between the Calle del Zacatin and the Cathedral is the Alcaiceria. This was once the city`s Moorish silk market and originally was much larger - almost a village within the city - even having its own mosque, and was gated and locked at night
the original Alcaicera was destryed by a fire and then rebuilt in the 19th century, notice the wonderful shop fronts and carvings
now it is an interesting group of narrow streets lined with shops selling souveniers, quirky designer shops and tiny jewellery shops, its a lovely place to browse, and the wonderful thing is that there is no hassle or pestering from the traders
great things to buy here are light fittings which come in all shapes sizes and colours, sparkling slippers, ethnic clothing and marquetry work, of course there are also all the ubiquitous tourist things - fridge magnets, key rings, I [heart] GRANADA stickers etc, but its a lovely place to shop for gifts or keepsakes and prices were quite reasonable
You are strolling along the busy street glancing in the shops and your attention is caught by a wonderful pharmacy, on the shelves around the shop are jars of long forgotten chemicals herbs and spices, the sort you used to see when every pharmacist used to make his own medicines and tablets
you think to yourself `if I was ill this is the sort of shop Id like to visit for a good old-fashioned remedy`
then you look in the small side widow
and some things look back at you
and then you DO feel a bit ill, but you dont go in, you hurry along to the shoe shop to look at something pretty
Each city in Spain seemingly has a pedestrianized street or two that has shops where the locals all shop. In Granada you have Calle Zacatin which runs south from the Gran Via de Colon and Calle de los Mesones which runs east-west a block south of the Plaza Bib Rambla. These streets basically servce as the city's shopping mall with stores that have the latest fashions, jewelery, watches, etc. And the cool thing is that the locals are usually all out during the early evening taking their daily stroll.
What to buy: You name it...it's all there!
What to pay: Varies
It was quite a hoot to navigate the narrow streets of Granada and experience the sights , sounds and oh yes the smells of a very diverse city. The shop pictured here, one of the many COLOURFUL STREET SHOPS, was a common sight and their wares were proudly displayed on the street. It was common to see bakers, tailors and little produce shops in little cubby holes along the streets. Quite amazing!
What to buy: Great buys in leather, laces and a hand-crafted pottery.
What to pay: Haggle! Barter! Don't pay the first price quoted.
It is a small shop in the Albaycin that sells Arabic goods such as artisan boxes, pipes,tables, bags, ceramics and much more.
An ideal place to look for gifts for you family and friends.
In the photo you can see some items I've bought from this store, though of course they aren't exactly unique to this shop! They are instead typpical of Granada.
What to buy: I like the wooden boxes and other handmade wooden crafts such as the examples in the photo.
What to pay: 5 euros for a wooden box. 2 euros each for coasters.
It occurred to me today it is important to know where good supermarkets are when you visit/move to a new town; so I thought I would give you the low down on where to find them and the prices and goods you can expect to find in Granada.
For cheapness and quality try Mercadona which is open 9-9 all week except Sundays. The one I go to is on the road just behind Jardines de Triunfo to the left. Here you can buy certain British products you may miss such as HP sauce, Baked Beans and Heinz Spaghetti!
Al Campo is a giant superstore near the bus station. You can get to it from the number one bus on Gran Via. Here you can buy anything you want from clothes, books, plants, toys, car stuff, and electronic goods to food and drink! You can also get said British food here too.
Carrefour is another big superstore like Alcampo though the prices are a little more expensive. You'll need to drive or take the number 5 bus to get to it because it is a little out of town on the other side of the river. You can Also get British products here too! You can get cans of John Smith's too!!!!!
Supersol's vary in size. The one on Constitution near the train station is of a good size. They usually sell British products if they are big enough, but I'm not sure if this one does. The prices are average here. It is linked to the TESCO chain in Britain.
Spar. There is a Spar on Pages in the Albaicin and another couple of doors down from the Mercadona mentioned above. The prices are a little more expensive and they don't sell British products! It is biggest supermarket in the Albaicin though!
Covian. There are several of these little shops in the Albaicin. The best is on Calle Larga where a really friendly old man works. The prices are roughly the same as Spar. The only English products you'll find here is Baked Beans. There is a good fruit an veg section and a good selection of wines too.
What to buy: I wrote to much above so I have to carry on here!
Corte Ingles is more expensive than anywhere. The food section is below the department store on Acera de Darro. I don't recommend shopping here because of the prices although they have a great selection of food and wines! I suppose this is the Marks and Sparks of Spain. It is for the richer Clientele.
