Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Granada, Spain: Plaza de Bib-Rambla and Afternoon Tapas

The Bib-Rimbla, a pretty square ringed with beautiful buildings and tapas bars & restaurants with terraces is the heart of Granada. The name means ‘gate of the river’ because the square originally stood on a sandy river bank.

This central square is actually very important and has served Granada’s annals of history very well. Festivals and jousts were held on the plaza during the Moorish times, bloody bullfights during the Christian era and during the Spanish Acquisition, it was used as a tribunal—those found guilty were burned on the spot. Now, that is a mottled, colourful and turbulent historic square right there.

Restaurant terraces on the square.

Shameless self-promotion of course.

Pretty windows and balconies again that I found on the side streets of the square.

The square and the beautiful characteristic facade details of the buildings surrounding it.

We had our afternoon tapas on the square at Il Caffe de Roma. Dutchman was hungry so he ordered his usual favorite fare—anything pasta. That would be too heavy for me so I settled for a tapas mix but when it arrived I was surprised of the serving. It was huge! I had to solicit help from the Dutchman to finish the plate. On the tapas platter: french bread with butter, torta de patatas (potato omelette), empanada de atun (baked tuna pie), manchego cheese and smoked ham drenched in olive oil.

My unexpected afternoon tapas and a glass of sangria.

I was really surprised with the tapas as I was expecting to be served with a mix of nibbles instead of bigger portions, but they were good. 4 stars out of 5.

Travel Period: August 2010
Destination: Granada (Andalucia), Spain

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