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'City Trip Granada'
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Tel.: +33 (0) 1 44 29 40 00
Fax: + 33 (0) 1 40 54 04 74
www.andalucia.org is the official Andalusia site, in 4 languages.
Tourist Office Granada (Turismo): c/Mariana Pineda, for free city plans with sights
Granada is a university city. Students and people who work in tourism usually speak English. But outside the tourist centers and outside the city it's a good idea to bring a phrase book.
Best time to travel
In July and August the temperature can easily reach 40 degrees Centigrade. These months are really not good for a visit. Any other time of the year is good for visiting Granada. Winter sports afficionados: Granada is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, so you can combine winter sports and culture.
Granada has accomodation in every price class. Our experience at Hostal Landázuri, Cuesta de Gomérez 24 was good. This is the street that leads to the Alhambra, so you can get there early, before the tourist buses arrive. The hostal has a pleasant roof terrace with a view of part of the Alhambra. In May the hostal was aready booked up early in the evening, so don't arrive too late in the day.
Food and drinks
The best place to eat in Albaícin is the atmospheric Plaza Largo. On Cafetin La Porrona's terrace, a neighborhood restaurant that serves a good meal for a reasonable price, the Plato Alpujarranes will please meat lovers. For little money you can drink a bottle of Rioja with it.
Around Plaza San Miguel Bajo in the same neighborhood are bars and restaurants whose terraces have a view of a 16th century monastery.
If you don't want Spanish food for a change, La Cantina Mexicana, Cuesta del Realejo 1, has excellent tacos, quesadillas, etc. Lots of students eat here, so it's definitely cheap.
The outdoor café on the little square next to Mirador S. Nicolás (Albaícin) is a good place to have a drink after climbing all the way up. They serve free, delicious tapas with their drinks.
On the outskirts of the city center is Chikito (Plaza Campillo 9), a restaurant with a rich history. It's famous litterary regulars' table 'El Rinconcillo' was the meeting point for Garcia Lorca and other intellectuals. The many photos on the walls are proof. It has a great atmosphere, very Spanish and the food is good. You probably should make a reservation. Tel. 22 33 64
Grand-café Via Colon (Gran via de Colon 13) is not just a waiting room for the many buses that leave from here, it's also worthwhile to have a cup of coffee here and to enjoy the special interior.
An atmospheric restaurant is La Ermita en la Plaza Toros, which is situated in the catacombs of the arena. Here you can enjoy Spanish cuisine in a special ambiance.
Alhambra and Generalife
Opening hours in the summer: 9 AM - 8 PM. The cash desk opens half an hour earlier.
In the tourist season you can visit Alhambra and Generalife in the evening, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10-12 PM.
A typical piece of advice from the Rough Guide Andalucia: "Within the walls of the citadel there are some restaurants that overcharge. But no one seems to mind if you bring a bottle of wine to the Generalife and cool it in one of the fountains - maybe this is the best way to appreciate the luxury and enjoy it."
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