A City in the Southern province of Andalucia
Backpacking in Granada
If you’re backpacking around Spain, make Granada a definite stop on your backpacking trail. Granada has tons of grand architecture, a hip and vibrant nightlife, and for an added bonus, it’s a fairly cheap city for backpackers to spend to time. Most budget accommodation in Granada is in the heart of the city centre and it ranges from the cool & funky to the cheap and cheerful. Good, cheap hotels in Grenada gets snapped up fast so try to arrive before midday to avoid missing out. If you’re staying for a few days and want to see all the main sights, you may save money with the ‘Bono Turistico’ ticket. For around 30 Euros, this gives you access to the Alhambra and the vast majority of Granada’s other main sights. You also get one day on Granada’s sight seeing bus plus 9 rides on Granada’s public buses. When it comes to food, Granada has a treat in store for Backpackers. It’s customary in Granada for tapas to be served free with drinks in bars so eating out in Granada doesn’t have to put a big dent in your bank account. Due to an enormous student population, Granada’s nightlife is kicking and inexpensive, so it’s well worth getting out and about to check out Granada’s happening bar scene. And be sure to check out Granada’s lively flamenco scene. Most flamenco shows happen in the gypsy district of Sacromonte and some of them can be expensive and very touristy. Shop around to find one that suits your budget and your expectations.
Beach in Granada
Granada is an inland city but the province of Granada in the South borders the Mediterranean Sea. The Granada coast is mainly rugged and cliff lined with a scattering of beach towns which are worth a visit of you’re in the area and fancy chilling on the beach. The coast is about 70km from Granada city and regular buses run between Granada and the coastal towns of Salobrena and Almunecar.
Camping in Granada
With such a fantastic climate, a camping holiday in Granada can be an excellent holiday choice. Campers in Granada are well catered for as there’s a campground in the city centre. Very handy for when the sightseeing gets too much and you fancy a quick siesta before carrying on with the touring or hitting the restaurants or bars. If you’re happy to stay just a little further out of the centre, there are pleasant options for camping in Granada on the city’s pleasant and green outskirts. Granada is close the Sierra Nevada which is a favourite spot for skiers in the winter and mountain bikers and hikers during summer and well equipped campgrounds can be found around the Sierra Nevada. The gorgeous, sun-drenched Andalucian countryside around Granada is a pleasure to explore and campgrounds in this part of Spain are excellent value for money. Most campgrounds around Granada are extremely well equipped.
City Breaks in Granada
Romantic, compact, fun, and brimming with character, you can’t go wrong with a city break in Grenada. The main highlights of Granada are located within walking distance of each other. This makes a Grenada city break very appealing. Highlights of a city trip to Grenada include exploring the world famous Alhambra, checking out the historic Islamic area of the Albayzin, witnessing a dazzling flamenco show, and sampling delicious tapas in a few of Granada’s many tapas bars. Cheap flights to Granada are becoming more and more common from various European destinations and some excellent deals on accommodation can be found throughout the year. If you’re planning a Grenada city break, consider picking up the Bono Turistico ticket which gets you into most of the main sights and includes a pass for the Grenada sightseeing bus plus 9 tickets for Granada’s public buses.
Corporate Weekend in Granada
A corporate weekend in Granada can be excellent for building a team’s morale. Being so close to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, there’s an abundance of outdoor activities available for team building exercises. In the winter, skiing is the number one activity in the Sierra Nevada. Throughout the rest of the year, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking are just a few of the many activities that are popular for corporate weekends in Granada. Granada’s culture also provides some great ides for corporate teambuilding. A night out at a buzzing flamenco show is great fun, and getting peopled involved in a bit of the dancing action can be a real icebreaker. And Granada’s sociable nightlife makes for a great evening where everyone can relax and socialise over tapas and drinks. Organising a corporate weekend in Granada is simple, as there are various companies around Granada which specialise in corporate events.
Culture and Arts in Granada
If you’re searching for a holiday destination where culture and the arts feature heavily on the agenda, put Grenada at the top of your list. Granada is routed in gypsy (Gitano) culture and this is most evident in flamenco music and dancing. The heart of the gypsy cultures is the intriguing area of Sacromonte where Gitano have lived in cave houses for hundreds of years. The area buzzes every night with flamenco shows and it’s well worth a visit. Like it or not, bullfighting in Granada is still a strong part of the culture as it is throughout the rest of Andalucia. Witnessing a bull fight is a personal choice but if you fancy see what all the fuss is about, try and time your visit to Granada with a bull fight. There’s a huge importance placed on having fun in Grenada, and this can be sampled nightly in Granada’s lively tapas bars and on a much grander scale, in the many fiestas the city hosts throughout the year. If it’s art you’re seeking, you’re in for a treat. The art is all around you in Granada. In the flamenco music that filters from the town’s flamenco venues and bars, to the city’s stunning architecture. You’re surrounded by fabulous art in Granada but if it’s art work you seek, there are a number of art galleries and museums in Granada that are worth hunting out. The best source of information about galleries and museums is the tourist information centre.