Even though I ticked the Womans clothes section above doesn’t mean men can't buy second hand clothes here as well; I just couldn't see a box for clothes in general!
In Plaza Universidad and Calle Escuelas you can find lots of really CHEAP second hand clothes shops.
If you are looking especially for jackets (although it sells everything else too) try the shop on Escuelas with the giant Aliens in the doorway. You can get all sorts of Jackets and coats here for men and for woman.
It is also full of interesting art work such as the alien in the picture, paintings and a really old gas pump from America. The changing room curtains are made from off cuts of jeans sewn together and there are interesting collections of plastic toys jotted around the shop!
What to buy: Leather Jackets (from 45€)
Skin Coats (from 9€-75€)
Trousers (from 5€)
shoes (about 30€ for good trekking shoes)
skirts (from 3€)
toys! (on display and for sale for 1€)
What to pay: Anything from 3 euros
Electronic goods aren't that cheap here. They are roughly the same price as Canada and Britain which makes them more expensive for the Spanish who earn less! Therefore make sure you come equipped.
A roll of film will cost you around five euros depending where you get it from. In more touristy areas you can pay up to 7 euros whilst in untouristy places you can play as little as 4 euros.
You can get a big bottle of water for 23 cents in the supermarkets, so bare this in mind when people try and charge you 1.50 for one in places like the Albaicin.
A coffee will cost you around 80 cents to a euro unless you are in a touristy upper market place.
A dinner in a restaurant will probably cost around 20 euros per person (including drink).
Clothes can vary. There are a lot of brand name shops here that cost rediculous prices. Check out the second hand shops by Plaza de Universidad and Plaza de los Lobos for some bargains. Including jeans at around 9 euros and other tops and trousers for as little as 3 euros. You can get leather jackets there for around 45-60 euros too.
A flat will cost you around 400 euros per month if you are looking for a decent place. Though you can get student holes for as little as 225 euros a month.
The cheapest shoes you can find are 10 euros in the Arabic shop though for good walking shoes it will cost you between 30-50 euros.
A hotel room can cost you around 25 to 100 euros depending on the stars and where it is.
All up and down the streets behind Plaza Nueva there are Arabic shops. The shop owners will have you believe that all the goods are imported from India or Morocco or are hand made by their family in the Albaicin. I'm not sure how true this is as all the tables look the same in every shop you go in.
What to buy: They sell interesting goods such as lights, cushions, tobacco pipes and flavoured tobacco, jewellery, wooden boxes, Arabic tea sets and tea, Arabic mirrors, Arabic tables and other furniture, leather goods such as bags and purses, Arabic shoes, incents, candles, marble chess sets and other great things which would look cool in your house..
What to pay: For a table expect to pay from 60 euros up. For a full size pipe you can expect to pay around 80 euros though you can get smaller ones that work for cheaper. For a full tea set you can expect to pay 15 to 25 euros though if this is to much you can simply buy a teapot and a few glasses worth 1 euro each. The cushions are worth 12 to 40 euros depending on the design and size. The small trinkets such as wooden boxes or coasters are much cheaper going from 2 euros up.
If you want English books which aren't your normal trashy holiday books check out Metro. It is the only truly bilingual book shop in Granada.
It also has a notice board of events going on in Granada, English and Spanish classes and anything related to English and Spanish language interests.
What to buy: It has most of the top authors from all genres. It also sells kids books and games as well as Spanish learning books.
It also has all the top authors in Spanish if you fancy practicing your Spanish well as English learning books and games.
What to pay: For the English books it is basically the English price converted into Spanish.
You can find everything here that you can't find anywhere else. Plus it's easy to talk down prices and people are very nice.
What to buy: This is the perfect place to buy stuff for your friends and family at home
What to pay: totally depends on you. Could be 5 euro to 100.
I happened to shop at the El Corte Ingles in Granada but throughout Spain you will find this chain of department stores. From my assessment they are like the Wal-Mart of Spain so if you are looking for department store stuff, it's there!!
The small narrow street - more or less - just beside the Cathedral is in the morning a small street filled with 3-4 stands with fruits and vegetables. A really nice place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables cheap.
If you visit the Alhambra you have to go up this street, either in bus or walking. Anyway you must have a look at all the shops here. In some of them you can see how the are making the objects, guitars, boxes...
ALCAICERIA in the Old Town. Here you can see some typical souvenir shops, where you can buy the flamenco dresses, local craftswork, stained glass lamps, painted ceramics or azulejos – beautifully painted tiles.