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- a place where potable water flows freely from babbling fountains throughout the town – often in the most needed spot after a long summit.
- where windows have no screens and are closed during the height of heat during the day and opened in the evening to let in the cool mountain air.
- a place where wild fruit trees can be found, lending their oft over-ripe treasure to any one who cares to take it.
- an incredibly photogenic city with dedicated viewpoints (miradors).
- where bells chime from towers marking every 15 minutes of the hour and Spanish flamenco music can spontaneously erupt from any given courtyard.
- where hospitality is king and neighbors invite you over for paella.
- a city that sleeps in late and seems to begin its day after 6pm (with the exception of the plucky tourists that can be found throughout the city at all hours).
- a place where an ordered beer is accompanied by a generous tapa.
- a place where the rhythms of the day force you to partake in a proper siesta.
- where people of all stripes can be found congregated in one of the many plazas around town.
- where flowers spill over courtyard walls onto the nearby streets that are merely walking paths.
- a place to watch your step among the cobbled streets of the old town else you end up with dog doo beneath your foot.
- where calves and hamstrings meet their match among the hills near the Alhambra and Albaicín neighborhood.
- a place where the smell of herb cigarettes fill the air.
- a collection of paseos and street-lined cafes, not inhabited by cars.
- a place still impacted by Arab influence.
- a place where the artistic congregate to draw inspiration.
- a place where life is busy being lived.