Alhambra Tickets  Official website to buy Alhambra tickets online  
 Google Maps  Insert address, see Granada MAP and Granada Satelite photos (in English) 
 El Callejero  Insert address, see Granada MAP also showing metro stations, bus stops, restaurants, and more (in Spanish) 
 Granada City Hall  El Ayuntamiento de Granada official website 
 Granada Tourism  CITY of Granada Tourism official website  
 Granada Tourism  PROVINCE of Granada Tourism official website  
 Granada Tourism  PROVINCE of Granada “Guía oficial de empresas turísticas de Granada” (english/español)  
 CitySightseeing Granada  CitySightseeing Granada, Hop-On Hop-Off touristic Granada bus tour  
 Universidad de Granada  Official website for the University of Granada  
 Wikipedia Granada City  Wikipedia on the city of Granada (in English)  
 Ciudad de Granada Wikipedia  Wikipedia on the city of Granada (en Español)  
 Granada Hoy  Daily newspaper for Granada Province  
 Granada Digital  Daily online newspaper for Granada City & Province  
 Ideal Digital  Daily online newspaper for the provinces of Granada, Jaén, and Almería  
 20minutos: Granada  Daily newspaper for the city of Granada  
 TimeOut: Granada  Famed TimeOut guide to Granada  
 Granada LaNetro  Granada restaurants, bars, tapas, clubs, discos, entertainment (in Spanish) 
 Guía del Ocio  A “What’s On?” website for concerts, theater, movies, art, attractions, restaurants, bars, etc.(in Spanish) 
 AboutGranada  Nice-looking and well-organized informational site about Granada tourism  
 Host Families in Granada   (english version / versión española) Home-Stay accommodations in Granada, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, La Coruña, & Valencia. CHEAP rooms in host-family’s home  
 Granada Homestay   Home-Stay accommodations in Granada  
 The Alhambra!  OFFICIAL website of “El Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife” (english/español)  
 Alhambra.org  UNofficial website of the Alhambra & Generalife  
 El Albaicin  OFFICIAL website of Patronato Municipal Fundación Albaicín – Granada (en español)  
 Andalucia.com: Granada  Andalucia.com’s page on Granada City  
  Granada Links  Large collection of links by GranadaLinks.com (en español)  
 Access-Able:Granada   Wheelchair and handicapped persons will appreciate this informative website dedicated to navigating Granada  
 This Is Spain  LOTS of Information about moving to Spain  
 Jobrapido Trabajo  Busca entre todas las ofertas de trabajo publicadas en la web en España  
 EnlacesTotal  Hostales de Granada Capital: Directorio de Hostales de Granada Capital  

 

Loja

Loja is situated on the western side of the province of Granada, in Andalusia. Bordering to
the north Iznajar (Province of Cordoba), Zagra, Algarinejo and Montefrio; to the south Alfarnate (Province of Malaga), Zafarraya and Alhama; to the east with Huétor-Tájar, Villanueva Mesía and Salar and to the west with Villanueva del Trabuco, Archidona, Villanueva de Algaida y Villanueva de Tapia (Province of Malaga).

Loja was considered the door to the kingdom of Granada, due to its position between two mountain ranges, which appear as strong bastions.

Natural surroundings

Its terrain is rugged and picturesque; in the so-called “Sierras de Loja “(Mountains of Loja), Sierra Gorda represents its highest peak, 1,671 m above sea level. Nevazo, Loma de las Semillas, Leche, Cerro de los Machos, Las Cabras, Cueva
Horadada, Lagunillas, Sopalmillo, Ranchuelo and Pajonares, are very attractive places for hunters, archaeologists and pot-holers. The mountains of North, Hacho and Tiravira tower above the town and from the top you can enjoy a wonderful view the surrounding countryside.

History
Loja, was an old Moorish town, originally known as Medina Lawsa, it was taken by the Christians in 1486 and named “flower among thorns” by the
catholic Queen Isabella. Howeer, its Islamic heritage can be felt whilst wandering in the quarter of the Alcazaba, or fortress. The Christians erected grandiose temples and civil buildings, and, in the 19th century, the Narváez
family embellished the town with palaces and gardens.

Transport

Strategically placed in the heart of Andalusia, it represents an ideal base for exploring the region. Located just by the A-92 motorway, Loja also has a railway station and is just 35 minutes from the airports of Granada and Malaga.

