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    Street Bands

    by racheljapi Written Dec 6, 2004

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    If you wander around Granada in the evenings you may run into street musicians performing. Usually standing towards the edge of a small street not on the main drag, these people are enjoying themselves as much as everyone watching. Make sure to keep your ears and eyes open, especially in the areas around the tea houses.

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  • El Zaidin.

    by blint Updated Dec 2, 2004

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    The Zaidin is the area after the river. It is very modern with high rise blocks. Accommodation will be cheaper here. The area has some really good bars too if you find the ones in the centre too crowded. I work here in an English Academy called Columbus Language School. If you're in Granada for a while and fancy English/French/Spanish/guitar classes why not stop by?

    It is an Ok shopping district too. You get a great view of the Sierra Nevada and there are lots of parks and green spaces as well.

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    Wonderful tea houses

    by vanessadb Written Dec 2, 2004

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    Because of the large Marrocan population, Granada is full of charming and typical tea houses. I recommend the one called Al-Andalus in the street called Caldereria Vieja which also worth taking because of its arabic crafts shops, as well as cute and cheap bars and restaurants. Also, this street takes you to the bottom of the Albaicin district where you should absolutely wander around and climb up to the San Nicholas square and mirador.

    Other than wonderful teas, Al-Andalus also serves delicious typical pastries as well narguiles (water pipes.)

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    Capilla Real

    by jackfruit Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    This chapel served the Spanish Christian Royalty during the time that Granada was the capital. This is where the greatest of the Spanish rulers - Queen Isabella, King Ferdinand and Charles V - are buried.

    This is a must see sight in Granada. Most visitors spend just enough time in Granada to check out the Alahambra, but I highly recommend walking the Grand Via section of town to see this chapel, the cathedral and the colorful squares.

    My favorite thing in the chapel (it's actually in the lobby leading to the main chapel) was the exquisite painting that depicts the symbolic win of Christianity over Islam in Spain. In this vivid painting, Boabdil the Moorish king concedes defeat by handing over the keys to Granada to King Ferdinand. The Alahambra forms the backdrop for this historical event.

    The chapel was built on the site of a older Moorish mosque, as was the Cathedral.

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    Plaza Isabel de Catolica

    by jackfruit Written Mar 7, 2004

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    Columbus financed his voyage to the new world by winning the graces of his queen in Granada - this event is immortalized in stone by the sculpture of Columbus unfurling his contract in front of Queen Isabella.

    According to the contract, Columbus would keep a portion of the riches he brought back from the spice colonies and also earn the title of governor of the new world. In return, he promised Isabella that he would spread Christianity in her name in all the places his voyage would take him.

    Unfortunately, neither party got what they wanted.

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    A walk in a park

    by Christina1881 Written Jan 16, 2004

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    I "came across" this park a day where I was just wondering about near the Alhambra. It is not a really huge park, but there is an amazing view from the park over the city and also the park is very calm and beautiful.

    I dont remember the adress - I will find it soon as posible, Im sorry.

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    Sunflower Fields near Granada

    by dlytle Updated Oct 24, 2003

    On the way to Granada from Marbella, several large fields of Sunflowers made their glorious appearance. I didn’t even know at the time that Spain had a Sunflower industry. I was much more use to a sight like this around the German countryside than in Spain. But I found out that Spain is a large producer of Sunflowers.

    To make up for its shortage of domestic feed grains, Spain became one of the world's largest importers of soybeans, and it developed a modern oilseed-crushing industry of such high productivity that surplus soybean oil became one of Spain's most important agricultural export commodities.

    As a further step in reducing Spanish dependence on imported soybeans, the government encouraged sunflower production. Especially favorable growing conditions, coupled with generous government support, caused sunflower seed output to expand spectacularly. In this area close to Granada is grown about 43% of the total sunflower crop of Spain.

    Sunflower-seed meal was not the most desirable livestock feed, and therefore it is not used in that way, but most Spanish households use the cooking oil it provides because it is less expensive than olive oil. As in most places, sunflower is used commercially only for oil production.

    For tourists, the scenic sight of large fields of glowing Sunflowers is reason enough for farmers to nurture these crops.

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    Salsa dancing

    by Christina1881 Written May 5, 2003

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    Salsero Mayor is a Salsa-club where they play salsa-merengue and where loads of people come to dance exactly thoese to dances.
    From 9-11 every night there are Salsaclasses, which is really funny... but if you dont wanna go to a class you can just arrive after 11 and enjoy the fantastic rythems and speak with foreigners and Spanish people!

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    At the end of our trip to...

    by sweet-sara Written Sep 7, 2002

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    At the end of our trip to Spain, we wanted a hotel close to the Granada airport. The resort we stayed at contacted the tourist board and the recommended the Hotel Corona in Santa Fe, which is located about 15 miles from Granada and only about 3 miles from the airport. I wish I had a picture of this town - it is well worth going to. It is an old wall and gated town - with all four gates still present. Go there after sun down and just watch people. But warning - this is Spanish town - not a tourist town - so know a bit of Spanish.

    If you go - try the 1492 Restaurant. It is on the east end of town - a nice walk from the center.

    The Hotel Corona is located near the center of town - just a few minutes walk from the center. The church and the town square are also worth seeing.

    But mostly just spend time walking the narrow city streets and watch the people.

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    there are lots of small...

    by zoe_c Written Aug 26, 2002

    there are lots of small villages in the mountains around the city, where the locals often have second homes. these villages are really charming! and there will be shops where you can buy authentic local produce - so few tourists will come in that there's no chance of a rip-off!

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    A beautiful view

    by Christina1881 Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Take a wall down Paseo del Salon/Paseo de la Bomba and see the city from another point of view in a place that seems to have less turists around.

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    Puerta de Elvira

    by Dabs Written May 29, 2006

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    The Puerta de Elvira was the main entrance to the city, it would have been connected in Moorish times to a wall of defense but now just stands by itself.

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    Inhabitant of Granada and his donkey

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 13, 2006

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    After visit to Alhambra, Cathedral and Royal Chapel it's very pleasant to meet such an amasing sculpture group off the beaten path!

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    Nerja Caves

    by mvtouring Written Sep 6, 2004

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    We were also taken to the Nerja Caves which is one of the more spectacular caves that I have visited. Be warned you a going to climb approx 280 stairs during this visit.

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    by Maggies Written Sep 19, 2002

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    You will see them while driving to Granada. It looks really beautiful and what makes me even more excited about it, is that I just love olives.

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