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Cockroaches can be a problem in Spain I once had a friend in Madrid and when we went up the dimly lit stairs after a night out our shoes crunched on cockroaches on every step, disgusting!!!

In the south of Spain mid May is the worst time of year for cockroaches because they like warm temperatures and at the onset of summer they go exploring in search of new sources of food and for new places to live. It is at this time of year that people may notice cockroaches scuttling around in their houses. Most people are horrified to see a cockroach and will immediately go out and buy anti cockroach devices in the supermarket. The most common device is a small plastic roach trap which contains some poison, also they are aerosol sprays. The problem is that almost immediately the problem gets much worse because many dead or dying cockroaches appear.

Normally the cockroaches are nocturnal and in a domestic house they come out at night and feed on crumbs and food that has been left out. Cockroaches prefer dark places and can live for a long time without food and with little water. Many people are unaware that they actually have a cockroach problem because the cockroaches can hear you coming and hide before they are seen.  So it is very important to maintain scrupulous cleanliness in the kitchen. Never leave food out, always clean crumbs away and don't let anything edible remain on the floor especially in difficult to access places such as the side of a cooker. It may be a good idea to do a deep clean of your kitchen to make sure that there is nothing edible under the kitchen units or the fridge etc. I once lived in a house in the Albaicin and on a couple of occasions 15 or 20 dead or dying cockroaches appeared in the bathroom. Outside the bathroom was a drain cover that had a gap in it. I went to the hardware shop and bought some fine plastic mesh  and stuffed it into the hole. There were hundred of roaches in the drain, the only way to stop them was to make a physical barrier. So make sure that it is impossible for a cockroach to enter your house. This is never 100% certain because they can fly.

The problem if you have airbnb guests is that if you use poisons the problem will get worse before it gets better because your guests will see dead and dying cockroaches.  A way around this is to use a non poisonous trap. The best one I have used is the Vegas Roach Trap. It can be as simple as a large glass with some water, sugar and coffee grounds in the bottom. The roaches climb into the glass and then drown in the water. Just put "Vegas Roach Trap" into google there are plans for much more complicated ones. Put the trap in a place that can't be seen like a locked cupboard and empty it every few days. If you have a bad infestation you can get 10 or 15 cockroaches in a night using that method.

You will have to accept that is you live in Spain you will probably never completely get rid of cockroaches, there will always be 2 or 3 every year. People who come from the north of Europe will be freaked out just by the sight of one cockroach. You could say that if you can't cope with the occasional cockroach don't come to Spain. On the other hand any householder should take all steps to eradicate them and if you rent your house out the guests you will have to be very vigilant. In other parts of the world they are eaten as a delicacy.

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Miscellaneous / Help. I have cockroaches in my house. What can I do?
« Last post by Ashley on May 19, 2017, 12:49:29 AM »
I bought a large house in Granada two years ago. To earn some extra income I rent it out on airbnb. I have not had a problem with cockroaches before but all of a sudden there are cockroaches scuttling around and the last guests gave me a bad review. What can I do?
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Miscellaneous / Re: Is Cadiz a good place to go after Granada?
« Last post by granadagirl on May 17, 2017, 12:03:01 AM »
Yes, Cadiz is an interesting place to visit.
I have been there a few times.

One thing I really like is the Camera Oscura
They get light from a sort of periscope and project it onto the walls.
It is a very good way of looking at the city and spending a while in the old part of town.
Here is a link.
http://www.torretavira.com/en/

The best way to get to Cadiz (until the engineering works are finished is the bus)
See http://alsa.es

As for Tapas in Cádiz

I asked a friend in Cadiz to give me some restaurant tips (he is a bit of a foody)
Here is what he said.

1)  El Faro  (Calle San Felix) -  best restaurant  in Cádiz (not cheap)....but you can have tapas at the bar. A must!
- make sure they order Tortillitas de camerón and Paté de Cabracho & papas aliñadas - not to be missed!)

2) 100 metres from there is a traditional bodega Bar Manteca (Calle Corralon de los Carros en el bario de la Viña
- on the tourist map but worth having a quick tapa of Chicharorones ESPECIALES or queso añejo with a manzanilla for the atmosphere

3) Mesón Cumbres Mayores (calle Zorilla) - is a good standard tapas bar. Especially good for ham and pork (100s of jamones hanging from the ceiling

4) La Candela (calle Feduchy) – is a relatively new place which was opened by a talented chef. Very Creative tapas and dishes

5) Also new and pretty good is Ultramar & Nos (calle Enrique de las Marinas on the corner of Plaza de Mina

6) For good old fashioned fried fish Bar las Flores (Plaza de las Flores/Pza Topete) is as good as any. Many other alternatives nearby around  (and in) the marke

7) If you go over to Pto Santa María a good place for seafood is el Romerijo...and if they have 175€/head to spare(!!!) - Angel León's restaurante "Aponiente" is an amazing experience. (has 2 michelin stars). Only sea products (experiments with algae and plankton) .