About town
In Loja there are numerous springs such as the one which feeds this fountain, also called Fuente de la Mora or fountain of the Moorish maiden.

The Antigua Casa de Cabildos is a beautiful example of the civil architecture of the 16th century. It is located on the Plaza de la Constitucion and currently houses the public library.

The Alcazaba and Caserón de los Alcaides Cristianos is a 10th century fortified area on a hill in the heart of Loja, which the Christians used to build the Renaissance Caserón de los Alcaides Cristianos inside.

If you want to discover more about Loja’s history, visit the town’s fascinating history museum, Centro de Interpretación Histórico, housed in the attractive 15th-century Antigua Casa de Cabildo, on the Plaza de la Constitución (Tel: 958 321 520).

For further information on the town and the surrounding area, contact the local tourist office, the Patronato del Turismo, in Calle Comedias Tel: 958 323 949.

In the town is a reasonable choice of hotels, including the two-star Hotel Manzanil on Avenida Andalucia (Tel: 958 321 550) and several others along the same street. On the A92 near Loja are a few hotels; by far the most luxurious is the five-star Hotel Bobadilla with creative Andalucían Cuisine in its the “El Cortijo Restaurant”.

A few kilometres outside Loja on the Río Genil are a series of waterfalls that have been designated a protected area, Los Infiernos de Loja Natural Monument, a pleasant shady spot for a riverside picnic.

A possible future protected natural park, the limestone Sierra de Loja, provides a dramatic backdrop to the town, its highest point the Cerro de Santa Lucía at 1,671m.With over 50 caves close to town, caving is popular activity, along with hang-gliding, fishing, hiking and cycling.

 

 

Granada

Alhambra

Address: Calle Real de la Alhambra s/n
Tel: (34) 958 220 912
Price: 13 Euros (Gardens 7 Euros; Discounts students/ elderly)
Day Schedule: All year: 8:30-14:00; Nov-Feb: 14:00 – 18:00; Mar-Oct: 14:00 – 20:00
Night Schedule (Nasrid Palaces only) Nov-Feb: 20:00 – 21:30; Mar-Oct: 22:00 – 23:30
Alhambra 1   Alhambra 2   Alhambra 3   Alhambra 4 
First on the list is of course the Alhambra. Do buy your tickets at least a day in advance (see the below section). Some weekends the tickets are sold out, and some days the best hours are sold out. If you have a short amount of time in Granada and want to make the most out of it then knowing your time in advance will help. Also, you avoid hiking up the hill only to find you can’t enter for another 3 hours. A century ago much of the complex was in ruins, although you would never know it today. In my own divisions, there are 4 main parts of the Alhambra complex as a visitor: the Nasrid Palaces, the general buildings, the Palace of Carlos V and the Generalife. Of all, the Nasrid Palaces may be the most impressive and for this reason entry time is strictly controlled with your ticket purchase. I will add some more information, but I do not plant on becoming the expert source for general history of the Alhambra. Below you will find some links to sites which cover the Alhambra very well. More information on buying your tickets can be found below before visiting the ServiCaixa web site. Go directly to the section selling Alhambra tickets through the following domain: www.alhambra-tickets.es.. You may wish to spend the whole day exploring the Alhambra and recovering from the visit which can be hard on your feet.

Wikipedia: Alhambra
An Excellent Virtual Visit to the Alhambra

 

Purchasing Alhambra tickets

It is highly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance.  There are three types of tickets you can purchase for the Alhambra, the first option listed being the one you porbably want:

  1. Alhambra (includes Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife)
  2. Gardens (Generalife only)
  3. Night visit (Nasrid Palaces only)

Ignore the smart guys in the travel forums who tell you how they just showed up on the same day and purchased tickets with no problem.  Ignore them for several reasons:

