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Granada – Las Alpujarras

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The second half of our Granada day trip took us east from Almuñécar along the Costa Tropical and then north into the Alpujarras. A gorgeous mountain district of Granada, las Alpujarras contain a number of picturesque villages spread across the habitable spots of the Sierra Nevada. Comprised entirely of white houses, the villages resemble errant spots of snow on the mountains, when seen from a distance.

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Our path wound through a number of poetically-named towns: Albondón, Cádiar, Bércheles, Juviles. In between each, we soaked up the mountainous landscape, looking back over the Mediterranean. Our favorite was Trevélez — the highest recognized town in Spain at 1486 meters above sea level. As we arrived, the sun was setting over the town, nestled in a snowy valley with shadows falling across the white rooftops, and the effect was incredibly romantic. Trevélez is known for its cured hams, and we made sure to sample some.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t time to idle about, as driving through the Alpujarras during the night wasn’t an adventure we wanted to partake in. On the way back to Granada, we saw a fireworks display over the town of Lanjarón. It felt like they were just for us; a perfect conclusion to an incredible day.

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El Palmar and the Albufera – Another visit

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We already blogged about our day trip to El Palmar but we recently went back. A visit to El Palmar is also highly recommended during the fall and winter months. Pick a sunny, still day and you will experience the Albufera in a light not everyone gets to see.

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Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias / City of Arts and Sciences

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The City of Arts and Sciences is almost certainly the most photographed area in Valencia. Found at the end of the Turia riverbed park, I’ve been to the CAC numerous times for jogging, sightseeing, the ATP Open 500 Tennis, the science museum, the oceanographic, and the IMAX in the Hemisferic, but for some reason, I never had a big urge to take a ton of pictures. However, yesterday’s sunset inspired me and I couldn’t hold myself back from photographing the CAC.

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Best time to come to Valencia to take pictures

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In the last couple of days we have seen a couple of very spectacular sunsets & sunrises. The sun hovers over the horizon longer than usual and the air is so clean and crisp, casting a light which usually only exists in paintings. So if you’re a photographer, I recommend the time between late January and February to pay Valencia a visit.

Here are some more pictures I’ve taken in the last few days (before the rain started)

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