Author: Matthew Alberto
The breathtaking San Nicolas viewpoint in Granada, Spain overlooks the fortress of the Alhambra. Located at the edge of the city's exotic Moorish quarter, locals and tourists alike travel here to jostle for the best view of the grand fortress built during the 700 years that Spain lived under Muslim rule. Christians retook the land in 1492, but Granada remains a delightful mix of both its Muslim and Christian past.
The feel of the city can be compared to the Deep South in the US, a relaxed vibe that is typical of once powerful places now past their prime. The community gathers in the early evenings to celebrate life on the stately yet inviting plazas as street musicians perform. The Alhambra itself one of Europe's top sights, but many tourists never get to see it because tickets sell out fast. Savvy travelers should make a reservation in advance.