  1. They are smug people 😉
  2. They were lucky, and you could be, too.  But how much to do you want to see the Alhambra?  Do you want to risk not seeing it?  That you have to answer for yourself.
  3. They are likely the people who encourage you to “wing it” when travelling, the romantic idea of travel without any reservations or planning.  Fine. This may depend on your idea of what is fun (and adventure), so again something to consider yourself.  Having “winged it” before I have many very interesting stories to tell.  I also have: slept on a cold train station floor in Innsbruck and became very ill; slept on a sketchy park bench in Granada; arrived in a small town in Germany only to find out that EVERY room was booked for a festival and had to catch another train out after 4 hours of looking for a place to stay; Found myself in the dessert in Morocco with two cars, one with a flat tire and the other without gas (tip: siphon gas from car with flat tire and get on your way).  Again, great stories, but if I remember correctly I did not necessarily enjoy myself while these things were happening to me. So, even you enjoy winging it, are you breaking any rules by purchasing a ticket in advance?
  4. How much time do you have in Granada?  Arriving with 24 or 48 hours to see the city and the Alhambra without tickets may leave you without tickets, or a time which is less than ideal, and could interfere with you catching a train or bus, and thus a hotel or hostal reservation in another city.  And with little time on your hands if you want to visit the same day you have to make your way up to the Alhambra and buy tickets, where you may learn your time to visit the Nasrid Palaces is 8 hours later.
  5. Do you know the regional and national holidays well?  Do you know what a “puente” is?  A regional or national holiday could fall on any day of the week.  If it is close to a weekend, then it creates a “puente”, or a long holiday weekend.  Example: a holiday on Tuesday means many people will take off Monday to enjoy a 4 day weekend.  You may think on a Monday there are no problems to get tickets, and then you find out the Monday us part of a puente!  I mention this because in November we did not book in advance and did not get to see the Alhambra because of a regional holiday that had many people visiting Granada.

Now that you are ready (or not) to purchase tickets remember they can only be purchased a maximum of 90 days in advance. If it is not too early follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to the page www.alhambratickets.es/  At the top of the page there is an option for English.
  2. Select General Visit to the Alhambra and Generalife, then select the day you want to visit.
  3. Select a “Time Band” for when you want to visit.  Selecting this will decide the time range for which you will have to enter into the Nasrid Palaces.  However, you are free to enter the other parts of the Alhambra and Generalife before and after.  For example, if you choose the morning slot you can visit other parts of the complex before your scheduled entry time to eh Nasrid Palaces, then visit the rest after your entry.  Just because the morning time states until 14:00 does not mean you have to leave the Alhambra at that time.  So relax and only worry about entering the Nasrid Palaces on time.  If you are presented with only one time band, it is because the remaining time bands are sold out.  Scroll down to select the number and type of tickets.  On the web site there is a maximum of 10 tickets per order.
  4. On the following page you enter your payment information.  To the right is a summary of your order, including (in red) the time for your entrance into the Nasrid Palaces.  Some important notes at this stage:
    • If you do not like the time given, you can go back and start the process over and see what entrance time is assigned to you (repeat steps 1,2 and 3 above).  If there are not many tickets left for your day or time band, there is a risk of it selling out when you do this!
    • Make sure the credit card used will: 1) Not expire before the date of your arrival and 2) Be one of the cards you travel to Spain/Granada with.  In order to pick up your tickets in the machines at the Alhambra, you must use the same card.  Especially pay attention to 1) above.  If your card expires before you arrive you may (mistakenly) think you would be ok by bringing the new card your credit card company has issued you since your card expired.  The machines need the exact same card, so your new card with your new expiry date will not work to pick up the tickets!
    • Make sure the dates and summary are correct, and that you are certain you will be in Granada.  There are no refunds once purchased unless you refute the charge with your credit card company.   The charge will go through almost immediately.
    • Make sure you are using a computer where you can print the confirmation page.  You will not receive an email confirmation.

So if you prepared then enter your personal and payment information, and click “Continue”.

  1. You will see confirmation page with a summary and reference numbers.  PRINT THIS PAGE!  As mentioned above, you will not receive a confirmation email.

In other cases: Say you have arrived in Granada and did not buy tickets.  Perhaps you’re flying by the seat of your pants, or maybe by chance you have just stopped off in Granada.  The day before your arrival you can purchase tickets at any ServiCaixa machine.  If you have problems making the transaction you can, in some branches of La Caixa, purchase within the bank.  Same day tickets have to be purchased at the Alhambra.  Remember you may be able to visit just the Generalife if you cannot get entrance into the Nasrid Palaces.

