Let's go to Granada

Granada is a modern capital

With 270.000 inhabitants Granada is the capital of the province of the same name and is the home of one of the greatest universities in Spain, founded by Charles V in 1526. More than 60.000 students make an exciting contribution to the city, especially to its nightlife. Cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, terraces and a huge variety of free tapas can be found in every street.

Some of Granada's many cultural activities include the International Theatre Festival, Tango Festival, International Jazz Festival, the Manuel de Falla Auditorium's annual programme, Flamenco Festivals and the International Music and Dance Festival. The most famous celebrations are: Easter Week, The Day of the Cross (May), Granada Fair (June) and the Zaidín Festival. See Celebrations in Granada for a full list of celebrations.

Granada´s importance

Plaza Nueva is located close to numerous specialist Arab shops. Granada has played an important role in the most spectacular chapters of Spanish history. Arab dominance in the city dramatically influenced its culture and created one of the world´s most precious and unique monuments: the Alhambra and Generalife. The Renaissance left its mark with the Cathedral, the Capilla Real, (where the Catholic King and Queen are buried), La Cartuja, the Monasterio de San Jerónimo and numerous churches and palaces.

Cobbled streets are not uncommon in Granada

The Albayzin, the oldest quarter of Granada, stretches over the hill opposite the Alhambra. Narrow, cobbled streets rise and fall leading to small squares, caves or beautiful viewpoints of the Alhambra, white houses with patios or gardens, fountains, and Arab houses with a Mediterranean flavour.

Visit the heart of Flamenco in the caves of Sacromonte where the Gypsies live; the Jewish quarter; the Realejo and the Alcaicería, an Arab bazaar with Moorish arches and marble columns. Enjoy the busy Plaza Nueva and the terraces of El Paseo de los Tristes, situated at the foot of the Alhambra hill.

Outdoor activities, footpaths through the Sierra Nevada

Granada has an ideal geographical location. You can contemplate the snow-covered summits of the Sierra Nevada (the ski resort of Pradollano - November until April - is just 33 km. from Granada) or the rich, green countryside of the Vega. You can stroll along the footpaths of the Alpujarras, see the cave-houses of Guadix, pay a visit to Sevilla or Málaga, or enjoy The Costa Tropical.

Language school in the centre of town.

Escuela Delengua is situated in the heart ofGranada, very close to the Cathedral, beside Plaza Nueva, at the foot of the Albayzín.

Average Prices in Granada

Here is a list of the average prices in Granada. It should help you plan your budget while you study Spanish in Granada. Please bear in mind that these are just a guide and that prices do fluctuate throughout the city.

Going out in Granada

  • Beer in a bar(+free tapas) = 1.60 - 2.00 EUR
  • A glass of wine in a bar = 2.00 EUR
  • Entrance to a club = 6.00 EUR (normally includes a free drink)
  • Ticket for the cinema = 4.50-5.00 EUR  (Wednesdays = 4.00 EUR)
  • Ticket for the bus (cheaper bus passes are also available) = 1.20 EUR

Food and Drink in Granada

  • A bottle of beer (one litre) = 1.10 EUR
  • A bottle of water (two litres) = 0.40 EUR
  • A baguette = 0.60 EUR
  • A carton of milk = 0.80 EUR
  • A cup of coffee/tea = 1.20 EUR
  • A piece of toast = 1.00 EUR
  • Ice-cream = 1.50 EUR
  • A sandwich = 3.40 EUR
  • Spanish Menu of the Day (3 course meal) = 8.00 EUR

Entrance fees

  • Entrance to the Catedral = 4.00 EUR
  • Ticket for the Alhambra = 14.30 EUR or 15.40 EUR booking online
  • Entrance to Sacromonte Abbey = 4.00 EUR

Shopping in Granada

  • A pair of jeans = 20.00 EUR - 35.00 EUR
  • A t-shirt = 5.00 EUR - 9.95 EUR
  • A pair of shoes = 10.00 EUR - 30.00 EUR
  • International Newspapers = 2.00 EUR

Join Granada for the Celebrations...

