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What to do in Granada / Re: Meeting the people from Granada
« Last post by Steven Wellington on July 25, 2015, 05:35:04 AM »
This site looks promising

It may be a good idea to join couchsurfing.
This is a good way of getting to know the locals.

Accommodation / Hotel with parking in Granada
« Last post by Steven Wellington on July 25, 2015, 05:21:58 AM »
The answer to this question is complex so I will answer with a short answer and then give more info.

Short Answer:
Most of the hotels in the most interesting places right in the centre don't have their own parking.
Even if these hotels do have their own parking it can be complicated to get there due to narrow complicated streets.

A way to side step the whole issue is to park in the Severa Ochoa car park which is very easy to get to, has good prices for long stays (especially over 48 hours) and you can then get to any hotel with a short walk, bus ride or a taxi.
In this way you don't have to base your choice of hotel on the availability of parking.
Here is Info about Severa Ochoa

A hotel which is right in the old part of town which has parking next to the Hotel is Hotel Casa Morisca.

Longer Answer:
If you don't care about being right in the centre of town then there are many Hotels with easy parking.

For example:
Hotel Saray
Hotel Nazari

A very good compromise is the hotel Arabeluj which also has good prices.
It is easy to get to, has free parking, is near to the Alhambra and the minibus goes past frequently which will take you to all the interesting places.

Another solution is the park in the Alhambra car park which is easy to get to and stay at one of the hotels near there.
For example:

Hotel Guadalupe

Hotel Alixares

What to do in Granada / Seeing Flamenco for free in Granada
« Last post by granadagirl on July 12, 2015, 02:12:07 AM »
There are several places where you can see free street performances of Flamenco in Granada.
For example.
Plaza Nueva and Mirador de San Nicolas.

There is more info on this page.
Eating in Granada / Re: Vegetarian Restaurant in Granada
« Last post by John on May 03, 2015, 11:02:26 PM »
There are loads of benefits from being vegetarian.

Click here for more info.
Miscellaneous / Re: Volunteer work around Granada
« Last post by granadagirl on March 22, 2015, 09:07:38 AM »
I have spoken to lots of people who have done this type of volunteer work all around the world and in other places around Granada. and offer a really good way of having interesting experiences without spending much or any money but it is not for everyone.

There are a very wide range of possibilities. On the one hand some places are commercial companies using volunteers as cheap labour in a cynical exploitation where they really ought to be paying people to the other extreme where the volunteers are pampered, given gourmet food and treated like welcome guests. Don't get me wrong, I am not dividing them up into goodies and baddies. I have spoken to people have had a wonderful time being cynically exploited, for example, working in a backpacker's hostal  in a city centre or working in a large group on a farm where there is a good social life.

The moment people hear about workaway they immediately realise that they can get work done for free. This can atract the wrong people. The worst form of exploitation I have heard about is probably childcare, the minimum form of renumeration for childcare is aupairing where the childcarer is guaranteed at least a separate bedroom from the child and some time off. There are plenty of workaway hosts looking for gullible suckers to look after their children for free where it is necesary to share a bedroom with the child. 

One thing to be aware of is that if you are doing volunteer work you have to take responibility for your own safety. Make sure that all ladders are in good condition, you wear safety glasses and don't take any risks with machinery. Many people don't know that concrete is very corrosive and if any gets into you boots it can cause seriuos burns.

A volunteering experience should be about a symbiosis between the host and the volunteer with both sides beleiving that they are getting a good deal.  Many of the volunteer hosts in the Granada area involved in some sort of alternative lifestyle and you will often hear words such as permaculture, gardening, yoga, vegetarian, alternative building methods, spiritual, house renovation, solar power etc. There are also a lot of places offering accommodation such as bed and breakfasts who need help with the chores.   

All of the websites showing host information show feedback left by previous workers so bad places will quickly be rooted out. If you are thinking of doing volunteer work this is the advice I would give. Read the information very thoroughly. Make sure that if you are a facebook junkie that the host has a good internet connection. If you don't like being in the middle of nowhere choose a place near a town. Be very honest when you write your profile. Make sure you understand exactly how many hours per day and how many days per week you are expected to work and if you don't agree don't go there. Ask what you need to bring. If you are lazy and hate working don't volunteer as a worker. 

Good Luck
Miscellaneous / Volunteer work around Granada
« Last post by Kilgore Trout on March 22, 2015, 09:05:31 AM »
I have seen that there are many places on and offering volunteering jobs around Granada.

Does anyone have any experience about this type of volunteering? I fancy having some new experiences without spending a lot of money could this be an interesting thing to do?

Traveling by staying in hostals, going out every night to get drunk in the company of fellow guests at the hostal becomes tedious very quickly and I am looking for something more interesting.
What to do in Granada / Re: Easter (Semana Santa) in Granada
« Last post by granadagirl on March 21, 2015, 02:46:57 PM »
The principal activity in Granada are the processions.

Each church has a wooden platform structure which is adorned on top with a statue of the Jesus or the Virgen Mary.
The structure is carried around the streets by lots of hidden people underneath.
They are instructed how to move by someone who bangs the side of the platform with a stick.
The platforms move quite slowly and take a long time to do different routes around the city.

The platforms are followed by a musical group with many brass instruments playing mournful Easter music.

The biggest procession is the one on Wednesday night which goes to the Sacromonte abbey.
An interesting one is the silent procession which goes through the Albaicin in candlelight accompanied buy a gentle beat of a drum.

There is more information about the processions and the different routes here

What to do in Granada / Easter (Semana Santa) in Granada
« Last post by hudson on March 21, 2015, 02:36:13 PM »
We have booked a hotel for the week of semana santa in Granada.
Does anyone have any information about what to do?
If you haven't been able to buy Alhambra tickets all may not be lost.
You can go and get in a queue early in the morning because they hold 2000 tickets back for sale on the day.

But what is the earliest you can start queueing?

I just phoned the Alhambra and they say that the Alhambra opens to the public at 8.30 but it is best to get into the queue at 8am.

I suppose on days of very high demand like Easter it may be a good idea to get there a little earlier.

Also don't forget that it is sometimes possible to buy tickets directly from the yellow machines with a card.
I would recommend that you have one person in the queue and one person trying to buy a ticket at the machines.

You can see pictures of the yellow machines here.

Miscellaneous / Re: Where can I find a camera or computer shop in Granada?
« Last post by Steven Wellington on September 02, 2014, 12:43:30 AM »
First of all you can fix it with some sellotape.
Just wind  a piece of sellotape around the card tightly.  With this solution you can make the card get stuck inside the camera so it is best to buy a new one.

The best and biggest computer and  shop in Granada is Media Markt but it is right on the edge of the city and would cost you at least 20 euros in taxis to get there and back.

The best place to go is the Corte Ingles department store right in the centre.
They have a camera and computer section on the 3rd floor.
It is opposite the informatica department.

Here is a link to the corte ingles page.

Look at the print out a map link.

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