Albayzin

Twilight: Albayzin and Sacromonte

The Albayzin and Sacromonte quarters are both World Heritage sites. Two of the most charming and colourfull areas in Granada with lots of history. Stroll through the Albayzin at sunset, Minimun Booking: 2 people. Duration: 2,15 hours approximately. Starting Time: Daily.   – April, May, August, September and October: 7:30 pm. – June, July: 8:30 pm. – November, December, January, Febrary and March. 6:00 pm.  Meeting Point: Kiosk “PuntoEncuentro / MeetingPoint” Plaza Bib-Rambla (green & white kiosk placed in the closest corner to the Cathedral). Comfortable shoes…

 

The Cathedral

Cathedral – royal chapel

The impressive cathedral took around 180 years to build and was finished in 1704. You can see the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs Isabel and Fernando, King Felipe and Queen Juana in the Royal Chapel.

Both the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel are in the centre of Granada so you can combine your visit with shopping (Calle Recogidas, Calle Mesones, etc.) or a walk around the city centre, taking in the Coral de Carbon, Plaza Bib Rambla, Plaza Nueva.

Arab Baths

There are two types of Arab baths in Granada: the traditional, authentic Arab baths or Bañuelo or the more modern replicas of the traditional Arab steam baths.

There are various old bañuelos in Granada that you can visit and the most important ones are in Carera del Darro which date back to the 11th century and in Calle Real up in the Alhambra.

The more modern versions have recently become very popular and so as not to be disappointed, it’s a good idea to book in advance. There are currently two Arab baths (or Turkish or hammam baths, as they are also known) in Granada, and both provide quiromassages and aromatherapy treatments and various rooms with different temperature pools: Aljibe de San Miguel and Hammam Al Andalus

As far back as Roman times, the baths were an extremely important part of daily life. As well as serving a social purpose where people could meet up with friends or business associates, the baths also provided a peaceful place for cleansing and relaxation. The buildings are also of architectural interest with their star-shaped openings in the ceilings to let in the light and arched supports.

Although the aristocracy and royalty would often have baths in their own mansions and palaces, the rest of society would use the public baths with their barbers, hairdressers, make-up artists and masseurs.

For the Arabs in Moorish times, personal hygiene and cleanliness was and still is extremely important and they believed water to be a symbol of purity. The Christians, on the other hand, believed this use of water to be wasteful and in the years following the reconquest knocked down most of the Arab baths in Spain.

re are plenty of places to see flamenco in Granada. Some include a meal, others a drink and tapa and others only a drink. It’s a good idea to see what is on offer before you come and book tickets in advance.

Introduction

Keep in mind flamenco is a genre, with many variations and types, some subtle and some very different. “New flamenco”, “flamenco-fusion”, and “flamenco-rock” are just a few of the contemporary sub-genres, and show how world and pop music have blended their way into a traditional genre. The variations of the traditional styles are the result of regional and international influences, and at times folk dance. The more contemporary sub-genres aside, there exist many types of traditional flamenco which I have listed below. The last style on the list, Zambra, is quite popular in the cuevas (caves) in the Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada.

Alegrías
Bulerías
Cantiñas
Caña y Polo
Caracoles
Colombiana
Fandango
Granaína
Guajira
Jaleos
Malagueña
Martinete
Mirabrás
Romance
Rumba
Seguirilla
Sevillanas
Soleá
Tangos
Tanguillos
Taranto
Tientos
Verdiales
Zambra

It could take a while to describe all of these, and while I enjoy flamenco I would do you and everyone else a great disservice should I try to explain all of these in technical terms. I will mention that Zambra is typically a family affair. So I send you to this section on esflamenco.com, where you can read more. Pay special attention to the list like mine above, but with links to explanations of each which covers the specifics of dancing, music, and timing.

 

Flamenco shows in Granada

The prices are not necessarily cheap for enjoying flamenco. While some people and guide books comment on these as tourist traps there is plenty to enjoy – for a price. Some of the venues offer dinner and a show, while other packages include a dinner in one location and the show in another. Some differences from the shows in Seville: 1) Several venues are caves (cuevas) which is perhaps a more interesting setting. 2) The Zambra style of the flamenco is typical in the caves, which is often performed by several members of the same family. 3) Transport as well as a short tour of the Albaicin are common options for ticket packages.

