Granada is rich with history and spectacular architecture. The city is still heavily influenced by its Moorish roots and you will smell hookahs, couscous, and incense everywhere you go. Visit the Alhambra and bike ride along the outskirts of the city to view the scenic country roads. There are countless museums, monuments and statues worth seeing and exploring which are perfect for the budget-minded traveler. My favorite thing about the city is getting lost in the winding streets of the old Moorish area near the Alhambra.
- Hostel Prices: Hostels are very cheap here and dorm rooms start at $14 USD a night.
- Budget Hotel Prices: Most budget hotels start at $68 USD for two people per night.
- Average Cost of Food: You can get cheap tapas and meals for around $7-14 USD. That will include about 3 or 4 tapas. If you want wine included, expect to spend about $20 USD per meal. A good restaurant meal will set you back around $27 USD. Cheap food like McDonalds and Maoz cost around $6.75 USD. If you buy your own food, expect to spend about $40 USD for a week’s supply of groceries.
- Transportation Costs: Bus rides typically cost $1.75 each way and can take you wherever you need to go within city limits. A pack of 16 tickets costs $14.
Top Things to Do
- Visit the Alhambra Palace – The Alhambra is one of Granada’s most famous sights. It is a palace and a fortress from the Nasrid dynasty. Islamic architecture and artwork is very stunning. The Moorish architecture is wonderful and you get stunning views of the city. You need to get their early in order to get a ticket into the palace itself as only a limited number are available. Otherwise you can simply roam around the gardens.
- Bicycle – Whether you cycle by yourself throughout Granada or cycle as part of a group, it’s the way to see the city. Cycling from Granada to Seville is spectacular and can be led by a tour guide. With a combination of flat terrain and hills, the scenery makes for a spectacular trip.
- Visit Mirador de San Nicolas. The square is also a nice lookout point, with a great view of Alhambra. The sunset is also nice here.
- Sierra Nevada – If you can, take a guided tour of the Sierra Nevada’s which will bring you to the highest mountain range in all of Europe. They aren’t far and can be done as a day trip but better off as an overnight trip or a separate excursion.
- Casa del Chapiz - These two 16th century mansions form into one, and there’s a courtyard with several galleries that are great to visit.
- Hammam – Arab Baths – A modern spa reconstructing the ambiance and decorations of the ancient Muslim baths in Granada. It is a good way nowadays to relax and cool off. They are some of the best baths in Spain.
- Eat cheap – Many casual dining restaurants and bars will give you some free tapas if you are buying drinks.