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Half-Day Private City Tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús
"You will be picked up from your hotel or place of your choice and taken on this private excursion of Marbella and Puerto Banús. You will then be able to enjoy and admire the great architecture and sights of Marbella and Puerto Banus as well as most important and well-known monuments. The itinerary will be organized to suit your needs.Some of the monuments sights and activities:Old Town (Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo) Plaza de los Naranjos Chapel of St. John of God - Marbella Royal Hospital of Mercy Historic extension (botanic garden) Marbella’s Golde much more... Your private official tour guide and private luxury vehicle with chauffeur are at your disposal during the tour to help you enjoy the areas to the fullest and to get the most out of your experience in Marbella and Puerto Banús. your guide and vehicle will take you back to your hotel or your place of choice."""Enjoy this completely personalized private 4-hour tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús and explore the most iconic monuments and sights. Get to know these areas with your own private official tour guide and private vehicle with chauffeur. The visited sites o
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Granada Segway Tour to Albaicin and Sacromonte
"After gathering at a meeting point you can head-out on your Segway to explore the Granada districts of Albaicín and Sacromonte two of the most colorful enchanting and historical neighborhoods in the city. Ride around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Albaicín on your Segway and visit all of its hidden places including the Palace of Dar al-Horra Paseo de los Tristes San Nicholas Viewpoint and Cuesta del Chapiz.Afterward
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Granada Flamenco Show in Albaicin with Optional Dinner
"Make your own way to Sacromonte a charming neighborhood that was originally built and lived in by Spanish gypsies. Famous for its inhabited caves that are carved out of the soft slopes of Cerro de San Miguel Sacromonte is at the heart of Granada’s flamenco heritage with the caves having served as popular places for the community to dance and socialize since the 19th century.On arrival head for El Templo del Flamenco a popular cave venue that is dedicated to zambra a kind of gypsy flamenco that originated in Granada. Loosely translated as ‘party’ in Arabic
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Festival of Crucifixes

Held on 3rd May each year in Granada- this is one of Granadas must sees!
A time of celebration and partying!

As far as I can gather, crucifixes are decorated with flowers in various neighbourhoods, then in the evening celebrations start with horse riders, singing, dancing, music, drinking and eating!

I arrived in Granada about 2000hrs, and as the bus passed by Plaza Nueva I witnessed people of all ages, some dressed in the traditional polka dotted flamenco dresses, or plain coloured silk dresses. I also spotted some men on horseback. By the time my taxi had arrived at my accom (we had to do a detour, due to the festivities) and I'd checked in, got changed and walked back into Granada, I'd missed the main parade. However, I came upon a small square, (Plaza Padre Suarez) where there was a bar, music and dancing, as well as a tableaux- a crucifix decorated with red flowers, an illuminated model of the Alhambra, plus religious figurines, and a table and chairs decorated with typical Andalucian home wear.

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suvanki
Jun 03, 2007

Semana Santa

If you are lucky enough to be in Spain during Semana Santa, try to get to one of the cities that really celebrates it in style. I was in Granada and it totally blew me away. The amount of struggle and pain the people go through while carrying these effigies is staggering. Some people do it out of devotion, some have promised to do it if they're prayers were answered, some are doing it out of penance. There are many many people watching the procession, but since they go on for ten to twenty hours at times, you can find a place to watch without too many people. Early morning hours are usually best!

I chose this photo because you can see all the feet at the bottom. The side-to-side movement is spooky. The clothing on the effigy moves in a lifelike way. Try to catch a time when the participants have to hoist the platform onto their backs...they synchronize it perfectly.

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TempNomad
Sep 02, 2004

Las Cruces

In the beginning of may (3rd of may 2005) was "las cruces" - a time for celebrating in Granada. On many plazas local groups make like an exposicion with a cross. (It is a day celebrating the cross - more or less!)
Women and children wear the tradicional gypsy-flamenco-dresses, and there is a admosphere of partying throughout the city-center.

"Las Cruces" is celebrated every year on the 3rd of may - which is a partially day off in the province.
Sinde the Spanish government has prohibided "botellones" (drinking in the street) a couple of years ago the celebration of Las Cruces has been changing and it is still trying to find it's way back to the heart of the local people.

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Christina1881
May 10, 2007

Festival of Crucifixes (2)

I witnessed the celebrating of this festival in Plaza Padre Suarez (as well as Plaza Nueva), I saw many people dancing, drinking, eating and chatting with friends.

I preferred Pl Padre Suarez to Plaza Nueva- I thought the atmosphere was ' more intimate' and friendly- Plaza Nueva was VERY Lively- very crowded, more for the young (and 'blasted' ones!)

I enjoyed watching groups of friends chatting , then breaking into spontaneous dances- I understand the dance is Sevillianoes, ( and not Flamenco as I'd originally thought!)