Featured Flamenco Shows in Granada:

Venta El Gallo
Barranco de los Negros, 5. Sacromonte
Reservations at: www.flamencotickets.com
Venta el Gallo also offers a similar show as the Cueva de Maria La Canastera and La Cueva el Rocio, although in a larger venue and with the option of dinner. As with the other venues in Sacromonte, ticket packages include transport, tour of the Albaicin and the show with drink (or dinner).

 

Tablao Flamenco Albaicín
Ctra. Murcia s/n. Mirador San Cristóbal
Reservations at: www.flamencotickets.com
Located at the top of the Albaicin close to the Mirador de San Cristobal, the setting is a traditonal tablao in contrast to the caves in Sacromonte, and similar to many of the venues in Seville.
The show with drink also includes a short tour of the surrounding neighborhood.

 

Los Jardines de Zoraya
Calle Panaderos, 32
Reservations at: www.flamencotickets.com
Located in the Albaicin quarter, this restaurant offers nightly flamenco shows. There is a large bar and dining area as well as a very nice outdoor terrace, especially good for warmer months. The two shows are shorter than many of the caves, but the prices are a less expensive.

 

More flamneco shows in Granada:

Los Tarantos
Camino del Sacromonte, 9
Tel: (+34) 958 224 525
Web: www.cuevaslostarantos.com
Typical ticket packages include dinner next to the Plaza de Toros, a walk through the Albaicin and then the show with a drink.

Sala Vimaambi 
Cuesta de San Gregorio, 30
Tel: (+34) 958 22 73 34
Web: www.vimaambi.com
Sala Vimaambi was founder in the early 1990’s by a group of artists and musicians, offering exhibition space and workshops. There are also weekend flamenco performances (with the option of course of a tour of the Albaicin) with different performers. The space always features changing local and national art exhibits, making this a different style of venue to take in a flamenco show.

Cueva de María la Canastera
Camino del Sacromonte 89
Tel: (+34) 958 121 183
Another of the most popular venues in Sacromonte is La Cueva de Maria la Canastera. Much like Cueva La Rocio there are plenty of famous guests whose photos are displayed prominently on the walls. Ticket packages are similar, including transport, a tour of the Albaicin and the show with drink.

Cueva La Rocío
Camino del Sacromonte, 70
Tel: (+34) 958 227 129
Perhaps the most well known, La Rocio can boast a long list of famous visitors. The seating and show arrangement gives everyone a good seat in what is a an excellent performance. Ticket packages include transport from the hotel, a tour of the Albaicin and the show with a drink. Or you can skip the tour and opt for the show and drink only.

Restaurants

 

Antigua Bodega Castañeda

Calle Elvira 5
We enjoyed eating at Antigua Bodega Castañeda on calle Elvira. There are actually two Castañedas on parallel streets, Calle Elvira and Calle Almireceros, of course owned by the same people. We ate at the less popular one simply because the other was packed. Then went back the next night early for the location on Calle Almireceros. Both are excellent. Especially recommended are the assorted cheese or meat plates.

Bar Casa Julio

Calle Hermosa (Plaza Nueva)
A tiny place just off of Calle Elvira, we especially enjoyed the boquerones, little fried fish which are simply excellent when prepared correctly.

Los Diamantes

Calle Navas 28
From the outside it seems there is nothing special about this place. But you only have to pass by the bar at the height of lunch or dinner service to see there is indeed something special going on! I say it for a lot of tapas bars, but for Los Diamantes you must get there early. If you don’t at least the waiters are very good at helping you order over the heads of other customers. This is likely the best tapas bar in Granada for pescatio frito (fried fish). Some recommendations:

  • Boquerones (little fried fish)
  • Gambas rebozadas (batter fried shrimp)
  • Don’t shy away from anything else on the menu

Bar Oliver

Plaza de la Pescadería 12
I highly recommend for tapas although you must get there early. Bar Oliver is located in a nice plaza a few minutes from the Cathedral. You’ll find a few standing only tables outside and there’s more room inside but again, it fills up quick. While I like this place a lot it can be hit and miss depending on the tapas coming out of the kitchen at the moment. But this could be said for many places in Granada: when tapas are free you don’t often get to choose! Some good tapas:

  • Berenjenas con miel (Eggplant with honey)
  • Croquettas (Croquettes)
  • Mejillones rellenos

(Stuffed mussells)

  • Just about any of the fish dishes!

