A "Carmen" is a typical urban house with a big garden around, surrounded by walls. There are many in Granada, specially in the Realejo quarter. Normally they are private houses, but some may be visited under request. The Tourist Office offers some guided tours (http://www.granadatur.com/rutas/rutas-tematicas/granada-secreta-y-subterranea/recorrido-2-los-carmenes-de-granada/)
EAT FOR THE PRICE OF A DRINK
In most of the bars in Granada when you order a drink you will get also a sandwich for free.
This happens during the day but especially at night. For each drink you order you will have a different sandwich. If you are vegetarian, advise the waiter because the sandwiches are normally with meat, so he will give you a vegatarian one.
Exquisite and tranquil
This is a great little area to visit for the day or even if you are driving through. But you really should do yourself a favor and stop at least in one of these mountainside villages. You will not regret it!
Great handbag shopping Part Three
The Buying Team at Corte Ingles' handbag department deserve a huge round of applause. Each season they manage to offer an outstanding selection of creative, unique, quality bags, in all price ranges from some well-known and some lesser known designers, mainly from Spain and Italy.
Look out for Renato Angi, Lamarthe, Lupo (of course!), Fun & Basics, Marvia..................
There is no metro system in Granada, it is to compact. However Granada is fairly well connected by train to most other cities. The journey may require a change though. You can go directly to Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and other BIG cities. If you want to travel to Malaga or
Cádiz you will have to change(for example at Dos Hermanas if you are travellling to Cádiz. This is usually about a 45-mins to an hour wait) .
Train prices are reasonable. It is cheaper to buy a return ticket even if you only need a one way. Ida is the going there journey, Vuelta is the return journey so to ask for a return ticket you ask for a Ida y Vuelta.
Remember the trip to Barcelona and will be more expensive as it's on the TALGO. Make sure you buy the right ticket and get on the right train as there are Cercanias and Andalucia Express trains that may go o the same place. Andalucia Express tickets are more expensive so you can't use a Cercanias ticket on them. Remember to check the timetable to see what type of train it is before you ask for your tickets.
The announcements for trains are made in Spanish, English and French.
The Train Station is located by the town centre which is a great advantage over the Bus Station which is located way out of town. You can walk to and from the train Station, but from the Bus Station you have to get an urban bus to the centre. The train station is on Avda. Constitucion