Having reached Santiago, we had some hard choices to make, for the next two weeks.
We chose south, with a night’s stopover in Madrid and a train to Granada. Early the next morning we dashed up the hill in the dark to get tickets to enter the Alhambra. (All reserved tickets were booked for 5 days, and the limited number of same-day tickets is sold as first-come first served.).
After a great dinner on the hillside overlooking the Alhambra, we took in a flamenco performance.
Next day we were on the move again. Walked 4 km to the bus station before coffee and got on a bus to Nerja on the Mediterranean. This 2-hour ride was quite spectacular (sorry – no photos) and we were oddly surprised but very happy to find ourselves on the Costa del Sol in all its sunny touristic glory. Why surprised? I guess that the change from Galicia was great, and we hadn’t planned any of this. Why happy? For the same reasons.
We’ve started to act as if we are backpacking around Spain. Wait! We ARE backpacking around Spain!