickr page address. I wonder if it works now?

Bruised Passports

Wow- what a picture. Yet another reason to look forward to our trip to Granada in August ;-)

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Sounds wonderful Caterina! What book did you read? It is a fascinating place indeed and we miss it.

I didn't know that about Paul McCartney and might not have even noticed it on this guy unless someone else mentioned it.

I would think it would always be best to play as you are handed. My sis is a leftie and plays the flute. ;)

When I paralyzed my right arm for a year in the bike wreck in Austria..I was amazed that I learned to do everything with my left hand. Now I am truly ambidextrous! :)

Flickr is a mystery to me and I have heck of a time with I am no help there.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks so much BP! If at all possible I would change the timing of that trip to Granada as August is hot as hell and over crowded with English tourists desperately looking for sun. Costs are up then too.

It couldn't be the worst time of year to go. The Spanish think it is hilarious that the Brits come to southern Spain in August..making it high season... insane.

Like the Spaniards we avoid southern Spain in summer, especially August.

The lines will also be horrible at the Alhambra in that oppressive heat.

If at all possible I would change your trip to spring, fall or winter to avoid the crowds and unbearable heat. You will have a MUCH better experience of this magnificent place.

This photo was taken in March. I adore Andalusia, but avoid it like the plague in summer.

Go to Galicia or northern Spain in August if you can't change going to Spain.

There is a reason why even all of Madrid ( even gov't) leaves for northern Spain in summer.


I LOVE the Alhambra! Such a mystical place. The snow-capped mountain back-drop just pushes me over the edge! LOVE IT! One of my fond memories of Granada was stepping into a little cafe and smoking a hookah with some locals. I miss Spain! So so much!! I lived in Seville for a while. I can just hear the guitar, the wailing song and clapping, feet stomping. It gives me goosebumps!


I missed reading your posts - which go to an overwhelmed email address (lots of ads!) So I subscribed again with a new address and am once again enjoying reading about your trips and interests. How lovely for me that this re-introduction to your blog began with a Spanish (flamenco) guitarist and a beautiful Spanish backdrop. Spain sings my siren song - and I will spend much time there as soon as I can. Wonderful post!


What a stunningly beautiful photograph! It really seems like it captures the essence of the place. I've never been personally but it's definitely on my bucket list now!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

We are so on the same page Lindsay! ;)

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Happy to see you back Gigi!! Thanks...glad you like it!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks Karen...definitely a place not to miss!


Sounds so tempting!
In a couple of weeks I'm going to visit Andalucia and am planning to go to Granada. I've been reading its best to visit the Alhambra in the morning, is this true, and why? Also, how much time do you need to visit it calmly but knowing you only have one day to visit Granada?

jeanne @soultravelers3

You will love it Alice! Like most places early morn will mean less crowds hopefully and less heat. ( It will be very hot in southern Spain in August!).

The Moors knew how to build for shade and breeze though, so once inside that will help.

One could spend weeks in the Alhambra and surrounding area, so give your self as much time as you can and pace yourself too.

It is lovely and mysterious at night as well!

Happy travels!

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