Disabled Needs in Granada
Granada is better equipped for disabled travellers than you may think. Many varieties of accommodation, ranging from hotels to campgrounds, are very well equipped for disabled travellers. Most of Granada city is flat however some of the main tourist sites are located on hills. The Alhambra is located at the top of a steep hill. Once inside, there are large parts of the Alhambra which are wheelchair accessible although there are certain older parts with stairs which can’t be reached by wheelchair at all. The historic neighbourhoods of the Albayzin and Sacromonte are hilly so if getting around easily is a problem for you, you’ll need to do some prior planning for exploring these areas. These areas and the Alhambra can be reached by wheelchair accessible public buses. Some of the city centre streets are pedestrianised which makes certain parts of the city easy and pleasant to explore. There are companies in Andalucia that specialise in organising disabled holidays in Granada and the surrounding area.
Family Holiday in Granada
Family ties in Andalucian culture are extremely strong. Because of this, travellers with children in Granada are generally very well received making a family holiday in Granada a great idea. Accommodation for families in Granada is plentiful and can be excellent value for money. Good options for family trips to Granada include staying in a superbly equipped campground or hiring a holiday villa in the city or the surrounding countryside. Highlights for family fun in Granada include exploring the fairy tale palaces and gardens of the Alhambra. A family friendly flamenco show is a must and is something children and adults alike will love. And be sure to check out Granada’ fun Science Museum when on your family holiday in Granada which has some great hands on exhibits for kids.
Gay and Lesbian in Granada
People in Granada generally have a relaxed attitude toward homosexuality making it a good city for a gay holiday. It may not be as open as Gran Canaria, but Granada’s certainly no prudish back water either. The city has an enormous variety of bars and clubs which range from gay and lesbian friendly to exclusively gay. Hitting the bars in Granada is a treat as it’s generally inexpensive and if you get peckish, the tapas are usually free. Accommodation’s good and ranges from the cheap and cheerful to the plush and expensive. And when it comes to sightseeing, Granada offers a vast amount of fabulous historical sights, including Spain’s most visited attraction – the Alhambra.
Hen Destination in Granada
Fun is of the utmost importance in Granada which makes a hen party in Granada a top idea. There’s no end of cultural activities to keep you occupied during the day. There’s also great shopping to be found with a strong emphasis on traditional Andalucian handicrafts. If you want to build some group activities into your hen weekend in Granada, the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range offers an abundance of fun activities ranging from skiing in the winter to cycling and walking throughout the rest of the year. If you want to include some pampering in your hen celebration in Granada, many spas can be found in and around Granada. When it comes to letting your hair down, Granada’s bar scene buzzes all night long. And for a truly memorable night out, be sure to get your Granada hen party along to one of the city’s fabulous flamenco shows during your Hen weekend in Granada.
Stag Destination in Granada
Great activities, superb nightlife, and relatively cheap beer. You can’t go wrong with a stag party in Granada. The Sierra Nevada mountain range is an excellent place to head to indulge in all manner of adrenalin pumping activities ranging from skiing in the winter to rock climbing and mountain biking throughout the rest of the year. Granada’s pumping nightlife will keep the hardest party animal content for hours and a pub crawl of Granada’s many lively bars is a must. Culture might not be high on your agenda for a stag do in Granada, so if there’s only one thing you see on the cultural front on your stag celebrations in Granada, make it the World famous Alhambra. It’s unmissable!
Honeymoon in Granada
Grenada is one of the most romantic cities in the world which makes a honeymoon in Granada a superb idea. The beauty of Granada has been casting its spell over people for centuries and it’s impossible to not be moved by this intriguing city. Top suggestions for a romantic honeymoon in Granada include a highly romantic stroll around the beautiful old Islamic quarter – the Albayzin. A romantic meal in a restaurant which offers superb terrace views of the Alhambra at night, and taking in a flamenco show in the atmospheric gypsy district of Sacromonte. Granada offers a fabulous range of accommodation with some extremely romantic options available. Be sure to book ahead to ensure you find a room which has an unforgettable view of the Alhambra.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Granada
Thanks to one of the biggest student populations in Spain, Granada has a seriously vibrant bar and club scene. The liveliest bar action is to be found around Calle de Ellvira. For clubbing, head for Plaza Nueva. Being Spain, nothing gets going here till late, but when it does get going, things keep pumping until the small hours. If you arrive expecting a party when the students are all on holiday you might be a little disappointed. Most students return to their home towns during the holidays and the bar scene can be quieter.
