Hi everyone and welkome back. Are you ready for a new adventure or are your heads still in Seville? We hope they aren’t because today we have to visit another beautiful city in Spain… Granada. Let’s go!
Granada is the state capital of the Andalusian province, located in the eastern part of Sierra Nevada. It is crossed by two rivers: Darro and Genil and the closest airport are Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport. So many and very characteristic are its neighborhoods (Sacromonte, Albayzín…) but the most important is definitely the citadel Alhambra. Granada is known for being a city full of students due to its famous University of Granada. A cultural peculiarity of Granada, which will also be found in the culinary world, is the pomegranate. You have understood well, this fruit is the symbol of Granada (it is from it that comes the name of the city, in Spanish pomegranate is Granada) as it is represented in the official coat of arms of the city. Its introduction marked the Spanish domination. With this gem we are sure you will be curious to know even more about Granada and you are right… So let’s sart our journey!
To know more (where to eat, what to eat, where to have fun, what to visit…) continue to read.
We officially started the tour in Granada. We are going to know its cultural aspect.
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS…)
- Capilla Real de Granada: is a structure located close to the cathedral and is a great attraction for tourists for its great value and its majesty that you can see outside and inside of it.
- Real Monasterio de San Jerónimo de Granada: it is a renaissance monastery, famous for its architecture, it is composed of two cloisters surrounded by a garden. A very impressive place!
- Alhambra: this is a complex of palaces, or better a citadel (a small town in the big city!) which represents the top of the Andalusian art. Just think that it has been chosen as a finalist to be indicated as one of the seven wonders of the world; with this we said all but anyway we want to tell you the most important parts of the citadel, just to make you stay more and more astonished at every step you make! Among the palaces there are: Palacio de Carlos V former residence of the emperor in Renaissance style. Its circular courtyard is surrounded by columns. Today, the palace is home to the Alhambra Museum and Bellas Artes Museum (an important gallery with various collections that go the 15th from the 20th centuries). Palacio de Generalife was the summer residence of the rulers of the Emirate of Granada. The palace overlooks the Patio de la Acequia, a garden formed by a long and narrow fountain flanked by flowers and various plants (it reminds a little of the complexes we have seen in Seville, do you remember them?). Patio de los Leones is a courtyard located in the heart of Alhambra, in the center there is a fountain supported by lions statues. The columns that surround the square have a great artistic effect. One of the reasons for such beauty is that this place must represent the materialization of Paradise (we think it would be useless to add something else about it!). Torre de la Vela, a tall tower from which you can see the city, Sacromonte and Albaicín. Palacios Nazaries is another palace complex that includes the following rooms: Mexuar, Patio del Mexuar o del Cuarto Dorado, Sala de la Barca, Patio de la Alberca o de los Arrayanes, Sala de los Reyes but there are many more, one nicer than other. These are the principal places of the Alhambra, anyway it includes other places that if you have time it’s nice to visit. Everything that has been seen so far is part of UNESCO’s heritage.
- Parque de las Ciencias: is the park of sciences, a fully interactive museum that houses several pavilions (Pabellón Viaje Cuerpo Humano, Pabellón Al-Andalus y la Ciencia, Pabellón Tecno-Foro, Observatory Astronómic….), a library, Cultural galleries, temporary exhibitions, workshops. A mix of astronomy, chemistry, mechanics, physics… All very interesting.
- Cuevas del Sacromonte Museum: the museum is located in Sacromonte district and owns a stunning view of the Alhambra. The museum recreates the history of the city, but also the ancient daily habits. How? Visiting a cave, a real rock house furnished with antique collections.
- José Guerrero Centro: is an art gallery that houses the works of painter José Guerrero. The headquarters is in Crafts (not far from Granada’s cathedral ). In addition are held conferences, conventions and concerts (undeline the Contemporary Music Center José Guerrero).
- Casa de los Pisa: the structure is famous for hosting the San Juan de Dios Museum, a precious piece of history as it contains paintings, jewels and so on. It has several rooms and a small and quiet courtyard.
Some theaters that we can find in Granada are: Teatro Municipal Isabel La Católica, Teatro Alhambra, Sala El Apeadero, Teatro José Tamayo. There are several other ones and all of them are close to the other so it’s up to you the choice!
Cuevas del Sacromonte Museum
Carrera del Darro
We continue our tour through the streets, squares and parks of Granada. Let’s go, we still have a lot to discover!
- Paseo de los Tristes: anyone who visit this place is enchanted and for this reason is considered one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Parallel to the Darro River and with a majestic view of the Alhambra. Going along the narrow streets you have two possibilities: going through Cuesta del Rey Chico hill or through Albayzín or Sacromonte districts. Whatever is your choice you will not be disappointed!
- Carrera del Darro: this place is also one of the most popular tourist destinations as a wonderful place. This time the road crosses the Darro river and it is crossed by two brick and stone bridges (Cabrera and Espinosa) in the Churra district. In the Carrera del Darro there are some typical old houses.
- Mirador de S. Nicolás: it is a belvedere with a small square inside where there is the homonymous church. The view offers a spectacular view of the Alhambra.
- El Carmen de los Martires: situated on the Maurorhill is one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in the city, even here can’t miss the typical style that distinguishes Granda from the rest, especially for its beautiful palace.