The 1st January: New year's Day

The 2nd of January: Catholic conquest

People from Granada celebrate the capture of the city by the Catholic Kings. The youngest councillor holds the standard of Castile and greets the people from the balcony of the Consistorio. A civic procession also takes place in the city, during which the standard of the Catholic Kings is shown along with the coat of arms of Granada. The celebration has been going on since the death of Ferdinand the Catholic King. Without any doubt this is one of Granada´s most traditional celebrations.

The 5th of January: The 3 wise men in Granada

On the night of the 5th, there is a big procession through the city and The Three Wise Men on horseback give out sweets to the children of Granada. Children receive presents from 'The Three Kings' on this night and it is celebrated more than Christmas.

The 6th of January: The Epiphany

People celebrate the arrival of the 3 Kings to the Nativity, children enjoy playing with the presents that they received the night before and this day is a national holiday.

The 5th of February: Procession from The San Cecilio Abbey

San Cecilio is the local patron saint of Granada and the day is celebrated with processions, dancing and other festivities.

From the 26th February to the 5th of March: Carnival

The yearly carnival is celebrated all over Spain with events like parades, mask and costume parties.

The 28th of February: Andalusia Day in Granada

A state holiday throughout Andalusia to remember that in 1980 people occupied the streets of the city to claim political autonomy and freedom.

From the 9th to the 16th of April: Easter in Granada

Easter is one of the most important religious events in Granada, and Spain. It is celebrated with impressive religious processions where statues of Jesus and The Virgin Mary are carried around the town, with music and people dressed in special costumes. One of the most important processions is that of the gypsies of Sacromonte.

The 14th of April: Good Friday

People remember the crucifixion and death of Christ

The 1st of May: Labour Day

On the 1st of May 1886 the Labour Union of Chicago organized a strike to establish an 8 hour working day.

The 3rd of May: Day of the Cross

This day is celebrated in Granada with competitions: for example, who can decorate the most beautiful cross. It is a local holiday. Granada lights up during this celebration, wine, tapas and Sevillanas dancing are the real stars of the party.

The 26th of May: Mariana Pineda

Mariana Pineda was a revolutionary from Granada who was sentenced to death by King Fernando VII. The day is celebrated on the Mariana Pineda central square but is not a holiday.

From the 11th to 17th of June: Corpus Christi Fair

Corpus Christi as a religious festival is celebrated with church services and processions. In Granada, a Summer Fair takes place over the week of Corpus Christi, when popular entertainments tend to eclipse those of the church. "Casetas" or marquees are set up in the historic centre of the city where there is music, food and drink available, especially at night. There are religious processions on Corpus Christi Day, but the majority of the action takes place in fairgrounds near the edge of the city.

The 28th of June: San Pedro, in the Albaicín.

The romeros go up to the Ermita de San Miguel riding horses or travelling in decorated carts. This event is celebrated with artists from all over Europe. It is a superb event that takes place in a variety of amazing locations, such as the Alhambra and the open-air theatre in the Generalife gardens.

The 15th of August : The Assumption

People celebrate the assumption of Mary into Heaven. They celebrate with processions and by donating flowers to the virgin.

The 15th and the 24th of September: Feast of Our Lady of the Angustias

This is the Patron Saint of Granada and the people of Granada offer flowers to the Virgin. The central event is the procession of the Virgin, which is accompanied by a traditional market where autumn fruits and olive oil biscuits are sold.

From the 23rd to the 30th of September: San Miguel

This fiesta is celebrated during the whole weekend with music and dance concerts, fireworks and a football tournament.

The 12th of October: National Spain Day.

A date that commemorates the discovery of America by Cristobal Colón (Christopher Columbus) in 1492, which became the National Day of Spain.

The 1st of November: All Saints Day in Granada

The Church wanted to remind people that there are many important Saints whose names or feast days do not appear in the calendar. This day is to remember all those Saints.

The 6th of December: Constitution Day in Granada

People celebrate the rectification of the Constitution.

The 8th of December: The Immaculate Conception

People celebrate the Virgin and the Immaculate Conception.

The 25th of December: Christmas in Granada

People celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The 31st of December: New Year's Eve in Granada

At midnight Spanish people gather in the Town Hall square to eat twelve grapes precisely at the stroke of midnight one after another. The party goes on all night long.