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Miscellaneous / Amazon comes to Spain
« Last post by John on September 29, 2011, 02:43:53 AM »
Amazon has finally arrived in Spain so you can order electronics books etc

Here are some links

Books in English

Accommodation / Re: Cheap apartment for a 1 week stay
« Last post by granadaexpert on September 19, 2011, 11:12:28 PM »
The cheapest you can normally get is about 300 per week.
That is just on the border of being economically viable for the owner.

San Pedro apartment: 290 per week.

Julia apartment 300 euros per week.
Accommodation / Cheap apartment for a 1 week stay
« Last post by dynamo on September 19, 2011, 11:05:56 PM »
I want to stay for a week in Granada. Does anyone know any cheap apartments?
What to do in Granada / Re: SEGWAY in Granada
« Last post by Segway Granada Aventur on September 10, 2011, 12:58:54 PM »
Hello Everybody,

we´re an active turism company in Granada, and we do Segway Tours arround Albaizyn, Sacromonte, Downtown and Alhambra´s Forrest. And more .....

If you want to have fun click here to book.
Miscellaneous / Re: English speaking doctor
« Last post by John on August 31, 2011, 02:42:38 AM »
The answer depends on whether you are European and covered by European Health Insurance.

If you are European you should have applied for a EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) before you left and you will be covered by the Spanish National Health system

If you didn't get a EHIC then you can give them your passport number  and then if you are lucky you can get someone to give you a backdated EHIC when you get home.

Look at this site for getting a EHIC

As you are in the Albayzin you might as well go to the Albayzin health centre.
(Centro de Salud Albayzín)
This is very near to Mirador de San Nicolas.
Behind the mirador is a big white church and then two terrace restaurants (the first is the Kiki),
The heath centre is in the corner behind the bars opposite the library (biblioteca)

They don't necesarilly speak English. Many of the doctors do but the reception staff don't.
The best thing to do is take someone with you who is bilingual.
If you have a mobile phone you could get someone to interpret for you by passing the phone back and forth.
If you are on holiday and have booked your accommodation with a bilingual agent then they would probably help you.
I know that granadainfo would definitely help you.

If your health problem is more urgent it is best to go to Traumatologia. This is the A and E department.

Avoid the Clinico because it is full of student doctors who don't have much experience. (This is based on my own experience and may be wrong)

As you are using the national health service you can't demand to see an English speaking doctor but almost all doctors speak some English because most of the literature about medicine is written in English and also theoretically all doctors should speak English.


Even if you have no insurance you could probably get treated in the same way as Eurpoeans although they will probably send you a massive bill.

If you have medical insurance phone up the insurance company and ask them to give you a list of the English speaking doctors available in Granada.

Don't forget Chemists
Don't forget that chemists are very knowledgeable about medicine. If your condition is not urgent go to a "Farmacia" and ask their advice. This is much quicker that going to see a doctor.

Private English Speaking Doctor

I have searched the internet and I can't find any private doctor in Granada advertising themselves as English speaking.
However, there is a German doctor in Almuñecar who speaks English.
Almuñecar is about 1 hour away by bus or car.

Here are the details.

Axel Thieke
Paseo del Altillo 4-3°C    
Tel: 958 88 15 11

Miscellaneous / English speaking doctor
« Last post by gwen on August 30, 2011, 11:36:08 PM »
I am staying in an apartment in the Albayzin.
My husband has developed a strange rash but has no very bad symptoms.

Are there any English speaking doctors in Granada?
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!!!

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