Visiting Granada – Free and Cheap Ways To See The City
Here’s another instalment written by expert bloggers on cities in Spain. They’ll be offering you their insider knowledge on where to visit without breaking the bank and how to enjoy your mini-break in the Spanish city they call home.
Molly Sears-Piccavey lives in Granada – read what she has to say about this city full of history.
Granada is renowned for its free tapas. They’re served when buying a drink in one of the bars around the city. Most places offer you a free snack when you order beer, wine or a soft drink. However you will only pay for the cost of the drink itself.
That is not the only thing you´ll get for free in Granada. Here are fifteen activities to enjoy in Granada.. ¡gratis!
- On Paseo de los Tristes, just up from Plaza Nueva, you´ll find an 11th century Arab bathhouse called the Bañuelo. This is free to visit. They will ask you from which country you come from for their tourist statistics when you go into the monument. This is one of the oldest Muslim buildings remaining in Granada. Open from 10am to 2pm, Tues-Fri at Carrera del Darro, 31
- Museum Casa de los Tiros is on Calle Pavaneras, in the Realejo quarter. They have permanent and temporary exhibitions of historical items relating to the city of Granada. The highlight of visiting this building is the intricate wooden ceiling of the Golden room or Cuarto Dorado. The decorative ceiling features faces of Trojan Heroes.
- Free entrance to the Alhambra Museum. Walk up to the Alhambra along Cuesta de los Chinos. Head up to the Palacio Carlos V. Inside here to the right you will find the Museum of the Alhambra. Entrance is free and you can find out more at the Alhambra Museum website.
- Regardless of it being free or not you must see the view from the Mirador de San Nicolas. Walk up the hill to the Albaicin area. Find a spot on the wall or if you’re lucky get a bench and watch the sun go down on the Alhambra palace, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and on the city itself below. The Sunset over Granada, priceless and was described by Bill Clinton as the most beautiful sunset he’d seen in the world.
- One of my personal favourites is the Corrala de Carbon. This monument is located behind the Granada town hall, just off Reyes Catolicos. It was built in 1336, it is the only remaining caravanserai left in Spain. The caravansei is an inn built around a large court for accommodating merchants and their caravans along international trade routes. The lower part of the building would have been for storage of goods and animals. Whereas the upper part is where the merchants quarters were. No charges to enter this historic space and imagine the trading done here all those years ago.
- In Granada there are three tourist information offices with lots of free leaflets, a map of the city and plenty of advice on offer if you need it. Find offices at Mariana Pineda Square and Plaza Nueva (Calle Santa Ana) or on the Virgen Blanca street (near Neptuno & Garcia Lorca park). The office at Virgen Blanca gives you information about Granada province too.
- There are also several free magazines that you can pick up in bars, shops and restaurants around the city. The Sentinella is in English and has information about the Costa Tropical and Granada. La Balconada is mainly in Spanish with information about the Valley of Lecrin, Durcal and surrounding area. The Pocket Guia & Guia Go are more about Granada city and although are in Spanish times and places are easy to follow if you don’t speak the lingo.
- There are many Churches in Granada which have no cost to go into. Some of them have wonderful architectural features and altar decorations. Many of the churches in the city today were originally mosques and were redesigned after the year 1492 by the Catholic Kings. The 17th San Anton Church has just completed a restoration project and looks great after the time invested carefully restoring the exterior walls. (Located on Calle San Anton where it meets with Recogidas).
- More and more Free Internet Wifi is being offered in hotels and restaurants. Do ask if you check in to a Hotel what their policy is. Also keep your eyes peeled for the typical black and white WIFI sign on the windows of different places you visit. Some newspaper kiosks in Granada also have this available.
- If you are learning Spanish, or want to learn English, you might want to participate in Language exchange evenings. The activity is free and if you buy a drink you get a delicious free tapa too. Casa Lopez Correa do one on Monday nights (Calle Molinos 4, in Realejo district) although there are others too.
- Hiking around the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra trails is free, although you may need a car or bus to get there initially from Granada. Get route information and more details from Tourist Information in Granada.
- Taking photos of the wonderful city of Granada is free.
- Drinking the water from the Sierra Nevada mountains is too. Find one of the many fountains dotted around the city.
- In Granada each week new exhibitions are opened in the city in the different museums and buildings. You´ll often find that many are free. Check information in local newspapers as they often publish information the day before something new opens.
- The travel game ´Spot the pomegranate´ is also free to do in Granada. All you need is to be able to walk around the streets of Granada and see the pomegranates everywhere! Just like I-Spy just for Granada ; )
Molly was born in Robin Hood country, a village in Nottinghamshire UK, but has been living in Spain since 1998; initially in Barcelona but now in Granada, Andalusia.
Molly works in Communication and PR in the technology sector and in her spare time blogs, tweets, reads and listens to Podcasts. Molly speaks fluent Spanish and English along with some French and Catalan.
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