Trips, tours and treats
Adult Writing Retreats
A UNESCO World Heritage site, and the most visited monument in Spain, the Alhambra is a palace, fortress and citadel dating back to the 8th century. The Alhambra is the only surviving palatine city of the Islamic Golden Age and a remnant of the Nasrid Dynasty, the last Islamic kingdom in western Europe.
A journey through the palace and gardens is guaranteed to spark imagination and forever stay with you.
Rising above the river Darro and on the opposite bank to the Alhambra is El Albaicín, the Moorish quarter still steeped in Islamic remnants. With narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and a mosque, the Albaicín district will take you back to the Islamic Golden Age so crucial in Spain’s history.
Built along a hillside, this picturesque corner of the city is famous for its cave houses and was home to Granada’s gitana or ‘Roma’ population until the 1960s. Some of them remain in the district, now one of the most fashionable in the city.
At the top of Sacromonte there is a museum set out in a series of caves where you can learn about the Roma culture so intrinsic to traditional flamenco. Inspirational.
Literature and Lorca
Granada was the home and inspiration of Federico García Lorca, one of Spain’s greatest poets and dramatists. Born in 1898 in Fuente Vaqueros, a town just outside Granada, Lorca spent most of his life in the province and infused his work with local settings and experiences.
Granada is also the place where Lorca’s life ended. At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936, the outspoken Lorca was shot without trial by supporters of General Franco. He was just 38 years old.
Federico García Lorca plays a significant role in Spain’s literary and political history.
With a local company that specialises in literary tours, we visit the places Lorca frequented most. Writers will have the chance to ask the experts anything they want to know about Lorca’s life and work in a tour that will open their hearts and minds to a literary legend. We pay a visit to the Lorca museum, and finish in his favourite restaurant where we’ll reflect on our unforgettable experience.
Granada has a delicious tradition of providing a tapa with every drink you order in a local bar.
From pinchos to paella to patatas, you’ll want to sample local delicacies in bars the locals love.
One final treat
On the final evening of the trip, you’ll be treated to an authentic performance of the dance so symbolic of Andalucía and its Roma culture.
With a guitarist, singer and dancers from the Sacromonte Roma population, writers will experience the magic of local flamenco in an intimate setting.
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