Other activities in and around Granada

Overview

For visitors wishing to strike a balance between culture, cuisine, creativity and cramming some action in, a wealth of activity opportunities exist at little distance from the doorstep of Casa de las Granadas.

Skiing

The Sierra Nevada ski season runs normally from November to April. As Europe’s southernmost ski resort, Sierra Nevada / Sol y Nieve / Prado Llano is surprisingly popular and, equally surprisingly, large. With 79 pistes, an abundance of bars and restaurants, it becomes a mini-metropolis for much of the winter months, the only evidence of which, down at Granada city level in the sun, is the occasional snow-covered vehicle passing by on the circunvalacion wielding snow-chains and skis. See the Estacion de Esqui Sierra Nevada section in the around Granada page for more details.

Walking

The countryside around Granada and further afield offers an astonishing amount and variety of walks.
The sections on the Sierra Huetor, Sierra Nevada, and Las Alpujarras in around Granada give some idea of the terrain. Whilst route-finding isn’t technically too challenging in Andalucia, some consideration needs to be given to temperatures and availability of shelter, transport and water. Distances covered often can be longer than in the UK, so adequate supplies and gear need to be taken.

Some walking literature is available in Casa de las Granadas and stacks more information, maps and books can be provided upon request, as we are keen walkers ourselves and more than happy to help.

Hiking in the Sierra Nevada

Golf

There are three golf courses near Granada each about half an hour by car from Casa de las Granadas (we are about equidistant between them). They are:

www.golfinspain.com provides useful summaries of the 3 courses. Green fees, for example, are 34 to 39 euros for a weekday.

Horse-riding

At Hoya de la Mora, just above the Sierra Nevada ski station, it is possible to arrange short horse treks (“Paseos a Caballo”) of 2 hours duration across to Laguna de las Yeguas for around 35 euros per person. Telephone 659 849 688. The guide doesn’t speak much English.

In Las Alpujarras, treks can be made via www.spain-horse-riding.com. Based in Bubion, in the Poqueira Gorge, Dallas Love offers treks from 35 euros for 2 hours, 75 euros for a day, including lunch, and upwards.

Flamenco

For Flamenco shows, see the Sacromonte and Flamenco section on the Granada page.

Flamenco classes, in English or Spanish, are available at Cueva la Retama, Veredillas de San Cristobal 19, only 3 minutes’ walk from Casa de las Granadas, below the Mirador de San Cristobal. Telephone 958 295 546, or mobile 627 641 423, or email : cuevalaretama@yahoo.es

Classes are also available at the language school Escuela Carmen de las Cuevas (see the Learning Spanish section below for details.)

Hammams (Arab Baths) and Spas

Post-traipsing treatment at an Arab baths is an ideal way to perk up tired limbs in preparation for a night-time of flamenco. There are more details in the Hammams section on the Albayzin page.

The spa complex in Lanjaron www.balneariodelanjaron.com offers a wide array of treatments and programs (45 minutes from Granada at the entrance to Las Alpujarras).

Spanish Courses in the Albayzin

There are a variety of language schools in the Albayzin. Two reputable schools both of which are near to Casa de las Granadas are the Castila Language School and La Escuela Carmen de las Cuevas. The latter also offer flamenco courses.

Private one to one tuition is also available for around 20 euros per hour. Please ask us for details.

Painting and Drawing

A British painter resident in Baza offers painting courses in Granada. His website is www.matthewtattonartist.co.uk.

Painting and drawing classes for any level of student are offered in Granada by a South American artist who speaks English, for around 20 euros per hour. Ask us for more details.

Music and annual festivals

See the Cultural Facilities section in the Granada page for details of the theatres etc.
 
Apart from the International Festival of Music and Dance in July, each year the city of Granada holds a Festival of Tango in March, an International Jazz Festival in November, has a programme of classical concerts throughout the year at the Manuel de Falla Concert Hall , and has a fair number of buskers in its calles and plazas. There is also an International Jazz Festival held in July in Almunecar on the Costa Tropical. Another annual jamboree is the Festival of Magic in Granada in November.

Pop concerts are held at the Plaza de Toros, the Palacio de Congresos, and slightly further afield in, for example, Atarfe, one of the suburbs of Granada. Details of what’s on can be picked up at the Tourist information offices or from the Pocket Guia – which you can buy from kiosks around the city.