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Granada: Travel Notes

It’s not just because of the Alhambra. It’s the magic of the Sacromonte, the Albaicín, the moorish tradition present on the street, local cuisine, the street markets, flamenco, jazz and above all the diversity of its people. Let us take you by the hand and help you discover Granada.


By:  Julio Ruiz
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There’s more to Granada than the Alhambra. Before letting your feet give up on you, make sure you visit the concert halls savour of the flavour of Andalusia (Eshavira, Planta Baja, El Secadero…) or simply walk about the streets. The biggest attraction is without a doubt the Alhambra (902441221, alhambra-patronato.es, Tickets online), with the Nazarite palace which dominates the city from its spectacular location. To benefit from the beauty that radiates from the different halls and courtyards, you only need to stick your head out one of the windows and the amazing views do the rest. Even if you see it a thousands of times over, it is never less powerful: The Nazarite Palaces, the Alcazaba, the Generalife Gardens… A visit to wonders such as the Lion’s Courtyard, the King’s Hall or the Abencerrajes Hall should be made obligatory for all school pupils.

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The district of Albaicín, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, spreads along the hill in front of the Nazarite monument. The instructions are clear: you must amble along its primitive streets and admire its beautiful nooks and crannies. As well as the very popular viewing point of San Nicolás, the Carmen de la Victoria (Cuesta del Chapiz, s/n, 958223122), the Archeological Museum (Carrera del Darro, 41-43, 958575408, juntadeandalucia.es) and the San Miguel Bajo Square stand out. Towards the centre it is worth going to see the cathedral and its chapel Capilla Real (C/ Gran Vía de Colón, 958222959). But above all the buildings from the 14th century such as the Corral del Carbón (C/ Mariana Pineda, 12, 958225990) and the Mudéjar mansion Casa de los Tiros (C/ Pavaneras, 19, 958575466, juntadeandalucia.es) should be seen. When you have had enough of history, the best is to go out on the street with an eager smile and share a beer in the sun.

 

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 Eat

Something different
El acebuche al Ándalus
Plaza de San Miguel Bajo
687279149

Quick lunch
Marisquería Cunini
Pza. Pescadería, 14
958250777

Early morning coffee
Cafetería Lisboa
Pza. Nueva

Cheap and cheerful
Boabdil
C/ Hospital de Peregrinos, 2, junto C/ Elvira
958228136

Cheap and cheerful
Casa Julio
C/ Hermosa, junto a Plaza Nueva

Classic tapas
Reca
Pza. de la Trinidad esquina c/ Infantes

Classic tapas
Los Diamantes
C/ Navas, 26

Local cuisine
Casa Juanillo
C/ Camino del Monte, 81 (Sacromonte)

Need to impress
Mirador de Moraima
C/ Pianista García Carrillo, 2
958228290

Seafood
Botánico, 15 €
C/ Málaga, 3
958271598

Something different
Páprika
Cuesta de Abarqueros, 5

Everyone is talking about it
Sol Tapas
C/ San Matías, 29
645350974,645801858

Treat yourself
Corrala del Carbón
C/ Mariana Pineda, 8
958223810

Tea houses
Repostería Morisca
C/ Calderería Vieja, 12

Something different
Heladería Los Italianos
C/ Gran Vía, 4

 Drink

Wine bar
Brujidera
C/ Monjas del Carmen, 2

Tertuliar
Café Bohemian
C/ Santa Teresa, 17

Everyone is talking about it
El Ruido Rosa
C/ Pedro Antonio de Alarcón

Something different
Potemkin
Placeta Hospicio Viejo

Something different
El Haren de Arquímedes
C/ Sol, 13


 Live music

Jazz
El Secadero
Carretera Motril, 53
958558039, secaderojazz.com

Great live music
Planta Baja
C/ Horno de Abad, 11
plantabaja.net

Electronic
Sala Industrial Copera
Carretera de Armilla
C/ La paz, nave 7
958258449, industrialcopera.net

Flamenco
El Tabanco del Tío Gregorio
Cuesta de San Gregorio, 24
Albaycín
662137046

Flamenco
Peña El Niño de la Almendra
C/ de la Tiña, Muladar de Doña Ancha

Flamenco and Jazz
Sala Eshavira
Calle Postigo de La Cuna 2

Flamenco
Peña La Platería
Plaza Toqueros
958210650, 958227712, laplateria.es

A little of everything
Sala El Tren
Carretera Antigua de Málaga, 136.
Nave 7
958372462, salaeltren.com

