Granada: 2 Days On A Budget
Granada is a beautiful little city in the South of Spain. If you’re traveling Europe on a budget, and want to save some money, here’s an itinerary that will help you plan your trip.
Located at the foot of the snowy Sierra Madre mountains, the city of Granada is full of history and character. Because it was once a Muslim kingdom, much of the city is built with Islamic architecture and influence that remains today.
Boasting a vibrant population of university students, free appetizers with every glass of wine, skiing in the mountains, and Mediterranean beaches only an hour away, it’s the perfect town to visit for a weekend while traveling through Spain.
On the outskirts of Granada there’s a Roma (gypsy) neighborhood build into the side of a hill, where the inhabitants live in caves. Most of the caves are pretty nice these days. But you can also visit the Sacromonte Cave Museum to see what life was like here 100 years ago. If you climb to the very top of the hill, you’ll find a community of hippies squatting in caves that are slightly less-nice. But very interesting nonetheless.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Albayzín district has narrow cobblestone streets that are very easy to get completely lost in. You’ll find plaques in Spanish and English that describe the history of certain buildings, like the old Arab Bath complex. Higher up is the popular San Nicholas Mirador, with a breathtaking view of Alhambra Palace across the valley.