Couples Holiday in Granada
If you’re after a romantic city break, Granada is an ideal place to head. Romance is in the air in this wonderful city. Highlights for couples include wandering around the highly atmospheric neighbourhoods of the Albayzin and Sacromonte, losing your selves in the beauty and history of the Alhambra’s old palaces and lush gardens, and finding a romantic spot for a meal that offers breathtaking views of the flood lit Alhambra. The best place to head for a romantic meal for two is the Albayzin. The old streets of the Albayzin hide many wonderful restaurants but you’ll need to do some hunting. Theses restaurants are often tucked away behind gates with tiny signs which are easy to miss and you may have to ring a door bell to get in. Well worth the effort as there are some superb restaurants hidden away in this area. Be sure to check out a fine flamenco show at some stage and soak up some of that fiery flamenco passion. And if you fancy taking some of that Granada passion home with you, why not learn a little flamenco when in Granada. Dance courses are available and it can be fabulous thing to do as a couple when in the city. Ask at the tourist office for details on dance courses in the city. The city offers a vast amount of romantic accommodation options, so shop around to find something truly special for your couple’s holiday in Granada.
Golf Activity Holiday in Granada
Granada’s superb climate makes a golf holiday in Granada a hot option.
There are two possibilities for golfing in the Granada region. If you want to stay in Granada and sample the delights of this stunning city, the most convenient golf course is Granada Golf which has stunning views towards the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The other option is the Los Moriscos Golf Course which is on the coast of the Granada region. This golf course is in beautiful location right at the beach between Motril and Salobreña.
Skiing - Snow Boarding in Granada
Granada sits near the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This forms an almost year round snow capped backdrop for the stunning city of Granada. It also provides the city with a winter playground as the Sierra Nevada has one of Spain’s best and biggest ski fields. This is the most southerly place you can ski in Europe and the lively Sierra Nevada Ski Station is well worth checking out. The ski Season in Granada runs from December to April and if you’re planning to visit the ski field, it pays to be aware that it can get very busy on the slopes during weekends and holidays. Whether you’re a skier or a snow boarder, beginner or experienced, skiing near Granada in the Sierra Nevada is great option for a skiing holiday.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Granada
Being so close to the stunning Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is ideally located for a fabulous hiking holiday. Some of the Sierra Nevada is a national park and it offers superb hiking for casual and serious hikers. If your hiking trip to Granada will involve walking in the Southern valleys in the summer be prepared for serious heat. To avoid the heat, plan your Granada hiking holiday for the shoulder summer months. If your Granada hiking trip will involve tackling the higher mountain tracks, the height of summer is the best time to visit as the snow's melted and the weather's more predictable. Organised hiking tours are available in Granada.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Granada
Cycling in Granada and the surrounding areas is highly popular so hire a bike and check out what all the fuss is about. The beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain range offers superb mountain biking opportunities which range from gentle tracks that make for a pleasant day out, to serious off road riding trips for those who want to get the adrenalin pumping. The Beautiful Andalucian countryside around Granada offers plenty of scope for cyclists too. There are many quiet country paths throughout the beautiful olive tree filled countryside. There are also many purpose built cycle ways which allow for safe and pleasant country cycling. If you fancy joining an organised cycling tour, there are many Grenada cycle tour companies which do tours of the Andalucian countryside and in the Sierra Nevada.
Shopping Holiday in Granada
Shopping in Granada presents a great opportunity to pick up some gorgeous Andalucian Handicrafts. There are some great areas in Granada for shopping with local arts and crafts being high on the shopping list of most tourists. Keep and eye out for pottery, musical instruments, leather, textiles and brass. The main area to head to find local arts and crafts is the atmospheric Alcaiceria in the city centre.
Well-being and Spa in Granada
If the main focus of your holiday is to come back refreshed and rejuvenated, Grenada has a lot to offer. Improve your yoga technique in a yoga retreat in the inspiring surroundings of the gorgeous Andalucian countryside. If it’s relaxation and pampering in a spa you’re after, many hotels offer excellent spas in Granada. And be sure to check out Grenada’s Arabic style bathhouse (Hamman) which offers traditional massages in a soothing, relaxing atmosphere.
Touring - Driving holiday in Granada
A Grenada road trip can be a highly rewarding experience. One popular Granada touring option is a classic loop route which takes in the Andalucian highlights of Granada, Seville and Cordoba. The scenery along this route is stunning so be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the stunning countryside and gorgeous towns around Grenada. If you have time, include the Sierra Nevada in your Grenada driving holiday. Roads around Grenada are good and often quiet but beware that Spain has one of the highest accident rates in Europe, so be alert. Note that driving in the centre of Granada city itself can be slightly stressful due to one way streets. Study a map of the centre and know where you’re going before you drive into the city centre.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Granada
Thanks to the hot, dry, and very sunny climate of Andalucia, some of Spain’s best wine is produced in the regions around Granada. Andalucia is most famous for sherry and sampling a drop or two is a must when on holiday in Granada. If planning a wine tasting holiday in Granada, you’ll find various options for joining wine and sherry tasting tours and evenings around the Granada regions and the surrounding regions. One pleasant way to visit some of Andalucia’s vineyards is on a cycling tour of the Andalucian countryside.