A little of everything
Entresuelo
Plaza San Agustín, 2

 Sleep

Business trip
Abades Nevada Palace, 60 €
C/ Sultana, 3
902222590, abadesnevadapalace.com

Dependable Chain
Hotel Hesperia, 70 €
Pza. Gamboa s/n
958018400, hesperia-granada.com

Cosy and central
Casa del Aljarife, 91 €
Placeta de la Cruz Verde, 2
958222425, casadelaljarife.com

Great atmosphere
Hostal Venecia, 32 €
C/ Cuesta de Gomérez, 2
958223987

Historical
Hostal Suecia, 50 €
C/ Huerta de los Ángeles, 8
958227781

Luxury
Hotel AC Palacio Santa Paula, 185 €
C/ Gran Vía de Colón, 33
958805740, ac-hotels.com

Fashionable
Casa del Capitel Nazarí, 57 €
C/ Cuesta de los Aceituneros, 6
958215260, hotelcasacapitel.com

Design-hotel
El Ladrón de Agua, 81 €
Carrera del Darro, 13
958215040, ladrondeagua.com

Cheap and cheerful
Hostal Almohada, 20 €
C/ Postigo de Zarate, 4
958207446

Hidden away
Hotel Casa Morisca, 100 €
C/ Cuesta de la Victoria, 9
958221100, hotelcasamorisca.com

They take dogs
Hotel Palacio de Santa Inés, 60 €
C/ Cuesta de Santa Inés, 9
958222362, palaciosantaines.com

Parador
Parador de San Francisco, 290 €
C/ Real de la Alhambra
958221440, parador.es

 Shop

Music store
Mal Gusto
C/ Horno de Abad, 12 bajo

Bookstore
Librería Flash
C/ San Antón 48 – 50
958522231

Street market
La Alcaicería
Entre la Catedral y C/ Reyes Católicos

Local produce
Al sur de Granada
C/ Elvira, 150
958270245, alsurdegranada.net

Local
Cerámica Alyarrar
C/ Joaquín Costa, 6
958223618, alyarrar.com

Ecological
Ecotienda Umbela
C/ Varela, 8
958229192, ecotiendaumbela.com

Sweet treats
Bonnoir
Plaza Bibrambla, 10
958251172

Something original
La casa del Talismán
C/ Grifos de San José, 2
(Cuesta de San Gregorio)
671648463

 Skyline

Alhambra
Palace of the Nasrid dynasty and location of the Palace of Charles V
902441221, alhambra-patronato.es, Tickets online

Carmen de la Victoria
Beautiful gardens with spectacular view of the Alhambra
C/ Cuesta del Chapiz
958222132

The Caja Granada Building
Head office of the Caja Granada Bank built by Alberto Campo Baeza and known as 'the cube'
Avda. Fernando de los Ríos, 6
902100095, caja-granada.es‎

Plaza de San Miguel el Bajo
Charming plaza with great food in the centre of the Albaicin

Cathedral and Capilla Real
C/ Gran Vía de Colón
958222959

Sacromonte
Neighbourhood of whitewashed houses built along the hillside and home to the secrets of flamenco

Albaicín
UNESCO World Heritage Site, this neighbourhood contains the essence of Granada

 Sports and spas

Getting sweaty
O2 Centro Wellness
C/ Neptuno, s/n
958260726, o2centrowellness.com

Relax
Baños árabes - Hammam
C/ Santa Ana, 16
958229978, hammamspain.com

Relax
Yoga Estudio
C/ Callejón de Pavaneras, 3
958210161

Be adventurous
Andalucía Dinámica
C/ Pablo Neruda, 14
958401707, andaluciadinamica.com

Be adventurous
Nevadensis
958763127, nevadensis.com

Team sports
Estadio Municipal de Los Cármenes
C/ Salvador Allende y Torre de Comares
958131117

Sports center
Núñez Blanca Atletismo
c/ Pedro Torres de Morales, esq. carretera de la Zubia
958819070, pmdgranada.es

 Museums and galleries

Contemporary
Centro José Guerrero
C/ Oficios, 8
958220109, centroguerrero.org

Classical
Museo de la Memoria de Andalucía
Avda. de la Ciencia, 2
958222257, memoriadeandalucia.com

