Granada to Seville by Road

It was one hectic sight seeing of Granada which started at 6.30 in the morning and went on non stop till 8.30 in the evening. The next night halt was planned at Seville which is 250kms west of Granada. Google maps showed estimated time of travel from Granada to Seville by road as 2 h 39mins. The spirits were high after the memorable tour of Alhambra and we thought we would be able to complete the journey; we weren’t aware then the tensed ending the journey would have.

 

Granada to Seville by Road

The journey starts…

At 8.30 when we started our journey by road, the sky still looked bright and sun was quite above the horizon. I was excited about the photography opportunity I would get of setting sun, hubby dear thought on different lines and wanted to make most use of sunlight time for the drive. But the final part of Sun’s exit is very fast, by 9 the sun had set and by 9.30pm darkness ruled.

So far so good, we didn’t realize the restaurants would pull down shutters so fast. At around 10 we decided to have dinner, but we went on and on with no success of finding a place to have dinner and not snacks. Finally around 10.30 we spotted a taverna and we got some awesome delicious stuff. We were their last customer for the night.

 

A Confused GPS

Rest well taken at this brief halt, next part of the drive was planned to be taken uninterrupted. By 11.30 our GPS had guided us correctly to Seville and we were almost near our hotel, but for the remaining 1km the GPS looked confused. With so many lanes and narrow bylanes the approach to hotel seemed impossible. It was almost 12 and all the streets were deserted, not a single policeman too in sight. We were totally clueless what to do. The kids were fast asleep and finally at a distance of 700m we decided to venture out on foot. Again not a single soul, whom to ask for directions, out of desperation we rang the hotel guys. Though they were keen to help they couldn’t figure out where we were stranded.

2 Angels

Suddenly I saw 2 women emerge out of nowhere. I ran towards them with big hopes when they told me they themselves were tourists. I was very disappointed; I was still clutching the hotel reservation confirmation sheet, one of them asked to see it. The hotel address had the details of street. The lady had a detailed map of Seville in her mobile and on feeding the address she directed us to the correct lane. It was hardly 250 m from where we were standing. Whew! I thanked them with so many words so many times; she was like an angel for me then. By the time we got the suitcases down both of them had vanished. I hadn’t even asked her name, I regretted.

It was almost 1 when we hit bed that night!

Granada to Seville by road

 

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41 Responses

  1. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, I am glad someone was there to help with the directions. Lovely images, the sunset shots are gorgeous. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    so glad you ran into someone and they could help you! i'd have been worried, too. beautiful hill and sunset scene!

  3. Nice post, awesome photos

  4. Ida says:

    That first shot is so interesting. Wonder what type of an orchard that was. – Glad you found someone to give you directions, been there and understand how frustrating it can be not knowing the right way to go.

  5. Road trips are fun but they can be quite scary too. I'm glad there's someone there to assist you.

  6. Al says:

    That is quite the adventure. I never quite trust my GPS – in our mountainous area, it once tried to send my car over a rugged footpath. Luckily I knew better!

  7. Sylvia K says:

    I felt sure I had commented on your blog this morning??? But what fantastic skies!! Glad your road trip worked out well and that there was someone there to help!! Have a great weekend, Indrani!!

  8. Human intervention when GPS goes bonkers is a great feeling.
    GPS have made me walk over closed-to-public bridges, carrying my bicycle on my shoulder – mind you I ain't no swimmer 🙂

    Your photos of the windmill and the sunset are gorgeous, Indrani!
    I am so happy you travel to all these great places, so we too can enjoy them.

    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Peace 🙂

  9. Road trips are so awesome, especially in Europe..
    loved the sky pictures… 🙂

  10. Road trip are always fun and I can see that masti in your post too.. Google maps are life savior these days 🙂

  11. The hills dotted with plants, the wind mills and the sunset look amazing. Lovely shots Indrani.

  12. Beautiful pics. Thriller with a happy ending 🙂

  13. Sunset pics are awesome !

  14. magiceye says:

    This is what makes travel an adventure!! Wonderful reading!

  15. Such beautiful pictures & you helped with directions so well 🙂

  16. Wow, what an adventure! Glad it had a happy ending! Beautiful sky shots.

  17. That is such a beautiful shot of the sunset. Great post Indrani 🙂

  18. ladyfi says:

    Wow – gorgeous orange sky!

  19. Road trips are fun as long as directions are clear and the roads are not entirely desolate … The first two shots are breathtaking !! Beautiful 🙂

  20. Nicely written Indrani..

  21. Uppal says:

    It is heartening to view such bright well composed images. Road trips are always exciting!

  22. Good that you had someone to helf adn these are gorgeous sunset shots.

  23. That is a lovely road trip! Loved the images too.

  24. I saw a lot about road and nature of Europe in movies only and now can read about in your posts . Enjoying and interesting .

  25. afanja says:

    Wonderful pictures. That must have been quite a journey.

  26. Jeevan says:

    I could understand how troublesome it should be even finding a place through GPS at well known location is difficult sometime. Glad the couple of women show up with detail maps. This reminds me how once we wandered at midnight in Tirumala Tirupati seeking our room among many lanes of similar rooms provided by the temple authorities.

    Superb shot! What is those shrub planted throughout the hills?

  27. Good that you got the timely help! The sunset shot is gorgeous.

  28. DeniseinVA says:

    Outstanding photos and wonderful narrative Indrani. I enjoyed reading your post very much, thank you.

  29. Mridula says:

    Beautiful images as always, the windmills particularly.

  30. Hema says:

    Beautiful pictures. Spain has a special place in my heart 🙂 Thinking of 'The Barber of Seville' 🙂

  31. I am so glad the "angel" showed up and directed you to your hotel and then disappeared. 1 A.M. to hit the hay is late but you were safe and sound. YEA! Thanks for posting the map. It helped me realize where you are and how far you traveled. Such a lucky person to be on a road trip. I love them but am always glad to return to home sweet home.
    JM, IL-U.S.A.

  32. Wow! absolutely awestruck by the beautiful pictures! 🙂

  33. Wow! Wonderful description of the road trip and adventurous one.The pictures are breathtaking especially the 1st one.

  34. Great Photography, Wind Mills and awesome background

  35. Prasad Np says:

    Travel makes you believe in the kindness of strangers…

    And that second picture is a masterpiece.

  36. Long drives in a new country is always fun, I always prefer road journeys as you get a beautiful opportunity to see the place from a different perspective. Loved the photographs and your narration.

  37. krishna says:

    long drive.. but when you can see all amazing things.. then every kind problems can be endured…. I know you enjoyed your long exhausted trip

  38. Nice clicks ! Those ladies were really angels were'nt they !

  39. Offline Maps, a must have then!!

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