City Guide Granada, Spain

Visiting Granada

Nestled close to the towering Sierra Nevada, and overlooked by the Alhambra, one of the world's most famous Moorish palaces, Granada in the Spanish region of Andalucia is unique in comparison to other Spanish cities. Sure, it has its tapas bars and locals enjoy their siestas every afternoon, but stroll around the city and you'll find Moorish quarters with an abundance of tea houses and restaurants where Arabic delicacies are their specialty. It is also a big student city, so whether it's the middle or end of the week you arrive you'll find somewhere to suit your hedonistic needs.

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Granada City Reviews

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    Granada - the best city in Spain

    I've been to all the major cities in Spain and Granada is my favourite. The city is steeped in history and the albaycin and Alhambra are must visits. Best and most generous FREE tapas in Spain.

    Insider Tip:The kebab King is a value for money diner near the city centre.

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    It was not among the cities I was going to visit in Spain! But after some advises I decided to go! Best decision ever! The city is amazing, the prices are excellent and the food is the best I found in Spain!

    Insider Tip:Go for paella! Amazing!

  • 80%


    The best part of Andalusia by far

    In my short trip to Andalusia, Granada was by far my favorite city. I'm normally not a huge fan of touring pretty old buildings, but Alhambra completely blew me away. Albayzin (the old Muslim neighborhood) is great for walking around, with winding streets and beautiful old buildings and courtyards, as well as, at the top, a magnificent view of the city and the sunset. Walking around in search of free tapas wasn't the easiest in the off season, but it was great fun.

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    A place where tapas still come free with your drink.

    There's lots that Spain in general offer in culture and lifestyle....siesta, tapas and paella, homemade sangria, flemenco and bull fights. However, Granada offers history, beauty, and cheap eats. Visiting the Alhambra is a must see if you're in Spain. It is like the Taj Mahal of Europe. Unlike many of the cities I've been to in Spain, Granada still continues the tradition of giving generous portions of free tapas with every drink. You have a free meal after 2 or 3 drinks at 2 eur ea. drink.

    Insider Tip:In low season (winter), the Alhambra ticket office releases 200 tickets each day. To avoid lines, you can purchase your tickets the day of through the machines, which are located past the gift shops. The machine take credit cards. You cannot purchase your tickets in person for days other than the same day of your visit.

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    Beauty in the mountains

    Granada is a wonderful place to visit. The Alhambra is beautiful and a very special place to visit. Wandering around the streets of Granada, walking past the river, is very nice. Locals are very friendly. I liked walking up to Sacromonto and talking with people. The arabic neighbourhood is really charming with its small streets and cafes and shops.

    Insider Tip:If you want to visit the Alhambra, buy tickets online at least 3 or 4 weeks in advance. If you don't have tickets, queue at 6.30 in the morning to get them. It's worth it.

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