Spain ties with Sri Lanka as the lowest cost destination in the world for the British holidaymaker
The annual Post Office "Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer 2013" rates Spain as the lowest cost holiday destination in Europe and equal to Sri Lanka in the world for the British holidaymaker. In spite of the fall in the pound, falling prices make Spain a very economical destination for the British (and other European) tourists. The Euro's recent fall, post dating the report will make Spain even more attractive.
Spanish Holiday Cottages "Rated Excellent" by Trip Advisor .
The Trip Advisor award was based on feedback from our clients on every aspect of their holiday. As well as judging their overall holiday experience in the property, clients were asked to give ratings (on a five star system) to their experience of Check in, Cleanliness, Comfort, Location & Value. Rather impressively we rated ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ in all of our feedback – plus 100% of our guests said that they would stay with us again!
Events in Granada 2013
Links are provided to the events below where available, but be aware that, particularly for events later in the year, it might be some time before the various organizations provide information for 2013!
Milenio Reino de Granada 2013:1013
This year, Granada, considered to have been founded in 1013, celebrates its millennium. This will give a special flavour to the annual events noted below and a host of special events are planned: Exhibitions, artistic, cultural, historical; conferences and concerts; a gastronomic tour involving more than 20 Granada restaurants each presenting a "Millennium Menu". For more information, see here: http://milenioreinodegranada.es/
Update: Whilst €31m were allocated to the celebrations, Granada's politicians have been unable to agree on how to spend it! Two months into the millennium, almost nothing has been organized. Don't let this put you off. Granada remains one of Europe's most fascinating cities, and a thousand years of history needs no further elaboration to enjoy.
8-17 February: Carnaval - 8-17. A party atmosphere fills Granada during the carnival season, with an enormous range of street entertainments, musicians, dancing and processions. Many of the main festivities are held in and around the public plazas.
6-17 March: 25th Festival Internacional de Tango de Granada. The Festival offers spectacular shows, live music, dance classes, etc. where you can watch or take part in Tango dancing, photographic exhibitions, poetry readings, cultural debates and much more. http://www.eltango.com/
24-31 March: Semana Santa. The Granadinos take their Holy Week very seriously, and the Granada processions are quite spectacular. Two notable events are the "Silent Procession" on Thursday (when the street lights along the route are turned off and the procession takes place in absolute silence) and the "Gypsy Procession" on Wednesday (which goes through the Albaicín/Sacromonte quarter). During the Gypsy Procession, bonfires are lit along the route and stops are made every so often for "saetas" (traditional songs to the Virgin) to be sung.
Early April: Festival Internacional de Jovenes Realizadores (Granada International Festival of Young Filmmakers) - early April, many short films and screenings at cinemas and theatres throughout the city. Other festival highlights include workshops and awards. http://www.filmfest-granada.com/
3 May: Dia de la Cruz (Day of the Cross) - A major festival where public plazas, houses, patios and balconies across Granada are filled with crosses covered in flowers (Cruces de Mayo), together with a range of festivities, such as horse-riding and 'sevillanas' (traditional Andalucian dancing). A wonderful time to wander the streets of Granada enjoying drinks, tapas and the Granadinos on holiday..
May 27-June 2: Feria de Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi Fair) - A spectacular event of sensuous glamour and machismo, with fairgrounds, food and drink, competitions, concerts and dancing, bullfights, market stalls, parties, and crowds of both participants and spectators. Many locals appear wearing typical Andalusian dress, riding decorated horse drawn carriages or showing their skills on magnificent Andalusian horses. http://www.andalucia.org/en/corpus-christi-fair/
Festival Internacional de Música y Danza - Starting June 27th, concerts and events are held in the majestic Alhambra, the Generalife Gardens and the Cathedral, and in an assortment of venues across the city bringing the best flamenco, classical and jazz musicians to the city over the three weeks. http://www.granadafestival.org/elfestival2/el_festival_hoy/?L=1
Duende: Lorca y Granada en los Jardines del Generalife - July 23 - August 31 (not Sundays). A celebration of the work of the poet Federico García Lorca through flamenco, theatre and dance. This is a unique and magical event, not to be missed. Information (in Spanish) Tickets here.
Fiesta del Albayzin (Festival of the Albaicin) - late June / early July, a religious festival based around the Hermitage of San Miguel and St. Peter's Day on June 29th, with decorated streets, outdoor dancing events, horses and carriages, religious parades and music, lasting just over two weeks.
International Jazz Festival - late October, an extremely popular festival attracting many notable jazz musicians and performers from around the world, with concerts, films and seminars centred around the Isabel La Católica Theatre and the Alhambra Theatre. http://www.jazzgranada.es/
Hocus Pocus Festival - A week of performances and workshops by international magicians and illusionists, while amateurs perform in bars and on street corners. http://festivalhocuspocus.com/
Come, Taste a Traditional Spain
Properties in the Lecrin Valley, Güejar Sierra, Costa Tropical, Granada
Far from the busy resorts, yet within easy reach of cheap flights from the UK, you can still find the heart of traditional Spain. Our properties are all close to the fascinating, old Moorish city of Granada, dominated by the red walls of the Alhambra Palace - one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Learn Spanish in the beautiful Lecrin Valley! "Spanish Among the Orange Groves", based in the pretty village of Albunuelas, offers a programme of intensive Spanish courses with daily classes for small groups of max. 4 students. The Spanish classes are combined with leisure, sport and relaxation activities (walking, flamenco, horse-riding, mountain-biking and cookery courses) – the ideal way to enjoy an unforgettable holiday while learning Spanish in the most natural way.
Our friends at Spanish Highs are offering guided week long Lecrin Valley Walking Holidays and Day Trips.
And for those who enjoy even more of a challenge as part of their holiday - Makaluaventura now offers all kinds of adventure activities in the province of Granada. Choose from caving, canyoning, kayaking, zip-wire, parascending, ballooning, flying, 4x4 off-roading, quad-bikes, horse-riding, mountain-biking, cross country skiing, climbing, paintballing, and more. A Spanish-only website, however.
Granada is uniquely positioned between the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains (Europe's most southerly ski resort) and the Costa Tropical - where little known coves still nestle between craggy cliffs and chirimoya groves for those intrepid enough to explore and find them.
Holiday in Beautiful Living History...
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Close to this historic city and within easy reach of both the mountains and the coast - we can offer holiday properties in a choice of two wonderful locations... the famously beautiful Lecrin Valley and the traditional village of Güejar Sierra in its privileged setting in the heart of the Sierra Nevada National Park.
Ski Europe's most Southerly Ski Resort
At over 3000 metres, the Sierra Nevada ski resort historically enjoys great Spring snow conditions in a location where it is possible to ski in the morning, enjoy sunny tapas on the beach in the afternoon and flamenco the night away in historic Granada. Now that's a holiday!