Initially, when we arrived in Granada for Our Year in Spain, we were like deer caught in the headlights, trying to figure out how things worked, where to find what we needed, places to go and what to do. It took us a year to find our rhythm of Granadino life, to confidently navigate through the city, and begin to understand the traditions and rituals.
So, we decided to create a useful guide to help others, based on what we had learned. Some things we discovered ourselves by bumbling along but most of what we experienced was thanks to the generosity of locals who shared their city with us.
After a year of deliberation, I have finally delivered on my promise to write this guide to Granada. I think the reason it took me so long to complete was that I didn’t want it to be a straightforward tourist guide. I wanted it to be a useful handbook for those living in or visiting Granada; to allow others to experience a taste of local life and also help navigate some of the idiosyncrasies of this city. Of course it takes time to become a local (many, many years I’ve been told, as all good things take time), however I also know that whenever I visit a destination, I try to find the places where the locals go so I can absorb just a little taste of what it might be like to live in that place.
Like many destinations worth visiting though, you will likely be jostling with other visitors. This guide is designed to help you find the gems and avoid some of the tourist traps. The aim is to help others experience the best of Granada while also trying to alleviate some of the hassles that come with not knowing how a city works: like avoiding getting multiple traffic fines for driving on restricted access roads that make up most of Granada.
The guide contains information about local festivals, arts and entertainment, places to see, things to do, where to eat and drink, and how to generally get around. There is information about sports, alternative health services, excursions, mountain hikes and nearby destinations worth visiting.
We hope this guide will help you gather the knowledge you need to enjoy your time in Granada because ultimately we want to share with you the city we came to love dearly while we lived there.