Granada Travel Guide

  • Down-town Granada.
    Down-town Granada.
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    Alhambra - Court of the lions
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    The Alhambra from the Albaicin
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Granada Things to Do

  • Alhambra

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The first building which can be seen, having entered in Alhambra from a front entrance will be monastery (Convento de San Fransisco), constructed in the end of XIV century on a place of the Arabian palace. Now there there is a hotel - parador (a hotel in a historic building).

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  • Albaicin

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Albaicin/Albayzin district of Granada is the site of the ancient Moorish settlement and...for me...Albaicin and the Realejo district were the two areas which most allowed me to 'touch the past'. Albaicin is a truly ancient settlement, dating from roman times (although nothing remains visible from that period). It was here that the Zirid court...

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  • Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces

    This masterpiece of Moorish architecture is simply the most wonderful and inspiring set of buildings in Spain. It's consequently the country's most visited historic sight. The complex is made up of three parts: a fortress (Alcazaba), royal palaces (Alhambra) and a summer palace with luxuriant gardens (Generalife). The buildings date mainly from the...

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Granada Restaurants

  • TAPAS

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I ducked into this place when I was soaked, chilly, desperate for something to get my blood sugar up and somewhere to get warm and dry out a bit. It was a bit of a find, and I am pleased I came across it. La Bella y La Bestia 1 is a tiny bar around halfway along Carrero Darro, the narrow street which runs alongside the river Darro towards...

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  • TEA ROOMS

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Teterias are Moorish style tea houses, where You can enjoy choosing a glass of aromatic herbal or fruit teas from the vast menu. I'd recently returned from 2 weeks in Morocco, and was missing my daily mint tea fix! I entered, and was shown to a room decorated in a Moroccan style - rich dark colours, lamps, low tables, settees, cushions,...

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  • BODEGAS CASTAÑEDA

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We stayed in Granada for 2 nights and ate/drank at Antigua Bodega Castaneda both nights. The tapas was cheap and delicious, the beer cold and the local wine most drinkable! Tapas - Can't remember exactly what we ate, but it was good enough to go back for more of the same the next night!

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Granada Nightlife

  • GRANADA 10

    Granada 10 is definitely a notable discotecha in Granada. It is absolutely worth seeing once but I would highly recommend a visit to Camborio over Granada 10. I am currently a student at the university and I have attended both on numerous occasions. From my experiences, Granada 10 is generally vacant on weeknights but is a lot of fun on weekends....

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  • Cambodio

    El Cambodio is a unique and entirely different nightclub. A buddy and I went up there, arrived around 2:30am. It was disappointingly slow. There's an 8E cover charge, but it comes with a free drink so not too bad. However, the whole location and setup makes the trip pretty much worth it. There are about 4 levels, all chiseled into the dens of the...

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  • Huerto del Loro

    "Huerto del Loro" - a bar/dancing/disco place with groovy music built "into the mountain"! It is hard for me to explain what it was that I loved so much about "Huerto del Loro" that it made me come back week after week for the three months I lived in Granada. I enjoy the music there - the posibility of meeting other people (a few foreigners, but...

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Granada Transportation

  • BUSES

    I do like the way one can pay the driver on ordinary Spanish buses...it makes life so much easier than having to find a newsagent/whatever where one can buy tickets! So....you've arrived at Granada bus station and you don't want to take a taxi onwards (there are plenty of taxis waiting outside the bus station entrance)? OK, that's easy...

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  • TRAINS

    From Granada to Jerez de la Frontera I wanted to go from Granada to Jerez d.l. Frontera. This is a long and awkward trip but can be done easily enough by train. The trains in Spain are clean, comfortable and run on time. I took a train first from Granada to Seville, Santa Justa for Euro 22.70 and then a train from Seville, SJ to Jerez d.l....

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  • BY CAR

    The complexity and narrowness of the streets of the Albayzin will drive you madly around in circles if you do not have a GPS. I do believe that we would still be driving around if not for the following tip..... tail one of the city busses that squeeze through the streets of the Albayzin. They will take you to the central city and out of the maze....

