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What to do in Granada / Re: No tickets left to the Alhambra. Help!
« Last post by granadaexpert on May 01, 2012, 04:14:47 AM »
I will share with you a little known secret.

If you have no ticket to the Alhambra go to the entrance of the Alhambra.

Don't get into the queue for tickets.

To the right of the entrance is an area with yellow machines.

Put your credit card into the machine and buy a ticket.

The people in the queue are wasting their time but nobody tells them.

I spoke to someone who did this yeaterday and they got a ticket for 5pm this was at 11am.

On the website the tickets were sold out.

What to do in Granada / No tickets left to the Alhambra. Help!
« Last post by Doss on May 01, 2012, 04:06:51 AM »
I have booked accommodation in Granada for 3 nights in May.
It appears that there are no tickets left for the Alhambra.
What can I do?
What to do in Granada / Re: Activities for children in the summer
« Last post by granadagirl on April 23, 2012, 01:18:46 PM »
I don't have children myself so I asked a guitarmaker friend who lives in Granada and this is his reply.
Probably not ideal because it is out of town but great because you could dump english-speaking kids there for two weeks and they would be in a very spanish environment but at the same time communication would not be a problem because they have English teachers there.  I used to work there teaching.
These two places have week-long summer courses for young children (4 to 5 hours per day) which are very good.  My nephew went last summer.  I can't find any info on the page though, you might have to call.
this is where we send Tommy in July and he seems to do fine.  Again, very little info on the page.
 These people do stuff for kids, although I don't know about summer.

There are a number of high-priced country clubs in town that bend over backwards for kids (if you are a member).  You never know if that would accept temporary members.

Some of the private music schools in Granada might do summer courses.

hope this helps,

John and Monsa

This is the web site of John the guitarmaker.

What to do in Granada / Activities for children in the summer
« Last post by Kilgore Trout on April 23, 2012, 01:13:43 PM »
I am thinking of doing a Spanish course in Granada maybe at Carmen de las Cuevas.

I have already booked accomodation at the Casa Palmera

We have 2 children of 6 and 10 years old.

Does anyone know of some activities in Granada which may be suitable for my children?
Accommodation / Re: Accommodation for a group of 25 friends
« Last post by granadaexpert on March 08, 2012, 02:44:35 PM »
Granadainfo has a search page where you can find apartment accommodation for big groups in the same building.

You can very quickly find all the places which have capacity for your group.

This is the link
Accommodation / Accommodation for a group of 25 friends
« Last post by Kilgore Trout on March 08, 2012, 02:40:48 PM »
I am looking for accommodation for a group of 25 people in Granada.

Does anyone know any good places for big groups?
Granadainfo now have an order by price button which shows the cheapest places.

Go to this page

Click on
order the results by price. Cheapest first.

Miscellaneous / Re: Tales of the Alhambra
« Last post by granadagirl on January 06, 2012, 10:50:37 AM »
The Tales of the Alhambra is a collection of essays and stories about Granada and the Alhambra.

Washington Irving, the author, visited the Alhambra in  the 1830s.

It was through Washington Irving that Granada became well known.

If you are very interested in Granada it is worth reading.

If you prefer you can read it online.

There is a copy here:
Miscellaneous / Tales of the Alhambra
« Last post by hudson on January 06, 2012, 10:45:06 AM »
I have noticed that all the souvenir shops sell Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving.
Is it worth buying?
What to do in Granada / Re: New Years Travels in Granada
« Last post by Steven Wellington on December 14, 2011, 01:15:55 AM »
Most people spend New Year's Eve having a meal with their family then go out after 12pm to bars and pubs.
You can tell that people have been with their family because many people wear suits. (this must be to keep the mothers happy)

New Year's Eve is quiet in the street until after 12.
Many restaurants are closed and if you want to go to a restaurant it is a good idea to find out beforehand if it is going to be open.

Many bars and restaurants have a Cotillon which has a fixed price and you can drink as much as you like and they also provide food.

The only cotillon I have ever been to was not very good. In my opinion a cotillon is only a good idea if you know lots of people in the bar and you really want to spend the whole evening in one place. It would  probably only be a good deal if you drink enough alcohol to need hospitalization.

At 12pm most people put the TV on and watch the clock in Madrid. In Spain a grape is eaten for each stroke of the clock at 12pm on December 31st. Each grape is supposed to represent one month of the new year)

In Granada several thousand people go to Plaza del Carmen which is the Ayuntamiento Square. (the town council) There are lots of fireworks, cava (Spanish champagne), corks flying, paper hats etc.

After 12pm many people will stay up most of the night partying and probably won't get up until 6pm the next day.

If you don't like heavy drinking and feeling obligated to be merry you may find it a good idea to go to bed at 10pm with a cup of cocoa and a good book.   

On 6th January there is a Christmas parade, the principal characters are the "magic kings" who drive around the city on a float and shower the children and people with sweets and other presents. Some enterprising adults use inverted umbrellas to catch more sweets.

On 2nd January there is celebration of the taking of Granada by the Christians in the Plaza del Carmen.
(Día de la Toma) After over 700 years of moorish rule the Arabs finally surrendered on the 2nd January 1492. If you read the history of the shameful ethnic cleansing, breaking of solemn pacts and general unchristian and barbaric behavior which happened afterwards it is difficult to know why it is a thing that should be celebrated in a triumphal way.

If you are single (especially a single girl)you can go up to the Torre de la Vela in the Alhambra on the 2nd of January and ring the big bell. Apparently it will considerably increase your chances of getting married during the year. If you are staying in the Albayzin I recommend that you go out for the day because the sound of the bell ringing all day can be annoying.

This page may help you understand the Spanish vocabulary of Christmas.
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