New talent
Sandunga
C/ Arteaga, 3
958273665, arte10.com

Federico García Lorca
Huerta de San Vicente – Casa Natal-Museo García Lorca
C/ Virgen Blanca s/n,
958258466, huertadesanvicente.com

Manuel de Falla
Casa Museo Manuel de Falla
C/ Antequeruela Alta, 11
958229421, museomanueldefalla.com

Archaeological
Centro de Interpretación del Sacromonte
C/ Barranco de los Negros, s/n (Sacromonte)
958215120, sacromontegranada.com

Natural history
Parque de las Ciencias
Avda. del Mediterráneo s/n
958131900, parqueciencias.com

 Theatre and dance

Cutting edge
Teatro Alhambra
C/ Molinos, 56
958028000, juntadeandalucia.es

Classic
Teatro Isabel La Católica
C/ Acera Del Casino, s/n
958222907, 958221514

A little of everything
Teatro Municipal del Zaidín
C/ Andrés Segovia, 64
958130985, granada.org

A little of everything
Teatro José Tamayo
Ctra. Antigua de Málaga, 100 (La Chana)
958292192, granada.org

 Cinema

Independent
Cine Madrigal
Carrera del Genil, s/n
958224348, cinentradas.com

Mainstream
Kinépolis Granada
Circunvalación. Salida Maracena-Pulianas
902300062, Kinepolis.com

Original version
Filmoteca de la Biblioteca
C/ Profesor Sáinz Cantero, 6
958285652, 958282820, filmotecadeandalucia.com

A bit of everything
Multicines Centro
C/ Solarillo de Gracia, 9
902545454, cinentradas.com

 Escapes

Just ten kilometers from the centre of Granada lies the beginnings of a paradise where you can breath fresh air and explore idilic paths: Sierra Nevada. From easy hikes such as the Cahorros de Monachil y and the Sulayr path, to steep peaks such as Mulhacén or the area known as Juego de Bolos. If it’s the right time of year, it is always worth practicing your moves on the ski slopes (902708090, cetursa.es), before global warming makes such escapes impossible. You can even glide through the snow in a dog-drawn sleigh! (Puerto de la Ragua, 958760223).

Amongst the famous villages of the Alpujarras, the best post card is the triangle between Bubión, Capileira and Pampaneira, the location of a Buddhist monastery should you need to meditate or fin yourself (Osel Ling, 958343134, a 1.600 metros).

You´ll be surprised at the contrast with an escape to Guadix (50 min), where the fashion is to sleep in the famous caves. A healthy and ecological custom making the most of the mountains. Closer to Granada (30 min.) you can visit the Museo Casa-natal del poeta Federico García Lorca in Fuente Vaqueros (C/ Poeta García Lorca, 4, 958516962, museogarcialorca.org).

If you feel like a visit to the beach, your best bet is to head south towards the cliffs of the Natural Park Maro-Cerrogordo (an hour away), where the crystal clear water lets you see the depths of the caves, and revel in the increadible colours. Your best bet is to dive rather than snorkle.

 

Useful contacts


Town Hall
Plaza del Carmen, s/n
958248100, granada.org

Granada University
C/ Cuesta del Hospicio, s/n
958243000, ugr.es

Hospital Clínico San Cecilio
Avda. Dr. Olóriz
958020300, juntadeandalucia.es

Emergency Medical Attention
061

Fire
080

Post office
C/ Puerta Real, 2
958224835

Local police
092

Ecologists in Action
C/ Tórtola, 32, 1A
958273507, ecologistasenaccion.org

24-hour pharmacy
C/ Recogidas, 48
958251290

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Getting there?


By air
Aeropuerto Federico García Lorca (17 km. de Granada)
Chauchina, Ctra. de Málaga
958245200, aena.es

By train
Avda. De los Andaluces, s/n
renfe.es, Horarios

By bus
Estación central
Ctra. de Jaén, s/n
958185480, 958185010


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El 9 March 2012 a las 1:05 PM, Susie dijo...

Know article is about Granada (Granada) but no mention of Lecrin Valley? maybe its better it stays secret. Padul and its lagoon now declared bird sanctuary + walking opportunities, GR7 route all within easy reach of Granada.

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