120 Hours in Granada, Spain
The city vibrates with influences from Arabic, Jewish, Spanish, and gypsy Romanian decent but like any modern city many have migrated from all over the world bringing their culture’s cuisine along with them. If you’re looking to travel cheap and consume lots of beer Spain is undoubtedly the perfect place to visit being that every drink is accompanied by a tapas (side snack of cured ham, cheese, fried seafood, or meats in stew smothered over French fries). As long as you’re drinking you will never go hungry. I had visited for 120 hours and left with a memorable experience. There is nothing like a city that although is extremely popular in tourism stays true to its culture as the city paints it onto its food, architecture, spirit, and people.
Los Italianos Heladería
Calle Gran Vía de Colón, 4, 18001 Granada, Spain
This place is the first thing you should do when you arrive. It’s located in a traffic packed central plaza in Granada, across the street from the backside of The Cathedral. For just 3 euros you can’t get what they call a Capricho—a cone stuffed with about six different scoops of the ice cream flavors that are soon to be changed out—an ice cream bomb explosion in your mouth. I don’t know the secret in the base for their ice cream but it’s the reason behind the consistent richness and pungent taste in all the flavors offered. Staff is super friendly and one scoop is just one euro if you’re not into stuffing your face with six flavors.
*Michelle Obama had ice cream here with her daughters.
The Sacromonte Neighborhood
Near Rio Darro—Keep walking up the cobble stones.
Visit Sacromonte at night. The fun begins as the streets fill up with local folks desiring to watch a flamenco show and eat tapas alongside a glass of wine. The Sacromonte neighborhood is a mountain of cave “dive bars” in which gypsy flamenco music is played and dancers are dressed to entertain your night away. Walking around this neighborhood also gives you great view of The Alhambra at night and during the day. The C2 bus near the central plaza takes you straight to the caves, just request the stop with the bus driver.
Between Plaza Nueva and Plaza Bib-Rambla
If you’re looking for knick-knacks and souvenirs to take home this would a place worth stopping by. Located near the rear of The Cathedral it is a place where you can buy an assortment of exotic teas, spices, leather wallets, and cheap cool Arabic inspired jewelry. The vendors are not aggressive in the way most street market vendors can be. They are also not too big on bargaining but give it a try anyway.
Plaza de Andalucía, 4 Edf. Cetursa – 18196 Sierra Nevada – Granada –
The Sierra Nevada is both beautiful in the summer and winter and a moderately cheap place to Ski and snowboard compared to ski resorts in the U.S. Rentals start at just 9 euros but if such activities are not your thing just climb onto the cableway for 5 euros. Soak up the great views higher up the mountain and enjoy the local restaurants serving hot chocolate and churros.
Seafood Tapas For Days
Seafood is extremely cheap in Granada, Spain. Tapas can range from 3 to 6 euros for a decent plate of fried fish, octopus, or calamari.
Feast At A Mediterranean Restaurant
Don’t leave Granada without having a decent plate of Mediterranean food. Couscous, chicken simmered in spices and raisin all oven-cooked in a clay pot is a must. Most of these restaurants are found near The Alcaicería. There would mostly likely be expeditors outside trying to lure you in for some dinner and hookah.
Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
No need to explain why you should visit this palace. It is one of the most visited historical places in the world.