Cunini

Plaza de la Pescadería 14 – Web
Another place which fills up quick. Just next door to Bar Oliver with a very long bar and perhaps a little more space then it’s neighbor Bar Oliver, although you’d never know it when it’s busy. A variety of tapas come out of the kitchen during the evening, although a few times we were unlucky in what we were served, having just missed the last round of something more delicious looking. There is also a small dining room in the back should you choose to sit down (no tapas of course in the dining room).

El Tabernaculo

Calle Navas
With a name like El Tabernaculo, it is no surprise that the walls are covered with photos of Semana Santa and items from every cofrade (bortherhood) in the city. With a small bar and low ceilings, this bar either seems cramped or cozy, depending on your point of view. Small tapas come with every drink and chage often. I like the edge of the bar closest to the exit where it’s easy to catch the bartenders when I want a refill!

Borsalino

Calle Curro Cuchares
A quirky little bar but definitely worth a visit. Beer is typically served in botellines, or little bottles instead of on tap. Tapas are also different: instead of being served with your drink you can sit back and wait for Antonio, the bars owner, to come around with a tray of different and delicious treats. The staff always seem to be friendly and with good food and cheap prices it’s hard to find a better place in Granada. Recommended:

  • Chipirones a la plancha (Grilled Squid)
  • Pechuga de pollo a la plancha (Grilled chicken breast)
  • Ensaladas (Salads)

Restaurante Corrala del Carbon

Calle Mariana Pineda 8
Just a few steps away from the the recently renovated monument, the Corral del Carbon, this restaurant offers a lot of atmopsphere. In the front, a wonderful tapas bar with stone floors and plenty of memorabilia on the walls. In the back is the dining area in a small and typically decorated patio. I am a fan of just about anything which comes off the grill, but the salads and other starters are exceellent as well.

Restaurante Balcón del Genil

Calle Luxemburgo 32, Huétor Vega (Province of Granada) – Web
For lunch one day we headed to a small town, Huetor Vega, to eat at Restaurante Balcón del Genil. You will need a car and need to look up directions to arrive, as it is perched on a hill just outside the pueblo. The restaurant has seating for what seems like a thousand people, with view of the valley below. At one time it was a small place, almost a shack. Now it has several floors a large terrace and a patio when it’s warm. Order anything – I do mean anything – and it will be good. We opted for various cuts of solomillo in different sauces. Add to that a few dishes to start, dessert and a shot of orujo and we left very satisfied.

Los Italianos (ice cream)

Gran Vía 4
Los Italianos is to Granada what Rayas is to Seville. If you know neither then this last sentence might was well have been in Chinese. Like any good ice cream place in Spain, this one is a seasonal operation and open in the warm weather months, when you will often find the place to be packed. This is the best ice cream in Granada and while it’s best if eaten when served you can also take it home.

Shopping

Shopping in Granada is made easy because the main shopping district is located within the historic center.  Granada also may be one of the best cities in Spain to purchase items from Morocco and other parts of Africa.  May of the typical tourist items – tea sets, tapestries, leather goods, clothing, rugs – are generally cheaper in Granada than they are in the nearby cities of Seville, Malaga and Cordoba.  Still, you have to find the right places – some stores are particularly expensive, with tourist prices!  If you are searching for these types of items of course Morocco is where you will find the best prices.  Granada is not just about tourist gifts, and you will find plenty of other stores in the main shopping district.

 

Store hours

Horario de las tiendas

Stores generally close for siesta time, but are open from 10:00 – 14:00 in the mornings and then again in the afternoon from 17:00 – 20:00. Some may keep their doors open until 21:00.  El Corte Inglés, the giant Spanish department store with just about everything you could imagine, is open all day from 10am-10pm. A few stores may be open all day as well, generally they a few chain supermarkets, smaller neighborhood grocers, tourist shops and some clothing stores.  Opencor, owned by El Corte Inglés, is open 365 days a year although it closes around 2am.

Sales

Rebajas

While most shops always have something on sale, there are two official sales periods:  January after the holidays and then July-August.  These periods were carefully selected to 1) get rid of overstock after the holidays or before the fall season and 2) boost retail sales in times which are generally weak.  It is hard to miss the sales if you are in town, as everyone will have a sign indicating “Rebajas”. This is a very popular time to shop, and the first few days always have a few special offers which get people up early in the morning.

