There are few cities so beautiful that you want to return back and discover more about them.
This is the case with Granada. First time I spent 2 days there and I realized that it wasn’t enough.
Then I decided to go back, this time for 4 days, and fully enjoy the city and its incredible atmosphere.
Here is my list of tips:
Use blablacar website if you want to move around Spain.
It’s definetly convenient – trains are incredibly expensive and bus are also very slow. Moreover you will meet local people, most of them are interesting and funny, you will have a nice chat during the journey and practise a bit of spanish 🙂
Be a bit flexible, tollerant and open-minded: a 15 minutes delay is possible. At the same time be reliable!!!! If you are late, text it! This website is an incredible tool and I do hope it won’t be spoilt (as it happened with couchsurfing) by new ‘un-mannered’ users…
Stay at Granada Inn Backpackers hostel!
Atmosphere is laid-back, staff is very friendly, helpfull and sociable, they’re always inviting guests for activities, such as going out for tapas, having dinner…
Rooms are very clean and comfortables. It’s very well located in the city centre.
A list of activities are available: morning free walking tour, caves free walking tour (during the weekend), tapas tour and pub crawl…
A day trip to Calahonda.
Granada not only is close to Sierra Nevada mountain. Sea and beaches are only 45 minutes away.
You might try to get a ride on blablacar or arrange a wonderful day trip with other guests at the hostel.
Bring food and drinks for a nice picnic (remember to clean after!!!), a ball and cream for the sun 🙂
Do not miss the free walking tours, organized by the hostel.
Especially the caves zone (Sacromonte) tour was something unusual and really interesting.
Discover the incredible hippy/artist community living in caves just in front of the famous and iper-touristic alhambra (more pictures are available below).
The morning tour will lead you around the ancient and beautiful (Unesco listed) albayzin neighbourhood
Last thing that can’t be forgotten is…Tapas!!! 🙂
Granada is the only remaining city in Spain that offer free tapas when you order a drink.
Enjoy it! 😉
Local beer is Alhambra.
Unfortunately I spent only 2 (half) days there and the weather wasn’t good at my arrival day, which means I’ll have to visit again this beautiful city.
‘La Alhambra’ (a fortress/palace in arabic style) is certainly its symbol (during peak season it’s better to book your ticket).
However the city has many other interesting that can be visited for free (there is a very good daily free walking tour), especially in Albayzín (UNESCO site), the ancient Muslim neighborhood, nowadays very popular with visitors:
Close (external) view of Alhambra