Granada Pocket Guide

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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 you arrive in the middle or at the end of the week you'll find somewhere to suit your hedonistic needs.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Granada.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Granada... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Granada.

Granada City Reviews

  • 100%


    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.

  • 70%


    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.

  • 90%



    GRANADA WAS AMAZING. There isn't a whole lot to do there but everything is super pretty so just walking around is great. The people are very friendly and the views are fantastic!!! It's very easy to navigate and everything is super close which makes seeing all the major sights very easy. And obviously there's the Alhambra.....ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING. I was in awe and took about a million and seventeen pictures there. The views both of the Alhambra and from it are beyond beautiful

    Insider Tip:As soon as you know the days of your trip to Granada BOOK YOUR TICKET TO THE ALHAMBRA. It sells out quick and you don't want to leave without seeing it. Even when the Alhambra website offers no times there are usually still times available if you get the Granada Card so check that out. I also recommend getting a tour of the Albaycin so you see all the viewpoints without getting lost. And definitely a tour of the Sacramonte which is super cool but an area I definitely wouldn't have gone to on my own otherwis

  • 100%


    Beautiful City

    Great city to walk around and city watch. Lots of great restaurants and good shopping. Beautiful buildings and landscapes.

  • 90%


    Granada, España

    I still have so much to see. I was near La Alhambra, and I stayed in the center of Granada. It was fascinating to see the Semana Santa parades but, when I return to Granada, I want to see more things that are local. I did a LOT in my three days there, but when it was time to move on... I wasn't ready. I think I'm in love with Granada.

    Insider Tip:A local left me with these wise words: "Do not pay for a meal here. If you pay for a meal, you are being ripped off. Most of the places here give you tapas with a drink. Do not waste your money, unless you KNOW the cuisine is worth it!" I haven't been to Andalusia in the summer, but I know that it is hot as HELL. You have been warned.

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