Alhambra And Skiing In Spain

The long hot days of summer are slowly coming to end with nothing to look forward to now than the kids going back to school, and the normality that will last passing through Bonfire night the American presidential election, and the round of office party’s and then of course the New Year where we all vow we are going to give up smoking or lose that extra ten pounds that we have acquired from god knows where.

Why not start the year off the way you would like it to carry on by booking yourself a winter break to do something both exciting, and yet cultural at the same time like a visit to Alhambra and some snow skiing in Europe’s most southerly resort the Sierra Nevada.

A long weekend in the hippest city in Andalucía need not break the bank either, as you discover Granada’s Moorish past and the Arab influence that dominated all of Spain for hundreds of years.

The highlight of your visit will of course be Alhambra one of the most visited sights in the world.

Built in the 13th century by the ruler Mohammed Ibn Alhmar, Alhambra is visited by   thousands of tourists a year and is now UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to get here

Ryanair has recently stopped its service to Granada even though the flights were full which means now you either have to change in Madrid or better for the price get a cheap flight to Malaga, and then a bus from there to Granada which takes two hours and twenty minutes at a cost of 10€ each way. There are two direct buses from Malaga airport at 11:30 and 18:30 other buses depart from Malaga bus station.

 

Where to stay

Hostal / Pension Rodri

Calle Laurel de las Tablas, 9, 18002 Granada, Spain

This clean family run ten room hotel is in a great location for exploring all of Granada’s historic delights including Alhambra. How can you go wrong for the price of only 39€ per night for a double room which includes free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included but there are many local bars to go for your café con leche and tostada. And if you're after last minute accommodation deals you should definitely check out this website

 

 Where to eat

Bar Kiki

San Nicolas, Albayzin, Granada, Spain

Bar Kiki is a little gem of a place in the Albayzin serving traditional Andalucian tapas with you drinks. It is also the perfect place for dinner asks the waiter what he recommends to give you a taste of something you will remember. The local beer Alhambra reseva 1925 is extremely good but potent make sure you have at least one of what is possibly the best beer in Spain.

Skiing

Wake up early and get to the bus station to buy your bus tickets at any window that displays the sign ALSA it will cost you around 9€ for a roundtrip ticket with the journey taking about 50 minutes each way.

 

BUS TIMES

DURING THE SKI SEASON

 

GRANADA - SIERRA

(buses leave from bus station)

SIERRA NEVADA - GRANADA

(buses leave from PRADOLLANO)

Monday - Friday

8:00, 10:00, 17:00

9:00, 16:00, 18:30

Saturday, Sunday, holidays

8:00,10:00,15:00, 17:00

9:00, 13:00, 16:00, 18:30

A daily ski pass costs 26€ and ski equipment rental for the day is 23€, when you finish skiing grab something to eat at the resort before the bus ride back to town where you can have a quiet night before flying out in the morning.

A word of advice is not to forget the sunscreen as most of the days will be sunny enough for you to catch some rays.

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 Alhambra and Skiing

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Jonathan Ross loves adventures and has visited over 50 countries, mostly in Europe and Africa. When not traveling, Jonathan lives in LA where he's dedidcated on writing his about his travel experiences.

Comments

Awesome information

Another great read from the blog here, neatly and practically written, guiding tourists with actual fares, timings, and vital information needed for tourists!

Some very good information

Some very good information right here. So basically, for around 200 Euros (that includes food costs, hotel cost, skiing costs), you can have a decent time over there.