Most English people pronounce the "z" on the end of Cadiz as a Zed as in Quiz.
It is pronounced as a "th"  as in THink

The emphasis is on the "a" so it is CAdiz.

So it should be KA dith



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Miscellaneous / Is Cadiz a good place to go after Granada?
« Last post by hudson on May 16, 2017, 11:54:08 PM »
I am planning to stay in Granada for 5 days and then go to Cadiz for 3 days before going to Morocco on the Ferry.

What is the best way of getting from Granada to Cadiz?

Does anyone know good places to eat and drink in Cadiz?

How do you pronounce Cadiz?
 
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I buy my oil from an English couple who have really good oil.
I buy it from them directly but I believe they can ship it anywhere in Europe.

They have a website here.
http://cortijoplata.com/shop/
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Miscellaneous / Where can I find a good place to buy olive oil for my restaurant?
« Last post by hudson on May 15, 2017, 06:30:15 AM »
I have a restaurant in the UK. We us a lot of olive oil. I have been told that it is possible to buy very high quality olive oil direct from the producers. I will be in Granada next week and I wonder if anyone knows a good place. I don't speak any Spanish.
 
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What to do in Granada / Re: 2 night trip to Granada for our anniversary.
« Last post by granadagirl on April 27, 2017, 10:35:00 PM »
Here are a few suggestions:

BREAKFAST: Café Fútbol  http://granadamap.com/placemap.php?place_id=81 on Plaza Marian a Pineda. It is a famous Spanish bar with the locals and famous for its chocolate con churros or simply tostadas.

LUNCH/DINNER: Cunini is famous for fish and shellfish and is in Plaza Pescaderia just round the corner from the catedral http://granadamap.com/cunini/index.htm . It is famous for its tapas in the middle of the day but also as an evening restaurant.

LUNCH/DINNER: Mirador de Moraymar -  a typical "carmen" in the Albaicin (http://miradordemorayma.com/). A carmen is a house with a walled garden and views of the Alhambra.
The specialty of Granada is "tortilla sacromonte" probably best avoided unless you are feeling adventurous (it contains brains, testicles, red peppers and peas), quite tasty but Granadainos wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

TAPAS: Casa Julio is a typical small tapas bar off Plaza Nueva http://granadainfo.com/elvirag/casajulio/index.htm - http://granadamap.com/placemap.php?place_id=15 on Calle Hermosa
Nearby is the Antigua Bodega Castañeda - a traditional tapas bar. There are two sides to the bar so make sure you go in through the entrance on Calle Elvira / Calle Almireceros http://granadamap.com/placemap_sp.php?place_id=5 This bar is famous for its drink "calicasas" which is a potent mixture of sherries, vermouth, etc.

TAPAS:
Another traditional tapas bar is Bar Espadafor at the end of the Gran Via. Amazing ceramic mural. This is the bar associated with Bodegas Espadafor who make the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (grape-apple juice, etc.)
http://granadainfo.com/elvirag/espadafor/

TAPAS:  Walk along behind the statue of Queen Isabel and Christopher Columbus (he's presenting her with a list of all the ships, sailors, etc. that he needs for his journey to discover America), continue straight on and eventually you will come to Calle Molinos. Just behind this is CAMPO DE PRINCIPE which is just below the Alhambra on the other side and there are excellent tapas bars on the right.

TAPAS: The area of Calle Navas is a good area for tapas and here you'll find one of the most famous tapas bars in Granada  - Los Diamantes. It's small but well worth the wait and squash.

WALKS: Here is a page I've put with walks to take in the sights:
http://granadainfo.com/dogranada/walks.htm
One of the nicest areas in Granada is Paseo de los Tristes (where they used to carry the hearses along before taking them up to the cemetery at the Alhambra) and the third one is a circular one.

PLACE TO STAY
An excellent place to stay with great views of the Alhambra and very good reviews is this one.
http://granadainfo.com/palmera/

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What to do in Granada / Is the Sacromonte worth visiting?
« Last post by Ashley on March 13, 2017, 06:38:58 AM »
I have been told that the Sacromonte is very interesting.
Do you have any information?
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Getting around in Granada / How can I paid the granada traffic fine online
« Last post by Lijiasheng on March 02, 2017, 08:08:59 AM »
Hello, I visited granada last month and unfortunately got a traffic fine email today. Since I had already left Spain, i am wondering if I can pay the bill online. I saw some one can paid via www.dgt.es however i was fail many time for wrong record number(require 12 digit, but 9 in my letter, like 21454/2017) 
Pls help me :(
thank you
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