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Granada Shopping

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  • Alcaiciera: Shopping Experience in...

    This is not a shop but a street and district in Granada. The first indication that you are about to experience something special is with the overhead sign proclaiming, "Alcaiceria." The street begins at the Plaza Alonso Cano. The translation of the name is the House of Caesar. The area got its name from the fact that hundreds of years ago this was...

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  • Pastries and ice creams

    This patisserie is on the ground floor of the hotel we stayed. They offer a great variety of cakes. Piononos and Felipes are the specialties of the house. In fact, the patisserie was created by Ceferino Isla, the patissier who created the famous pastry called Pionono.There is also a great variety of ice creams.There are three more branches in...

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  • Great place for tea and spice lovers

    Along the entire length of one side of the cathedral (not the entrance where the gypsy "fortune tellers" are) can be found stalls selling tea and spices in open baskets. To find this part of the tourist area was a pleasant surprise, it was not mentioned in my guidebook. There you will find dozens of fascinating, colourful choices that give off a...

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Granada Local Customs

  • FESTIVALS

    Having been to Andalusia and haven't seen flamenco? Impossible! I advise you to visit Albayzin flamenco theatre and enjoy yourself with great concert. The Tablao Flamenco Albayzin is located at the top of the Albaicín quarter of Granada close to the Mirador de San Cristobal, a plaza overlooking the Alhambra and the city center. You can watch my 3...

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  • FREE TAPAS

    We'd read about this, but didn't expect it to be as good as it sounds ... but it is ! We went into 5 bars, and in each one we had different tapas with each beer. Now granted they were not all to our taste, but it would be extremely churlish to object to free nosh. Highlights were tortilla, dressed mussells, serrano ham & crisps and bread and...

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  • SIESTA

    Shops usually open fom about 9 in the morning and close at 2pm (in Spain the morning (mañana) is considered to be up to 2pm not 12pm). They then open again in the afternoon at about 5:30-6 until 9-9:30.In Spain there is no evening time they call it afternoon (tarde) right up to nightime (noche). Many shops may close Saturay afternoons and all day...

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Granada Warnings and Dangers

  • BEWARE AROUND CATHEDRAL

    I was approaching the cathedral when I became aware of someone very close behind me. When I turned there were two young women very close and right behind me holding city maps open in front of them. They did not meet my eyes and moved away so although I was suspicious, I thought maybe they just got a bit too close because they were busy looking at...

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  • THE ALHAMBRA TICKETS

    WARNING FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING BOOKING OF THEIR ALHAMBRA TICKETS ON-LINE: (PLEASE READ THE LAST PARAGRAPH!!) Before visiting Alhambra, Granada we decided to follow various on-line recommendations and book the tickets in advance online. On a www.ticketmaster.es we didn't managed to get over first two steps (the page just went blank), so after a...

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  • Granada. Beware pick pockets

    I was approaching the cathedral when I became aware of someone very close behind me. When I turned there were two young women very close and right behind me holding city maps open in front of them. They did not meet my eyes and moved away so although I was suspicious, I thought maybe they just got a bit too close because they were busy looking at...

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Granada Tourist Traps

  • Bono turistico - not worth the hassle!

    I thought this sounded like a great, simple idea. Not so! Beware! We arrived in Granada late Friday night so it wasn't possible to pick up the tickets then. The Caja Granada banks were all shut on Saturday anyway because it was a bank holiday and the kiosk on Plaza Nueva's internet connection was broken so they couldn't print them. This kiosk also...

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  • Sacromonte shows

    Though this hills in the outskirts of Granada are an interesting visit, the "flamenco shows" offered everywhere use to be a little tourist trap. Not all of them, of course, but some of them are a little prices for what you get, so book them in an official place and ask well before you book them. http://www.sacromontegranada.com/ingles.html

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  • Gypsies

    In 1964, I wrote:Immediately when I set foot outside and was immediately accosted by gypsies trying to sell me castanets and wanting to tell my fortune. Perhaps I should have bought some. I did not have any pickpocket problem at this time.I remember being glad that the flamenco dancing was included in the tour, but not overwhelmed with the quality....

