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Alhambra Day Trip

Destination(s): Granada

If you’re making a trip to Granada to see the Alhambra, you might as well stay the day and check out the rest of what Granada has to offer. A visit to Granada isn’t complete without a visit to the Albaicín, the old Moorish quarter with cobblestone streets and a wealth of ancient architecture. You’ll have a lunch in a very traditional restaurant that serves typical granadino and Andalusian food, tapas with a glass of Spanish wine in the evening, and for dinner, some of the best Moroccan food this side of the Mediterranean. If you’re not in a hurry to leave, check out the schedule of live music and flamenco performances at Le Chien Andalou. read more about Alhambra Day Trip

Churrería Alhambra

Churrería Alhambra

  • 12 Plaza Pescadería
  • Granada, 18001
Alhambra

Alhambra

  • Calle de Real de Alhambra
  • tel:+34 902 44 1221
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  • Granada, 18009
Generalife (El)

Generalife (El)

  • Calle de Real de Alhambra
  • tel:+34 902 44 1221
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  • Granada, 18009
Albahaca

Albahaca

  • Calle Varela 17
  • tel:+34 958 22 49 23
  • Granada, 18009

This centrally located mesón (inn) is a family-owned restaurant that's popular with the locals for its lunch menus. If you're looking for an alternative to tapas, you'll find savory traditional granadino favorites and a cozy environment at this nook that you may have otherwise overlooked. Albahaca is the Spanish word for "basil," a basic cooking ingredient, and in appearance, Albahaca does seem rather simple, with a small number of tables and a homey interior. However, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the flavorful homemade entrecot en salsa roquefort (filet in roquefort sauce) and the house specialty, pastel de verduras (layered vegetables). The waitstaff is friendly and will welcome you as though you were family. Considering the quality and quantity of the food, the lunch menu for 15€ is more than reasonably priced. Save room for their homemade desserts! read more about Albahaca

Albayzín (El)

Albayzín (El)

  • Albayzín
  • Granada, 18009
Mirador de San Nicolas

Mirador de San Nicolas

After climbing up cobblestone hills through a maze of ancient Moorish houses in the Albayzín, you'll find the Mirador de San Nicolas. From this lookout point, you can see most of the city, including Granada Cathedral and, most prominently, the Alhambra. When planning your visit, take the time and weather forecast into consideration—it's a bit of a walk in the summer heat, and you'll have to decide whether you want to take pictures during the day, at sunset, or with the illuminated Alhambra at night. Because of all the tourists, there are also a number of people selling jewelry and other crafts. If you see something you can't pass up, don't hesitate to bargain, but be wary—the quality doesn't usually compare to what you can find in more legitimate stores at the foot of the Albayzín. Take a bus or walk from Plaza Nueva. It's recommended to take a taxi at night. Feature Image: comcinco/Flickr
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Restaurante San Nicolas

Restaurante San Nicolas

  • Calle San Nicolas 3
  • tel:(+34) 958 27 28 42, (+34) 958 80 42 62
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  • Granada, 18010

Even if it weren't for the exceptional views of the Alhambra from the dining rooms and terrace of San Nicolas, this restaurant would still be well-known for its exceptional service, food quality, and overall elegance.This former Carmen Granadino, a beautiful Moorish house dating back to the 16th century, features a garden, fountains in the entryway, and corridors adorned with Moorish decorations that echo the Alhambra's interior. In addition to a long list of tapas, San Nicolas has a tasting menu, over 200 wines, and a long list of desserts. The a la carte menu features traditional granadino cuisine with a creative twist. Favorites include the lomos de bacalao confitado sobre vichyssoise con almejas de carril y crujiente de setas (confit cod filets over vichyssoise and clams with a mushroom crust) . The overall ambience is intimate and sophisticated, yet comfortable—perfect for a romantic dinner.  Mains 36-50 €
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Arrayanes

Arrayanes

  • 4 Cuesta Marañas
  • tel:+34 958 228 401
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  • Granada, 18010

Can't squeeze in a trip to Marrakech? Arrayanes serves some of the best Moroccan cuisine in Granada. It's no surprise that this little piece of Northern Africa can be found at the foot of Granada's Albayzín (old Moorish district). Step into another world as you walk into a dining room decorated with azulejo (ceramic tiles), beautiful tapestries, and warm, romantic lighting. All food is halal, and the chef uses exotic spices from the Maghrebi regions of Northern Africa and the best ingredients from local markets. Specialties include tajines (braised, slow-cooked Moroccan stew with tender meats and flavorful sauces), pastelas (pastries filled with chicken or fish), and tender veal served over cous cous. There are also plenty of vegetarian options, but no alcohol (it's not halal). If you have any questions about the menu, manager Mustafá Bourgrine and his waitstaff can assist you—they speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, and Arabic.
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Le Chien Andalou

Le Chien Andalou