GRANADA

Mum and I headed to Granada, Spain, for a long (and very hot!) weekend. We spent our days wandering the old town, taking in the beautiful tile lined streets and eating delicious tapas. The Alhambra was incredible – absolutely the highlight of our trip.

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Stay: We stayed at Washington Eurostars Irving, really close to La Alhambra and about a 10-15 minute walk down the hill into town. Great rooftop pool for a mid afternoon escape!

Getting around: Airport bus was €3 pp, took about 35 mins into the main town square. While there we didn’t take any transport – all very walkable.

See/ do:

  • La Alhambra – the huge palace used in the mid-13th century for Islamic royalty. We did a 3hr guided tour through Granavision, well worth booking in advance.
  • Fundación Rodríguez-Acosta – the home of painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta, you’re guided through his five-tiered home, gardens and personal art collection. Amazing views over the city too.
  • Granada Cathedral & Chapel – beautiful Spanish church complex
  • El Bañuelo – 11th century Islamic bathhouses. Free entry (not heaps to see – 10 mins)
  • Archaeological Museum of Granada – small exhibit with lots of great artefacts and excavation finds
  • Casa Museo Max Moreau – house/ museum once inhabited by the Belgian painter Max Moreau, with a gallery of his life & works
  • San Nícolas Church & viewpoint – didn’t actually go into the church, but went up for the awesome viewing platform looking right across to La Alhambra
  • Monasterio de San Jerónimo – beaut old monastery

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Shopping:

  • Alcaicería – shopping streets near the Granada cathedral – touristy wares but cool to wander through
  • Calle Calderería Nueva – shopping streets in the old town, quite touristy but good for souvenirs
  • Oh Oh July Vintage – great vintage clothing store
  • Patio de los perfumes – perfume shop with a museum inside, can make your own scent. Also sells essential oils and skincare.

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Eat/ drink:

  • Los diamantes – has become a huge institution in Granada and there are several in the city. However, the original Diamantes is very local and the food is great. It is probably the most famous bar for local people. No places to sit, just get in and mix with the crowd…the local way.
  • La Tana –  old fashioned tapas bar with amazing choice of wine. Normally very packed but it is a must.
  • L’atelier casa de comidas – one of the greatest discoveries of the last year. It looks like another tapas bar but watch out, the food will surprise you, creative, vibrant and colourful. Ideal if you’re tired of the traditional and you want something fresher.
  • Damasqueros –  a proper restaurant, not tapas. Recommended in the Michelin guide.
  • Bodegas Castañeda is another great tapas bar, big portions and great value for money.
  • Casa Enrique: This bar is one of the oldest in Granada (1870) and it will make you feel that you are back in time (wood barrels and lots of antiquities all around). It doesn’t matter if it is wine or food, everything here is quality.
  • La esquinita de Javi – home of the fried fish, don’t miss it.
  • Rosario Varela – for delish and interesting tapas, awesome vibe
  • Entrebrasas – tapas
  • Principe 17 – tapas
  • Noat coffee
  • Eco de Leite – delish organic gelato
  • Minuit – bakery in the old town

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