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Granada, Spain – Rich in History and Culture

Submitted by on January 7, 2011 – 11:21 am2 Comments

The stunning setting of the sun drenched Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada as its picturesque backdrop is reason enough to visit Granada. But it is to the great loss of the tourists that a tour of Granada often begins and ends with the Alhambra, when there is so much more to see.

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Top Sights
Albaicín is a quaint hilltop quarter, a maze of alleyways and little squares. To savor the Moorish history, head to an archaeological museum, the Moorish baths and the spectacular La Cartuja monastery. If you can’t handle the queues at the Alhambra, head to the Carmen de los Martires, a peaceful garden complete with strutting peacocks.

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Where to Drink
Calle Elvira is a bustling stretch of watering holes. For jazz or flamenco performances, try El Eshavira or if you would prefer a hip hangout, the El Rincón de San Pedro occupies a shady spot at the bottom of the Alhambra gardens.

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Where to Eat
Granada’s array of tapas will set your head spinning and is a strong contestant for producing some of Spain’s best. But what really wins you over about Granada’s tapas scene, is that much of it is still free. Tapas is very much seen as a gift of the house, something for a bar to pride itself on and it is the closest you will come to a free lunch! The local vote goes to Los Diamantes (Calle Navas, 26), not much to look at from the outside but the crowds tells a different tale inside. The most generous is Bodego la Antigualla (Calle Elvira, 2) and it is popular with students and budget travelers who stock up on hearty dishes, all for the price of a few beers.

Where to Stay
If you are looking for a youth hostel Granada has a number of properties housed in traditional buildings. El Granado hostel dates back to the 13th and 15th century and displays bare-brick walls with modern facilities. The hostel is a few minutes’ walk from the Cathedral and is popular with couples, friends, families and all types of budget travelers. The White Nest Hostel offers guests a cheap breakfast, a sociable games room complete with pool table and also a free city tour.

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When to Go
Like most cities in the south of Spain, temperatures can be unbearable in the height of summer. Fortunately it rains very little in Granada and spring or autumn are very pleasant times to visit Granada. In November, Granada hosts one of Europe’s oldest jazz festivals. The Festival de Jazz de Granada is a month-long event with both Spanish and international artists.

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2 Comments »

  • Iain Mallory says:

    Granada is a very cool and pretty city. I stopped off there when visiting Nerja (also cool). I had been late season skiing in the Sierra Nevada and spent the next day there, the Alhambra and Haagen Daz, cool!

  • Sadly the Eshavira has closed for renovations. Calle Elvira has a lot of bars but mostly student hangouts. El Rincon de San Pedro is actually along the Carrera del Darro on Paseo de los Tristes where you will find some lovely bars and restaurants but with the view of the Alhambra you find mostly tourists. The locals go to Campo de Principe where all the bars have terraces and serve tapas. El Diamante in Calle Navas is small, expect to be crushed, standing room only. At the height of summer life changes, make the most of the cool mornings, lunch at 2 then siesta to miss the heat of the day, nightlife starts after 10pm when the breeze from the Sierra mountains cools the city and goes on to the early hours.

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