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The Best of Granada

By Frank Thomas Subscribe to RSS | December 5th 2011 | Views:

Granada has much to offer besides the history, natural landscapes and monuments. There are other aspects of Granada which can only be appreciated through a longer stay which can be experienced through the lifestyle of the locals.

Local Festivals

There are many types of fiestas or festivals celebrated in Granada where folklore and tradition intertwine snugly. On the second day of the New Year, there is the Reconquista Fiesta which celebrates the Reconquest of the region with many processions. The town hall raises the banners of many catholic kings of Spain.

April sees the celebration of Easter week with the beautifully decorated and somber processions. The sobriety turns into joy and laughter at the end of the week to celebrate the purpose of the occasion.

At the beginning of May, the Day of the Cross is widely celebrated with raised crosses of beautiful and vibrant flowers while the International Theater Festival comes on at the end of the same month.

Then the famous Corpus Cristi is widely celebrated with processions and bullfights which are actively participated by both the locals and tourists. The end of June sees pilgrims arriving in various modes for the Albaicin Festival. One can hear the trotting of horses and horse driven coaches into the

town to participate in paying homage to San Miguel.

There will always be dancing and music in all of Granada’s festivals which are held widely throughout its towns and surroundings.

Gastronomy Deals

The fantastic location of Granada allows it to enjoy and offer many great tastes of the kitchen. Geographically located between the sea and the mountains, one can enjoy fresh seafood and forest game easily.

The high Granada mountain ranges offer the best regional specialty known as the reputed Jamón de Trevelez cured ham while Ajo Blanco gives a delicious almond cold soup from the coastal area. There is also the grilled sardine offering while fried bread and chicken in tomato sauce tastes sumptuous in the mountain region.

Spanish omelette, fried beans with cured ham and chicken with garlic are some of the exquisite tastes of Granada.

Desserts are very much part of the tantalizing menu of any meal in Granada. These are more of Moorish tradition with almonds, honey and egg yolks. The famous Piononos are crème filled pastries which are well liked by all who have a bit of them.


It is always vibrant at night in Granada with the numerous bars and pubs offering music, singing, dancing, tapas and beer. The whole region is alive throughout the summer with some concerts in the gardens.

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