Favorite thing: I would recommend a week in Granada to really feel like you´ve appreciated what it has to offer. I would also recommend finding accomodation in the Albayzin area of Granada. It has such a unique atmosphere and also some good restaurants and bars.
Lavo, located at No. 69, Paseo de Cartuja – near the corner of Calle Murcia. Open until 7 pm. 8 Euros for 1 load self-service wash and dry, detergent included. If you do not want to do your laundry yourself, you pay an additional 2 Euros.
Internet wifi access is free. While your clothes are in the dryer, you can have a bite next door at Café Bar Avila or Pescaderia Mesa. Or you can visit the Monasterio de Cartuja (300 meters down Paseo de Cartuja).
There is another way to get tickets for Alhambra: the Granada City Pass (Bono turístico de Granada). There are 3 and 5 days passes. The pass includes the visit of the main sights: Alhambra (Generalife, Alcazaba and Nasrid Palaces), Cathedral, Royal chapel (Catholic Monarchs' mausoleum), La Cartuja Monastery, San Jerónimo Monastery and Science Park. It includes also 5 or 9 bus rides, according to the pass you chose (3 or 5 days). The price is 27.00 euro (3 days pass) or 32.00 euro (5 days pass).
You can buy it at Caja Granada. At the moment you buy it, you can chose the day you will visit the Alhambra and the hour you will enter the Nasrid Palaces.
It can be bought in advance through the website or by phone, calling the Caja Granada Information and Reservations Centre: (+34) 902 100 095 / 958 244 500.
You can also buy it directly:
Caja Granada branch at Plaza Isabel la Católica No 6.
Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm (working days).
Form of payment: cash.
Caja Granada branch in the Neptuno shopping centre, Calle Arabial s/n.
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm (working days).
Form of payment: cash.
This.is:granada audio guide kiosk on Plaza Nueva, s/n (beside the bus stop for the Alhambra)
Tel.: 958 210 239 www.thisis.ws
Kiosk opening hours:
April to October, Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 2:30pm and 4pm to 8pm
Sunday, 9:30am to 2:30pm and 4pm to 7pm
November to March, Monday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm
Favorite thing: Apart from the main buildings, Alhambra... there are still many traces in Granada of its moorish past. You can find many shops, restaurants and tea-shops where you will be in an arabic atmosphere and feel as if you were in Marrakesh or Istambul...
Favorite thing: 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/)
The Darro River crosses the city from north to south. It runs on the surface till it reaches the Albaicin, where it gets underground and disappears accross the city.
This pic is in winter, after some heavy rain.
Favorite thing: Andre Segovia was bon in Linares, a city of Andalusia in 1894 and from there, he and his family moved to Granada where his father practiced as a lawyer. While Andre was learned to play the violin and the piano, it was the guitar that captured his interest, much to his family’s objections and began to teach himself, developing his own technique. At that time the guitar was not the most accepted form of musical instrument in a lot of circles. Segovia practiced and experimented and developed his own style and made his first public appearance in Granada in 1909 at the age of 15. He went on to become one of the great guitarists in classical music.
Favorite thing: Granada is best visited during the Autumn and Spring months – the daytime temperature is perfect. The hottest time is during July and August, although it is a dry heat. Temps can reach up to 40C. The winter months are not too bad although the evenings can get cold and there is the odd frost here and there.
I´m posting a blog that will give an insight to every language school I know of in Granada as well as their accomodations. I´m just beginning but if you want to take a look inside , please be my guest.
This terrain map gives an overview of our driving route in southern Spain. After flying in from Madrid, we spent two nights in Alicante in the upper right corner before making the long drive along the coast to Torremolinos. After picking up Sue's sister at the airport, the next morning we headed straight north into the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges before veering off to the right (east) for our two nights in Granada (near the centre of the map).
From there we headed west to Seville, Cadiz and then back down to the coast for a few days before Sue's sister flew home again. After a few more days on our own, Sue and I made it back to the very outskirts of Granada on New Year's Day when we made a day-trip drive along the coast a short distance (from Torremolinos again) before taking the other 'orange' diagonal route through the mountains before returning straight south to the coast (as described in my 'Torremolinos' page).
Carrera del Darro Street takes you along a small waterway, not quite a creek or river, but it does meander along the lower slopes of the hill below the Alhambra. This small stone cobbled street may look like a pedestrian road only, but as you walk along you will hear the roar of buses coming up behind you and you had better flatten yourself against the wall or buildings since there is little room for the both of you. But it is a pleasant walk and you can take this way to reach the Albaycin area for the cave homes or just to find a good observation point to see the sunset or the Alhambra light up at night.
Along the way you can see several churches, each dedicated to their own patron saint. The doors were locked at the Santa Anna, but the San Peblo was open and there were people inside so we did not enter to disturb them. These are actual places of worship, not like some of the large cathedrals that seem to be more tourist attracations than anything else.
Favorite thing: Now THIS is the "wildest" ride I have seen in some time. This gentleman must ride the equivelant of a hundred kilometers EACH DAY...I would hate to compete against him in a cross country ride, must have legs of STEEL.
Let me say first that cities in Spain are generally very safe! As people stay up late, and there are so many bars, the streets are rarely deserted and I walked everywhere in the cental zones, even in the early hours.
I know Granada well and have friends who rent out rooms to students in an area very popular, especially with American students, this is Realejo. However all areas should be OK excepting only the Albaicín which does have a problem with mugging (narrow dark streets and very touristy,Calle Elvira which is good for a night out with pals be probably not best to live on due to drug addicts etc and an area on the outskirts of the city called the Polígono. Personally I think you'd like best the area around the Law Faculty(Plaza de La Universidad)as it's historic, studenty(Spanish) and close to great bars, clubs and the shopping district.The university should be able to help you with your search and they will only recommend central areas where there are lots of other students.
Granada is really the jewel of Andalusia, a town that I had longed to visit for many years and somehow never got around to discover. I had high expectations about it, and it turned out to be even more charmng than I would have thought. The main reason was to visit the Alhambra, a series of Moorish palaces and gardens to leave one breathless.
Fondest memory: I'm a freak for what it is Arab or Arab related, I must admit it, so beside the Alhambra my favourite sight has been the Albaicin, which in the past had been the old Moorish casbah or "medina"... a maze of tiny little lanes and streets nested upon the Albaicin hill, with whitewashed houses and little inner gardens.
Apparently there is very little Moorish architecture left, but if you look carefully, you'll see signs everywhere. Many of the quarter's churches are built on the foundations of Moorish mosques, an evident sign is the presence of an external cisterns for the ritual ablutions. Or else, pay attention to the bell towers; you'll see that many used to be minarets.
Favorite thing: The center of town has some great ice cream parlours with a very good variety to choose from. The Little Rock Chic was in 7th heaven. This one pictured, is at the bottom of the Albaicin area, close to the center of town.
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