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Flex Friday travel guide: Granada
Published 1 months ago
How to spend 72-hours in Granada
Nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is a city teeming with history, from Moorish palaces to Baroque churches. Fast-forward to modern-day and you’ll find a thriving bohemian café culture in the Jewish quarter, flamenco cave shows and that most time-honoured of regional traditions still burning strong: free tapas.
Our man on the ground in Granada is photographer & content creator, Isma Harb Vera. He knows a secret or two about local cuisine, the best spot to get your caffeine fix and the rugged landscape of Andalucía.
Eat — Betula Nana
Tapas culture might thrive in Granada but head to Betula Nana for a 'finer' dining experience. There are only 6 tables available in this quaint old-world restaurant with a gourmet streak, so you’ll want to secure a spot in advance. Expect a mix of classic Andalucían and contemporary flavours: duck risotto, mushroom carpaccio and codfish ceviche being a few of the standout dishes.
"You can’t go wrong with Betula Nana. You can enjoy local and fusion cuisine with excellent wines. It’s owned by a very charming couple and their son”.
- John Doe
Sip — Noat Coffee
Yes, Granadans are just as enthusiastic about their coffee as you. And Noat is one of the premier third-wave roasters in the city.
If coffee isn't for you, grab a cup of tea in one of the many Arabic tea houses on the busy little street of Calle Calderería Nueva.
“Noat Coffee is in Realejo, the old Jewish town and most alternative part of Granada”.
- John Doe
Shop — Fajalauza
Traditional Fajalauzan ceramics date back to the 16th century and often feature the pomegranate, symbol of the city. Many artisan workshops continue to produce this distinctive hand-painted earthenware. Fajaluaza happens to be one of the oldest — passed on from father to son since 1517. Head over to grab a worthy souvenir and peep into the workshop.
“Fajalauza is one of the most famous ceramics stores in Spain and very typical of Granada. It’s been running for five centuries, with its origins in the Mozarab era”.
- John Doe
Go — Güéjar Sierra
Andalucía boasts the most-varied terrain in all of Spain, from mountainous peaks to pine forests and pristine olive groves. The quaint village of Güéjar Sierra ('Switzerland of Southern Spain) is the starting point for a spot of active tourism. Hike through the Sierra Nevada natural park, take in the breathtaking views and re-energise after with time-honoured regional cuisine.
“For excursions, I recommend Güéjar Sierra. It’s only 20 minutes away from the city centre by car. You’ll see the Sierra Nevada mountain range, rivers, wildlife and impressive views of the Mulhacén. Head back to the main village to try some of their local products and tapas in a very charming atmosphere”.