There was a bar serving an array of drinks - there had been food on sale too, but I was to late for this, but there was a nearby stall selling pastries. I was glad of something to soak up the beer that I was enjoying!

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suvanki
Jun 03, 2007
 
 
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Tablao Flamenco Albayzin

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 min 09 sec about Video Granada Flamenco Theatre Albayzin out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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Kuznetsov_Sergey
Apr 20, 2014

Semana Santa

This is a photo of my student, Noelia dressed in the typical dress of the women during Semana Santa (Holy Week: which is the week before Easter).

The men dress in hoods which British or Americans will associate with the KKK.

blint
May 18, 2005

The Dragon Fest

This is a free techno/dance festival that takes place every spring just outside Orgiva (although in 2010 it was held in Santa Fe and was much smaller). The site is a quarry and dried-up river bed that is home to a year round group of traveller types (many Brits). It gets bigger every year, in 2008 20,000 people attended. Although I'm not sure of it's legality, it's well organised, the local paper praised the provsion of bins, toilets and children's areas, and is 'tolerated' by the powers that be (and is probably too big to stop)

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raquelitalarga
Apr 04, 2011

Fiesta de Durcal

Not far from Granada on the Motril road, is the town of Durcal where we were lucky enough to be when they celebrated their annaul fiesta (last weekend in August).

The fiesta kicked off with a bullfight after which the whole town came out to play. Down the main drag were endless bars with music of all styles, market stalls, a decent sized fun fair and all manner of happenings. Something for everyone and great fun.

I highly advise you to take the car or stay the night if you want a drink, as all the towns cab drivers are at the fiesta too. The Gypsy Dancer and two small people braved the pre-dawn walk home across a main road and through some rather spooky trees ... Myself, a friend and the Small Person waited until a kindly waitress had finished her night shift (6am) and grabbed a lift after sunrise. Once back at the hotel where the hard working staff were still asleep, it was a climb over the gate to get back into the grounds and the main house was locked. Luckily, a friend who had joined us for the tail end of the trip, had been given a garden room, so happily exhausted, we crashed out tehre for an hour or two while the house slowly awoke !

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Nov 23, 2007

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The Rocket Festival

May 2008 is the 3rd year this festival, " a celebration of life and alternative culture", has taken place. The site is in the mountains outside Granada, so has gorgeous views and has hundreds of live bands, dance acts, and arty events. There is a campsite, it lasts 3 days and you are almost guarenteed sunny, if not hot, weather. Friends of mine went the first year when not enough people attended and I believe it may have lost money but the website indicates it's done well since. Tickets are £70.

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raquelitalarga
Apr 22, 2008

Easter

Easter in Spain is 'Semana Santa' (translation; saints's week) and is very important in this very traditional, catholic city. So yes, Granada will be absolutely packed as there are processions all week through the centre. They make a great spectacle (costumes, hoods, candles, bare feet, Virgen Maria etc)but block streets and cause traffic and pedestrian chaos. Pretty sure prices go up significantly for accomodation too.

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May 28, 2010

Christmas

If you are planning a visit over the Christmas period be aware that Christmas Eve is the time when most bars and restaurants will be closed! This is because families have their Christmas meal in the evening. So if you are staying in a hotel then maybe it's best to eat there that evening or else seek out a venue pretty early on as it will be very quiet!! Families venture out for midnight mass if they are religious, which I suppose would be an interesting sight for tourists interested in local customs.

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Sep 04, 2008

3rd of May FESTIVAL

3rd of May, dia de las cruces or Crosses day...
It is one of the best days to enjoy Granada.... party along the street.... no words, just enjoy yourself!!!

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Mar 06, 2004

Things to Do Near Granada

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Mirador de San Nicolas

Well, there were lots of interesting people around when I visited the mirador (viewpoint) of San Nicholas on a bright, sunny February afternoon. I've not seen so many dreadlocks nor so many...
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Albaicin

Facing each other, as two "twin sisters", the hills of Alhambra and Albaicin are the heart of Granada. You may either climb to the "poor" Albaicin and enjoy the large sights over the town, with the...
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Iglesia de Santa Ana

As you walk through the Plaza Nueva you will come on a beautiful old church. It is known as Iglesia de San Gil y Santa Ana. The church was constructed beginning in 1501 on the former site of an...
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Casa de los Tiros

This beautiful historic house was created in the mid sixteenth century by Gil Vazques Rengifo, after the conquest of Granada he bought a number of connected houses and remodelled them into one...
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Alhambra

It really, really is worthwhile buying these tickets online in advance. At least you will be absolutely certain you can visit on the day you choose, and can get a slot for the Nasrid Palaces (visiting...
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Plaza de Toros

Granada’s bullring or Plaza de Toros was built in 1928-29 in the Mudejar style. There are three levels which were designed to originally hold 14,500 spectators. The building itself covers more than...
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