- Plaza de Bib-Rambla: is a small square in Granada, where in the center there is a fountain and it is surrounded by limes (a variety of trees). Around there are many bars and restaurants and some roads that will lead you to some typical shopping streets.
- Puerta de las Granadas: Granada’s most popular historical gate. This marks the entrance in the Alhambra forest. You can reach it through the main square, the Plaza Nueva then follow the street to Cuesta de Gomérez and everything else will come by itself!
- Puerta Elvira: is another historic gateway in Granada that marks the entrance to the Elvira street, full of restaurants, pizzerias and various shops. Continuing on the road you will reach Alhambra or Paseo de los Tristes streets.
- Puerta Real: is one of Granada’s most beautiful squares, including the streets of Recogidas St, Reyes Católicos St e Carrera de la Virgen and Genil Avenue. The end of the road marks the place where the River Genil and the river Darro meet each other.
- Calle Navas e Fuente de las Batallas: not far from each other; the first street is perfetc for a great evening in some of the typical and old Granada restaurant or bar. The second one is a meeting point where you can rest on a bench and admire the fountain in front of them but it is also great to have a nice walk. Think that this is where football fans of Granada go to celebrate the victories.
- Park Federico García Lorca: is a park located in the modern part of Granada. There is a wide variety of trees, flowers and a long water course that accompanies part of the park. Surely what we have noticed in the park is its modern look that makes it different, but not for this less beauitful, from the typical parks in the oldest part.
- Albayzín: maybe it would be useless to include this neighborhood as a destination because it is a must see stop for anyone visiting Granada. It is located on the hill in front of the Alhambra, where the river Darro flows and where the famous Plaza Larga is located. This place has managed to keep its medieval aspect intact and this aspect is so important that it has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Do we add more? No beacause we don’t want to ruin you the exploration by anticipating the many beauties of the neighborhood but we can suggest two more district that worth a visit: Realejo and Sacromonte.
- We suggest you something different from the typical tours that take place in the city, it is the Electric Bike Tour Granada, a very interesting and fun experience.
Granada’s nightlife is considered one of the best in Andalusia. All we have to do is to look into that to be prepared on this front.
Since Granda is a city with a large number of students the fun is around every corner. The most lively spots are: Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, Plaza Nueva, Calle Elvira, Sacromonte and Albayzín (all the place that we mentioned before). One thing is for sure, if you love music this is the perfect place for you, every street and place is full of it.
Here are some locals in Granada
- Boom Boom Room Granada: disco
- Six Colours: longue bar
- Efecto Club: night club
- Plantabaja: night club
- Paripe: night club
- Granada Jazz Club
Tortilla de Sacromonte
Like every traditional trip, let’s enjoy the typical dishes of Granada.
- Let’s start with the ever present Tapas. Granada offers a great variety of tapas and the specialty that differentiates it from all other Andalusian cities is that here they are free!
- Tortilla de Sacromonte: it’s a typical dish of the homonymous neighborhood. It is an omelet of eggs, marrow, veal entrails, nuts and various vegetables (peppers, peas). Don’t judge, try it and then let us know!
- Plato Alpujarreño: this is Granada’s dish par excellence, it is very substantial and consists of: french potatoes, eggs, bacon and three types of meat (morcilla, lomo de orza, longaniza).
- Remojón Granaino: a lighter and very interesting dish, it is potatoes salad, salted codfish, black olives, onion, tomato or eggs and the special ingredient: the orange. Yum!
- Arroz con leche: a very famous dessert in Granada, known for its goodness. The ingredients are: rice with milk, cinnamon and orange.
- Pionono: a sweet in honor of Pope Pius IX. It is prepared with eggs, sugar, milk, lemon, cinnamon and rum. About this latter ingredient, Granada has its own rum production, that is Ron Palido. Another drink produced in Granada, the children will love it, is the puleva de chocolate (chocolate milk).
Arroz con leche
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’..)
You thought it was the time of the famous siesta isn’t it? Well, yes but before it we have to look for some restaurants and then we can conclude our tour with a quiet siesta.
- Negro Carbón: steakhouse with Spanish, contemporary cuisine.
- El Mercader: International, Mediterranean, Spanish cuisine.
- ¡Viva Maria !: Italian, Mediterranean, vegetarian cuisine.
- Entrebrasas: steakhouse / bar with Mediterranean cuisine.
- El Quinteto: Mediterranean, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine
- Jardines de Zoraya: Mediterranean, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine.
- La Bella Fonda: Mediterranean, European, Spanish cuisine.
- Avila II Bar Tapas: bar with Mediterranean, European cuisine.
- Mimimi: bar with Mediterranean cuisine.
- Bar Poe: bar/pub with Spanish cuisine.
- Bar Avila: bar with Mediterranean, European cuisine.
Our tour in Granada is over. Now it’s time for our fantastic siesta but after this we all want you ready to face another amazing adventure in Spain.
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What you liked the most or least? We’re curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Granada.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=GRX&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 accommodation near the airport Federico García Lorca.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-384328&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 accommodation in the city.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?district=1234&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation Centro.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=1951&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation next to Granada station.