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Miscellaneous / Re: Day out to the Alpujarras mountains
« Last post by Steven Wellington on August 29, 2011, 09:27:19 AM »
For a pleasant drive up to the Alpujarra I normally take people to Pampaneira

You can walk around the village for a while to see the whitewashed houses and flowers in the balconies etc.

Then in the main square there are 2 or 3 restaurants which are good.
There is also a pizza restaurant.

 For a very brief introduction to the Alpjujarra click on this link

Most of the villages have restaurants.

A friend of mine recommends the Fragua in Trevelez

Miscellaneous / Day out to the Alpujarras mountains
« Last post by hudson on August 29, 2011, 09:18:22 AM »
I am thinking of taking some visitors up to the Alpujarra for the day.

Do you have any advice?

Where is a good place to eat?
Miscellaneous / Re: Weather forecast for Granada
« Last post by granadaexpert on August 19, 2011, 03:48:48 AM »
In Spain in August it is common to have summer storms which only last a few hours.

There has been a lot of false reports of summer thunder storms in the weather forecasts recently.
This is probably because the storms are quite small and probably only a few miles across.

I have found that the best way of knowing if a summer storm is actually going to happen is by looking at a radar image.

There is one here.
Miscellaneous / Re: What can I do with my Almonds?
« Last post by nutcracker on August 14, 2011, 02:11:10 AM »
Cracking almonds with a hammer is better than a hand nutcracker but nothing like as good as a partidora.

In the ferreteria (hardware shop) in Ancho de Capuchinos in Granada you can buy  partidoras.
The price is about 40 euros.
Apparently they are made by an old man up the the Alpujarras in a small workshop.

The partidora consists of  a handle which imparts a very large force onto a metal plate.

Almost no effort is required  even with the hardest nuts, even a child can do it.

Once you have worked up a rhythm feeding the nutcracker with the left hand and pulling the handle with the right  the cracking speed is very fast.

It is a good idea to have one person cracking and another person picking out the nuts and putting them into a container.

I wish it were possible to get a small electric nutcracker. I have spent hours making google searches using terms such as  Almond huller, Almond cracker, nut sheller but with no success.  The cheapest machines cost over 5000 euros and are for industrial production.

There are also lots of free patents for nutcrackers on sites like this one
But it would be necessary to have a big workshop to make one.

There would be a lot of demand for a domestic electric nutcracker for less than 500 euros espaecially in spain.
Someone should make one!!!

What to do in Granada / Re: Thermal baths at Negratin Lake
« Last post by granadaexpert on August 12, 2011, 07:48:43 AM »
I went there about a week ago.
Unfortunately I got there too late and it was not possible to go to the thermal baths.

There is a long bath about 40 metres long which fills up with the thermal spa water.
The temperature of the water is 32 C

It is possible to hire towels and the is a changing room.

It costs about 2.50 to get in and 1 euro for children.

There is a restaurant next to the thermal spa.

You don't have to go to the thermal spa.
You can swim in any part of the lake for free.

There is a path down the side of the restaurant which leads into the water.

The water is really pleasant to swim in.

There is no chlorine and the temperature is about 25C.

Make sure you get into the water slowly at first  because you can stub your toes.

The Negratin lake is about 100km from Granada on the road towards Murcia.
Go to Zujar then follow the signs to aguas termales.

By the way a lot of maps show a road across the centre of the lake.
This does not exist and is submerged.


What to do in Granada / Thermal baths at Negratin Lake
« Last post by jake on August 12, 2011, 07:39:00 AM »
Has anyone been to the hot baths at baños de Zujar at lake Negratin?

Is it possible to swim in the lake?
Accommodation / Re: Cheap places in July and August Granada with AC
« Last post by granadaexpert on June 29, 2011, 06:05:05 AM »
There are some very cheap prices at a number of apartments on

Many apartments have a 15% discount plus a free night for stays of over 2 nights

For example.

3 nights 2 people 102 euros = 34 euros per night
Darro Apartments

4 nights - 4 people - 2 bedrooms - 306 euros = 77 euros per night
Santiago Apartments

There are similar big discounts at this place

All have AC and wifi and are right in the centre

Accommodation / Cheap places in July and August Granada with AC
« Last post by Sinead on June 29, 2011, 05:52:20 AM »
Does anyone know any good cheap places to stay in July and August in Granada with Air Conditioning?
Accommodation / Re: Hostels to stay in Granada
« Last post by John on June 21, 2011, 06:16:54 AM »
This question has already been answered in this post
Accommodation / Hostels to stay in Granada
« Last post by marcela on June 20, 2011, 04:03:45 PM »
i will go to study in Granada on September and would like to know what are the bests hostels to stay the early days.

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