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Granada What to Pack

  • Kit List for Camino

    RucksackRucksack Pro-Tector. Sleeping BagThurlo x 2Inner sock x 2Evening sock x 2Gloves ?Head-band ?Sun-hatLong Sleeved T-shirt x 1Short "" "" "" "" "" x 2Trekking Boxers x 2Big TowelWash Gear + PillsSun BlockSandalsShorts x 1Fleece jumperFirst Aid pack + extra medicationCamera x 1 + Charger & Batteries Water BottlePocket knifeHead-TorchTrekking...

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  • Keep your Rucksack Safe -- Keep your kit...

    If you are travelling Anywhere and using a Rucksack / Backpack as your luggage then I would Strongly recommend that you use some form of Rucksack / Backpack Pro-tector !!This tip is from my own personal experience, as I have had Big Problems having my Rucksack damaged or even destroyed by airlines, particularly on Airport Carousels,What can happen...

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  • Pack for comfort!

    Lightweight luggage, day sack for carrying camera, water, sun stuff, guide book etc! Comfy shoes are a must!! - you'll probably walk further than expected- ( carry some blister plasters - just in case! )In May, I found it fairly hot in the day, but cool at night- layers are the answer. Plenty of pharmacies, supermarkets etc to stock up on...

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Granada Off The Beaten Path

  • ALBAICIN

    You'll find this huge chunk of masonry if you walk...as you should....along the Carrera del Darro, the narrow and almost traffic-free street which follows the route of the Darro river from Plaza Nueva/Plaza Santa Ana. It's a very pleasant walk, with a great deal of history to see on the way....from the ancient Moorish baths and various...

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  • ALPUJARRAS

    Las Alpujarras is an easy drive from Granada, and some of the villages do have pretty or quaint buildings, but don't come expecting the kind of chocolate-box scenes you might have been promised - it's more 'working/peasant Spain', which means some of it is grubby and ugly and while you'll still see people working the land with mules, the dusty old...

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  • VIEWS

    Tracks wind up the hillside behind the town and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The atmosphere gradually changes from mediterranean to mountain, as you walk or drive through olive groves, orchards and forest. The view, on a clear day as far as Africa are stunning, and never fail to please. There are even conveniently placed drinking water...

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Granada Sports & Outdoors

  • Sierra Nevada

    About one hour distant, Sierra Nevada is a nice skiing station. The distance makes it the favorite to Portuguese, and the proximity of the beauties and life of Granada do help a lot. I've never been there in skiing peak season and don't know how the traffic conditions, but I do believe that staying in town and going there for some hours, as we did,...

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  • Granada CF

    Granada is now in the premier league!!!! The whole city turned out to celebrate!While in Granada you might now get the chance to watch them play Barca or Real Madrid. The stadium is in a district easily accessible by bus.Tickets to watch Granada CF football team are a lot cheaper than for similiar level clubs in, for example, England. They play...

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  • Day 17 - San Pedro de Mérida - Mérida...

    Our last days walking was a fairly short one and only slightly undulating.Other than the first 6k to Trujillanos which was on a service road, the rest of the route was along reasonably busy, fairly major roads. There is a new (Refurbished and renamed (Hostal La Baranda)) to get a coffee / lunch in Trujillanos and then it's only another 5k until you...

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  • THE ALHAMBRA

    In Alhambra all the treasures are hidden inside, as well as in other moorish palaces. Outside Alhambra represents modest enough construction. Walls are unattractive, facades are not decorated. The Arabian governors did not like to parade luxury. They preferred to stay in stuffy premises rest in small court yard where fountains are murmuring and...

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  • ALBAICIN

    El Albayzín is a district that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a world heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra. It rises on a hill facing the Alhambra and many tourists journey into the Albayzin primarily for the spectacular views of the Alhambra from the viewing point by the...

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  • MIRADOR DE SAN NICOLAS

    When you arrive at the Mirador you may have to wait a little while for a space on the wall to free up. People are understandbly reluctant to leave such an inspiring view of the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada and the plains beyond. At the height of the tourist season there are lots of people selling trinkets and playing guitar music which adds to the...

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