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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

  • 90%

    carolinehueber571990

    AWESOME CITY

    great combo between party, cultural visits great weather. really young city so it's dynamic. of course the alhambra is amazing for those who are more in the cultural thing! great for a big weekend or for a road trip.

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    Anonymous

    Gorgeous Granada

    I just loved this city, the people is kind and always in a good mood to help! The city is beautiful, gorgeous!

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    Anonymous

    Granada

    There is a lot to see in Granada. The Alhambra being the main attraction. Its a exciting city and one that can be easily walked. If arriving by train try and bring a map of the city as unfortunately the nearest Tourist information office is in the center of town, a 7 minute walk to the bus stop and a 15-20 minute bus ride away from the train station.

    Insider Tip:I highly recommend staying at the Granada Old City Hostel as the proprietress, Mercedes is English speaking and has worked for many years in the tourist industry. See my review , Old City Hostel Granada.

  • 80%

    djtencer

    One of the coolest cities in Spain!!

    I backpacked around Spain for 3 months….so it's safe to say I know this incredible country pretty well! If I wanted to live by a city that was far ish from the beach, it would DEFINITELY be in Granada!! Great food, cool people, amazing views and culture!

    Insider Tip:It's a big backpacking city, which means some people (locals & foreigners) try to take advantage of you. It's not something to lose sleep over but make sure your travel smarts / street smarts are turned on. Make sure you visit the caves, of course La Alhambra and GO TO A LIVE FLAMENCO SHOW! Also, go to an arabic tea house. Granada was the last Moorish city before both the muslims and jews were banished in the 15th century by the Spanish conquistadores. Lots of amazing muslim & jewish culture to experience.

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    Anonymous

    Come for the Alhambra

    Must get tickets for the Alhambra in advance or it's not really worth visiting, at least not for more than a day! Having said that, the cathedral is one of the most beautiful that I've seen in Europe (on the inside), and the area around the look out points is really beautiful. Food and drink is super cheap but really good, especially the free tapas with drink purchase which is amazing!

    Insider Tip:Book tickets to the Alhambra a few weeks in advance, otherwise prepare for an early morning wake up and a long wait for the ticket office to open.

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