Granada, Spain - social, Tinto de Verano, tapas, architecture
Granada has so much art and architecture, with sunshine nearly all year round, and loads of bars to take your fancy - I couldn’t have asked for better! One place you have to visit is the Alhambra, an enchanting structure of Hispano-Moorish art, historic palaces and breathtaking views over el barrio del Albaicín and over the city. Book a visit in advance as entry tickets do tend to run out very quickly! You should also go to the old Moorish silk market near the Cathedral. Apart from offering a very diverse and multicultural environment, you’ll find various craft stalls selling hand-made jewellery, silk gifts and shisha pipes. Make sure you check out the many chupeterías, with their 126 different flavoured shots—don’t head out too early though, as the party gets started at around 10pm over here! Go to ‘El Aguador’ for the best paella in town, although there’s thousands of tapas bars across the city. I sorted out my accommodation through university halls, staying at the Residencia Emperador Carlos V. Great for making friends quickly and sooo close to the Arts faculty!
Useful local words: Andalucians shorten their words, so don’t be surprised to hear ‘Graná’ for Granada, ‘menú’ for ‘menudo’ etc.
What not to pack: Most flats are equipped, so no need for pots and pans!
What to pack: A map of the city, sleeping bag, mini-dictionary, DVDs.
Couldn't have done without: Some money before my student loan came through.
Word of advice: Bring your student card to get cheaper train tickets so you can go visit close-by Seville, Cordoba, Jaen, Cadiz...Don’t walk through Calle Elvira late at night—bit dodgy!
Donatella, French and Spanish, Bristol
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