Granada’s Shopping District

Tiendas del centro

For clothing and accessories the best street may be Calle Mesones, where there are a number of recognizable stores and brands.  Reyes Catolicos and Via de Colon also have a number of stores.  While under Muslim rule, the Calle Zacatín was the location of a textile market, and still is known for clothing and fabrics.  As with any shopping district, it is always interesting to wander from street to street to see what there is to offer.  For more window shopping, try the Calles San Antón, Recogidas , Alhóndiga and Puentezuelas.  Mixed in with the retailers are smaller family owned stores (electric supplies, an occasional cobbler) as well as a few cafes and bars where you can rest your legs and enjoy a beer or coffee.

The Alcaicería

La Alcaicería

Those visiting the Capilla Real and the Catedral will have a hard time missing the Alcaicería, a former Nasrid silk market.  While a fire destroyed the original market in the middle of the 19th century, it was rebuilt and is now the home of many smaller shops selling plenty of tourist items.  Ceramics, t-shirts, and silver goods are a few examples.  There is also a section of items from typical of the origins of the market – textiles, leather bags, tea sets, lamps, hookas and more. The market is a series of narrow pedestrian streets between the Cathedral and Reyes Catolicos, reaching the Plaza Bib Rambla.

Calderería Nueva Street

La Calle Calderería Nueva

The Calle Calderería Nueva is a narrow street starting close to the Plaza Nueva, holding tourist shops, numerous tea houses, a few restaurants and other small merchants typical of the times of the Arab quarter.  This is one of the most charming shopping streets in the city and there are some similarities to the typical streets one might find in a medina in Morroco. While it’s not close to the scope of the medinas in Morocco and other countries, you can find a wide variety of goods, ceramics, rugs, clothing, lamps, furniture, spices, teas, a bakery or two, and more. This is also the most popular starting point to make your way to the upper section of the Albaicin neighborhood.

El Corte Inglés

El Corte Inglés

El Corte Inglés is the place to go if you need several items, or if you are having a hard time locating a specific item. This is because the department store has just about everything: clothes, furniture, grocery store (with many hard to find food items), travel agents, tobacco shop, jewelry, electronics, cameras, computers, tourist items, leather, hardware, perfume, toiletries, barber, cafe, optician…the list goes on and on. The most central location is in the historic center on Carrera Genil, a very easy walk from the major monuments, etc.

 

Opencor

Opencor

Owned by El Corte Ingles, this is open 18 hours a day (generally closing at 2am), 365 days a year and offers a small selection of items from El Corte Ingles: supermarket, bakery, magazines, videos games, gifts and other items.  The prices are of course higher, as you pay for the conveneice of a store which is open almost all of the time. It can also be a lifesaver when you can’t find anything else close by.  The location in Granada closest to the center is on Paseo de la Bomba, not too far from the main tourist attractions and neighborhoods.

The Alcaicería

Address: Calle Oficio and surrounding streets to Plaza Bib Rambla.
Alcaicería 
Those visiting the Capilla Real and the Catedral will have a hard time missing the Alcaicería, a former Nasrid silk market.  While a fire destroyed the original market in the middle of the 19th century, it was rebuilt and is now the home of many smaller shops selling plenty of tourist items.  Ceramics, t-shirts, and silver goods are a few examples.  There is also a section of items from typical of the origins of the market – textiles, leather bags, tea sets, lamps, hookas and more. The market is a series of narrow pedestrian streets between the Cathedral and Reyes Catolicos, reaching the Plaza Bib Rambla.

 

Granada Tourist Office

Oficina de turismo

The first stop should always be the tourist office, where you can get free maps as well as information on the sights, exhibits and cultural events. Granada’s most centrally located office is run by the Junta de Andalucia (regional goverment) and is just off Plaza Nueva in Calle Santa Ana. This covers mainly the city of Granada. There are also offices run by the city goverment (further outside the center) and the Diputación de Granada (Granada province and city). All have good web sites which I have listed below.

Tourist Office (Granada City)
Calle Santa Ana, 4 (Plaza de Santa Ana)
Tel: (34) 958 228 157
web: andalucia.org

Tourist Office (Granada City and Province)
Plaza Mariana Pineda, 10
Tel: (34) 958 247 128
web: turismodegranada.org

Tourist Office (City, run by city Goverment)
Calle Virgen Blanca 9
Tel: (34) 902 405 045
web: granadatur.com