Touristy Granada

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Oct 07, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Friday, September 30, 2011

In Granada I met up with my friend Ilja, who had flown in from the Netherlands to join me for my last week in Andalucia!

Granada turned out to be very touristy. The Albaycin area has little weaving streets, but the restaurants are quite touristy and expensive, so are the shops. The rest of the city is not as mellow and pretty as Sevilla.
In other areas the food is cheaper, and you get large portions of tapas with every drink you order.

TIP: go where the Spaniards go, and just order drinks! You probably won't need to buy any food and will be able to get by on the free tapas.

For many visitors the Alhambra is the main point of interest, and you   even have to get tickets in advance these days. Which is why I didn't want to go there at first. But Ilja and I decided we wanted to see it after all and just see how long the queue was. We queued for about half an hour in the morning, and were able to buy tickets for 5pm. So we spent a day in Granada and then went back at 5pm. Most of the Alhambra was doable with regards to crowds, except the Generalife bit, which is what you get the timeslotted ticket for and was absolutely stuffed with people. It was really worth seeing though, and much more elaborately decorated than the various Alcázar buildings I had seen in Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera.
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