Granada, Spain – Alhambra, Barrio Arabe, Tapas

  • El Albayzín (barrio árabe).
El Albayzín (barrio árabe)
El Albayzín (barrio árabe)
  • Narrow streets, great place to walk and check spectacular city views:
Narrow streets, great place to walk and check spectacular city views
Narrow streets, great place to walk and check spectacular city views

There are still security warnings for this area, so take this into account.

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  • Alhambra – make sure to buy a ticket 1 week before the visit.
Alhambra - Granada - Spain
Alhambra – Granada – Spain

You can bought it in ServiCaja bank machines that supports selling of tickets. If bought using Internet you might need an assistance to print your ticket with ServiCaja machine. The key point which is not really clear is that you need to insert the bank card that you used to buy your ticket in the ServiCaja bank machine first. Then follow instructions on the screen.

  • Cathedral and chapel – worth paying 3 euro for each. Centrally located, on the northern side of the cathedral you’ll find bus stops to go to the Alhambra.

Transport: use small buses that cost 1,2 euro to get to Alhambra and back. For other points its better just to walk. Make sure you take taxi if return from Sacromonte after flamenco show.

Accommodation: one extremely cheap and well located option is Hostal Nevot, which actually is a 2 start hotel just 8 minutes walk to Cathedral with private parking (or you can also park in the street). You’ll sleep with more comfort there if you have earplugs.

Tapas and cafe: avoid Plaza Nueva (prices might be specified without taxes and some standard tourists tricks are used there, as for instance not including bread price in the day menu price).

  • For good options (=free tapas) go to the “Elvira” street (if go from Cathedral you need to cross Grand Via and Elvira is parallel to Gran Via.
  • There are some restaurants (one next to Caixa, which is in front of Cathedral) under the brand name “La Bella y la Bestia” – great place with good prices as well. For tea and cheap food go from Elvira up to the Albayzin.
  • For drinks in the evening: Plaza de la Trinidad, Plaza de Derecho.