As I mentioned in a previous post, this August we went to Granada for a couple of days. When I was looking for accommodation there, I was surprised that since August prices were not very expensive. I found some hotels and pensions in the center that cost about 30 euros a night, but after a good thought I decided that the best thing was a hotel that was not in the center to be able to park the car on the street and that had a pool to cool off during nap hours He Hotel that perfectly fulfilled these two requirements was the Maciá Real de la Alhambra Hotel (4 *). The hotel, which is very modern, is on the outskirts of the city and a five-minute drive from the Alhambra. The triple room cost us 70 euros a night without breakfast and the hotel offered a convertible coach that took you downtown at 10.55 a.m. and brought you back at 12.55 a.m. In Granada we spent two days and basically one of us spent walking through the city and the Alhambra and the other doing a small excursion through the Alpujarra.
The sunset over the Alhambra seen from the San Nicolás viewpoint.
Eating in Granada is cheap, basically because when you ask for something to drink (it doesn't have to be an alcoholic drink) they give you a lid that is so big that you almost eat with a couple of drinks. Since I had family there, my brother took me to bars that he knew and were fine. We were at the Ecu brewery (Paseo Emperor Carlos V, s / n) in the Zaidín neighborhood, where they gave us a hamburger sandwich with fried egg and a bacon sandwich with lettuce.
The city has a lot of charm, especially the Albaicín neighborhood (you have to get lost walking there) with the street of the tea shops (which this time seemed much more expensive than the previous time I went to Granada) and the San Nicolás viewpoint , where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Alhambra. Next to the viewpoint is the Great Mosque of Granada, which also has a viewpoint, but it closes at 9 pm and we could not enter (it is pending for next time). We must also highlight the surroundings of the Bib-rambla square, which are full of shops with products from any souk in North Africa. Although that area has a lot of charm, the truth is that it left me a little cold, because honestly, and I hope this does not sound bad, do not misunderstand me, it is good to remember the Arab past of the city but without forgetting the present. Sometimes I felt that I was not in Granada but in another city.
The next day we went to the Alhambra. The Alhambra is undoubtedly the most important claim in Granada and is simply spectacular. Tickets must be purchased in advance, since at the box office they only sell a small number of tickets for the same day. We bought them via Servicaixa and two weeks before there were no tickets left in the morning, and as the heat squeezes a lot in the afternoon, we buy them to enter the Nasrid palaces at 6 in the afternoon. ERROR CROSS! Because the Alhambra closes at 8 pm and in two hours it is totally impossible to see everything. At least 4 hours are necessary.