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Granada

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About Granada

Enshrined in medieval history, edgy Granada is unlike anywhere else you're likely to visit in Spain. With stunning Moorish architecture, narrow streets, and graffiti juxtaposed against grandiose buildings, this is a city of intriguing contradictions. Put down the guide book and allow intuition to lead you through Granada - you never know what you'll find.

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Hotels in Granada

If you can afford it, the Hospes Palacio de los Patos is considered the best hotel in Granada. This grand Unesco-protected building has gorgeous features, from its chandeliers to its spa to the Arabian Garden - and fabulous service too. For more no-frills accommodation, Hotel Párraga Siete offers small modern rooms and a sleek downstairs bar. Meanwhile, the mid-range Santa Isabel La Real is authentic and gorgeous. Ask for room 11 for its stunning Alhambra view.

Shopping in Granada

There are a range of shopping options available to you in Granada. If you are looking for traditional Granadino handcrafts, such as pottery, jewellery, clothes and shoes, souvenirs and furniture, try Albayzín, Fajalauza Ceramica or Alcaicería. For clothes shopping head to the streets leading from Puerta Real, the department store El Corte Inglés or to the Centro Comercial Nevada shopping centre in Armilla.

For food, there are a number of markets selling fruit, vegetables, meat and cheeses, as well as olive oils and wines. Try the San Agustín market, Plaza Larga market or the Zaidin market.

Food & Drink in Granada

You can't talk about Granada without talking about tapas. But, like its cousin Seville, here you'll find something a little bit different than the usual offerings. At Carmela, you'll find creative dishes such as made-to-order tortilla and cured ham croquettes - guaranteed to make your mouth water. Meanwhile, at Chikito the tapas speciality is snails, with the adjacent restaurant offering more hearty options such as oxtail stew and pork medallions.

Semana Santa

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Semana Santa (Easter Week) is one of the most important events in the Spain's religious calendar. During this week there are more than 30 processions (known as Pasos) taking place, each arranged by a different Catholic brotherhood. The procession held on Wednesday evening known as el Cristo de los Gitanos, follows a route up the Cuesta Chapiz to the Sacromonte Abbey. The procession is lit by bonfire and ends in the early hours of the morning.

Events in Granada

Feria del Corpus Christi

Spring

Held 60 days after Easter, Feria del Corpus Christi is one of the most lavish of Andalucía's Corpus Christi celebrations. It involves lots of dancing and parades, but visitors should be warned it also includes bullfights.

Festival Internacional de Música y Danza

June/July

Classical and modern musical performances are staged at the Alhambra and other historical sites across Granada. The festival takes place over three weeks in June and July.

Día de la Cruz

May
Taking place on the 3rd of May, Día de la Cruz (Day of the Cross) is a religious festival celebrated across Granada. The streets are filled with decorated crosses, there are performances and dance shows and a lively, festive ambience.

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Language:Spanish
Currency:Euro
Time zone:UTC +1
Flight time:3 hours
Airport code:GRX
Holiday type:Discovery / Sightseeing / Summer Sun

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