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Nerja / Between Two Fires by David Baird Book Review
« Last post by Steven Wellington on February 25, 2014, 07:49:53 AM »
"Between Two Fires" is an account of the struggle between the Maquis and the Guardia Civil in the mountains surrounding Frigiliana. After the Spanish Civil War, many people who had opposed the Franco regime faced either death or imprisonment. Some of them had no alternative but to escape to the mountains to continue resisting the Franco regime. The Guardia Civil were given carte blanche by Franco to eliminate the guerilla army at any cost. One major complication  was that the Maquis had no alternative other than to obtain food and supplies from the civilian population, which resulted in an almost impossible situation for the villagers who had to go into the mountains to earn a living.

The first part of the book is a normal historical description of the events that took place between the end of the civil war and the end of armed resistance in 1952. The second part of the book is a series of interviews with many of the protagonists, participants and ordinary people who were alive at this time.

This is an excellent book for anyone who would like to understand the Spanish Civil War and its immediate aftermath. The eye witness interview style is an excellent way of looking at history through many different perspectives.

In hindsight, we can see that it was futile to resist the Franco regime and that the misery and suffering of the post war years was made even more unbearable by the added complication of having a guerilla war. 

Click here to Buy this book on Amazon USA - Between Two Fires-Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras
 

If you are in Europe you can buy this book at Amazon.co.uk see link below.





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La Herradura / Re: BBC and Football via internet in Spain
« Last post by granadagirl on February 07, 2014, 07:25:29 AM »
It is possible to use netflix in Spain if you have a VPN.

If you use a VPN which has both US and British location you can get both the Almerican and UK version of Netflix on one account.

You can sign up using an English credit card.
You can only use paypal if the paypal address  is in the UK or in the USA.

Netflix has loads of films and TV series.
The price is about $8 per month.

There is some difference between the US and British content.
For example Family Guy is not available in the British version and there is more British content on the British site but if you use a vpn you can use both.

It is possible to get a free month trial.

I started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix on the free trial and as it works very well I have continued.

Another advantage of netfix is that it is possible to watch using a fairly slow 1mb per second internet conexion such as you would get with Iberbanda etc.  A normal 10mb per second adsl conexion is more than enough even for HD quality.
















 



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Accommodation / Re: What are the nearest Hotels in Granada to the Alhambra?
« Last post by Steven Wellington on February 06, 2014, 09:03:46 AM »
You should remember that the Alhambra is above the city of GRANADA and it may be more interesting to get a hotel right in the centre of Granada near to Plaza Nueva.

Here are some links to lists of hotels organised by the distance to certain locations.

The nearest hotels in Granada to the Alhambra are here:
http://granadahotel.com/near_to_alhambra.htm

The nearest hotels in Granada to Plaza Nueva are here:
http://granadahotel.com/near_to_plaza_nueva.htm

The nearest hotels in Granada to the bus station are here:
http://granadahotel.com/near_to_bus_station.htm

The nearest hotels in Granada to the train station  are here:
http://granadahotel.com/near_to_train_station.htm


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Accommodation / What are the nearest Hotels in Granada to the Alhambra?
« Last post by Ernest on February 06, 2014, 08:53:48 AM »
I would like to know the nearest hotels to the Alhambra because that is my main reason for visiting Granada
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Getting to Granada / Very cheap car hire - 45 euros per week
« Last post by Steven Wellington on January 29, 2014, 11:58:43 AM »
Someone told me about delpaso car hire.

Prices start at 45 euros per week!!!!

http://www.delpasocarhire.com/
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What to do in Granada / Free walking groups around Granada. (senderismo)
« Last post by Steven Wellington on January 19, 2014, 03:32:24 AM »
I am often asked about walking groups around Granada.

Granada is a wonderful province for walking especially in the winter when most days are sunny and cool enough. After May it gets too hot unless you walk high up in the mountains. Here are the ones I know about. There are commercial walking tours but the ones ones I mention below are all free.

EXTRAGRUPO

http://extragrupo.ning.com/

A Spanish group who organise senderismo (walking) on Sundays and other cultural activities.

The website is very confusing and you might have to phone.

They normally meet at EL CUBO which is a big white building in the south of Granada.

There are lots of very interesting locations for walking around Granada.

El Cubo de Caja Granada Avenida de la Ciencia, 2, esquina con Avenida Fernando de los Rios

You can get a 4 or a 5 bus. There are normally spaces in cars. Passengers give the drivers a donation for petrol.

LECRIN VALLEY LIMPERS


http://lecrinlimpers.blogspot.com.es/

Based around the Lecrin Valley which is half way between Granada and the coast.

The majority are English speakers. Either English or northern European.

Every month they slit into 2 groups with one difficult and one easy walk.

ALMUÑECAR WALKING GROUP

http://www.granadawiki.com

The majority are English speakers. Either English or northern European.

They walk every Sunday and Wednesday between September and May.

Most of the walks are around 15km and are within about 20km from Almuñecar.

There is almost always space in someone's car. Ask Stuart if you need a lift.
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Accommodation / Re: Map of all the hotels in Granada
« Last post by granadaexpert on January 18, 2014, 04:32:12 AM »
There is a very good map with the location of all the hotels in Granada here.

http://granadamap.com/all_hotels_granada.htm
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Accommodation / Map of all the hotels in Granada
« Last post by Julian on January 18, 2014, 04:27:35 AM »
Does anyone know here there is a map of all the hotels in Granada including the location of car parks, places of interest etc? 
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Getting to Granada / Granada park and ride
« Last post by John on January 18, 2014, 03:44:51 AM »
Granada does not have an official  park and ride system.

This is my personal idea of the best park and ride.

Here are instructions:

The Sacromonte Abbey is about 40 minutes walk from Plaza Nueva (the absolute centre of Granada)
The Abbey has a large free parking area.

Leave the A92 at EXIT 253 (GRANADA ESTE - EL FARGUE)  Drive through el fargue.
Take a left into Camino Viejo de El Fargue

Take the next left at the football pitch. (If you go past the electricity substation you have gone too far)

Drive down the road until you get to the abbey.
Park your car.

You are now at the M on this map
http://granadamap.com/4.htm

If you want to get a bus get on a 35 which will take you to Plaza Nueva.
The 35 goes every 30 minutes.
For more frequent buses walk down to Cuesta Chapiz where there are buses every 15 minutes.












 

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Getting to Granada / bla bla car Cheap travel to and from Granada
« Last post by Steven Wellington on July 12, 2013, 05:54:26 AM »
There is a car sharing service called bla bla car

At the moment I have a friend here with me here from Puerto Rico.

She came to Granada from Alicante for 21 euros.

Tomorrow she is going to from Granada to Cadiz for 17 euros

(The normal price is 38 euros by bus)

It seems a great way to meet people and get cheap travel.

The website is.

http://blablacar.com
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