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Stunningly beautiful, luxurious and naive – Granada, Spain

Granada is rich with history and spectacular architecture dating back to the Moors and Romans thousands of years ago. It’s always been a city at a crossroads, where culture and ideas from North Africa and Europe collide.

City has many museums, monuments and statues worth seeing and exploring, which are perfect for the budget-minded traveler.

Granada is a unique mix of cultures, the food is amazing, the architecture stunning, and the energy unlike anywhere else in the country.

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Staying costs

  • Hostels are cheap and plentiful here and dorm rooms average 12-22 EUR a night. Private double rooms are around 25-50 EUR. Free WiFi is standard, and many hostels also include free breakfast.
  • Most budget hotels start at 45-70 EUR for a double room. Even in the budget range there are many nice hotels available. Make sure you read the reviews before you book. Airbnb is a great budget option in the city, with shard accommodations going for as little as 20 EUR per night. For an entire private home/apartment on Airbnb, expect to pay around 70 EUR.

Transportation

Bus rides typically cost 1.20 € each way and can take you wherever you need to go within city limits. You can buy travel bus cards for 5, 10, or 20 EUR, which will cut down the cost per individual ride. Granada is smaller-sized city, so you wont have too much trouble walking most places during your stay.

Top sights

  • The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture. The 14th-century Palacios Nazaríes, are among the finest Islamic buildings in Europe and, together with the gorgeous Generalife gardens, form the Alhambra’s great headline act. (As one of Spain’s most high-profile attractions, the Alhambra can draw up to 6000 daily visitors. Tickets sell out quickly so to avoid disappointment it pays to book ahead, either online or by phone. Note that when you buy a ticket you’ll be given a time to enter the Palacios Nazaríes, admission to which is strictly controlled). 
  • Capilla Real – The Royal Chapel is the last resting place of Spain’s Reyes Católicos (Catholic Monarchs), Isabel I de Castilla (1451–1504) and Fernando II de Aragón (1452–1516), who commissioned the elaborate Isabelline-Gothic-style mausoleum that was to house them. The sacristy contains a small but impressive museum, with Fernando’s sword and Isabel’s sceptre, silver crown and personal art collection.
  • Granada’s street art – Most people come here to see the Alhambra, but the city also hides a surrealistic street art scene. Drawing on cultural traditions first fostered by Andalucían poet, Federico Lorca, and abstract expressionist painter, José Guerrero.

Granada’s street art

Granada’s most ubiquitous street artist is Raúl Ruiz better known as El Niño de las Pinturas whose instantly recognizable murals brighten streets, walls and businesses all around the city. The biggest concentration is in the Realejo quarter.

Granada is a unique mix of cultures, the food is amazing, the architecture stunning, and the energy unlike anywhere else in the country.

Source: Nick Energy, Wiki travel, Lonelyplanet, Nomadicmatt.

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