We saved Granada for the last of our day trips. A destination expert on Trip Advisor had told us to not worry about reservations, the Alhambra saved space for those who just show up. So, we took the 9:00 a.m. bus from Malaga to Granada (1 hour 45 minutes). At the train station in Granada we talked with a tourist information guy. He convinced us that it was not possible to get into the Alhambra and that just walking in the free area was not that enjoyable. Of course he then sold us tickets to a walking tour at half-price. He also assured us that without the guide we would get lost.
We paid 15 Euros each for a two-hour, 3.5 km walk through the really old parts of the city: Albayzin (was Muslim originally) and Sacromonte (gypsy village, mostly in caves). We had great views of the Alhambra. JoAnn was disappointed, she really loved it from a previous visit. Next time. She didn’t complain too much.
First we took 2 city buses for 1.2 Euros to meet up with our guide. Then she, Nadine, took us in a little mini-van bus to get to the highest point. We were mostly walking on the level, at first, but then down hill, with some steep declines, and all with cobblestones surface. Pretty tough on the feet. Again, Jim did well with frequent breaks and no need for motrin. Nadine spoke good English, but her accent was strong, so we had to repeat some words back to check if that is what she said. Really interesting tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At the end we had lunch at an outdoor cafe along the river, below Alhambra. Great view, again.
We then took a taxi to the bus station and caught our 4 p.m. bus. This one was a Supra and much nicer, but still 1 hour 45 minutes. Only 2 Euros more for more comfort, a water and a cookie!