Since I´ve been living in Granada I´ve learned what is Typical in Granada.

Noticing lots of things that only seem to happen in this city.

Perhaps you have made similar observations when you visited Granada.

Typical in Granada Spain

Taxi with wing mirrors in. Albayzin Granada

Taxi with wing mirrors in. Albayzin Granada

A boar in the bar

In April last year a wild boar went into a newly opened Tapas bar.   Just off Puerta Real is below Calle Angel Ganivet. It´s rare for these animals to venture into the city.

There are lots of Wild boar in the countryside around Granada province and also in the land around the Alhambra. This one had walked down from the Alhambra into the city and ended up in Volapie. The poor creature suffered distress as it was trapped inside the toilets and couldn´t get out.

Sierra Nevada Spain

Snow and Sand in a day

You may already know that when in Granada it´s possible to see sand and snow in the same day. Visit the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the morning and head for a late lunch by the sea at Playa Granada, Motril on the Costa Tropical. (1 hour car drive approx)

The Sierra Nevada is the only Spanish Natural Park on the protected list of  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) selected due to it´s fragile mountain ecosystem and cultural heritage.

The Costa Tropical is the only Subtropical microclimate in Europe. This geography allows for the cultivation tropical fruits such as bananas, avocadoes and mangoes. Due to the variety of geographies and climates in such a small radius Granada is often used as a destination for testing new cars and for elite sports training too.

 

Fiestas and Tapas

Granada as most Spanish cities has it´s fair share of fiestas. However the traditions are slightly different from other Andalusian towns. The Crosses of May are on the first weekend in May. This celebration reminds me a little of the Patios of Cordoba, in Granada Crosses are decorated with flowers and placed in patios or squares around the city. This certainly is one of the best times to be in the city.

Another popular fiesta is Corpus Christi, celebrated Mid-June, this is the main feria in Granada. It is on for just over a week. One of the oldest traditions is the Tarasca procession. This custom has French origins and dates to the 16th century. The Tarasca is a dragon like figure which is paraded along the streets. Also forming the parade are giant figures on stits and lots of people wearing oversized papier mache heads dancing along the streets.

You may have already heard about the tapas in Granada. It´s one of the few places in Spain which offers free tapas with a drink in the cities bars. Jaen and Almeria still do too.

Paseo del Salon Escapada a Granada

 

What is Malafolla Granina?

Granada is infamous for it´s Malafollá. I will try my best to define this typical characteristic of the locals. This attitude is slightly pessimistic and sometimes ironic. People from outside Granada may misunderstand the attitude for surliness, indifference or even rudeness.

You may believe that a waiter in a bar or a Rober bus drive seems brusque or unfriendly but its probably just a little dose of malafollá granina.

Mirador de San Nicolas Granada Spain

The Best Sunset in the world

According to Bill Clinton, the view from El Mirador at St. Nicolas is “the best sunset in the world. To enjoy it, find out the sunset times for the day you are visiting and head up to the Albaicin.

If you prefer a seat, pop over to El Huerto de Juan Ranas just below the mirador.

Typical in Granada this is a great spot watch the sun go down over the city and the Alhambra palace.

typical in Granada

Speaking Granaino

There are certainly plenty of expressions that seem to be only in Granada. Milnoh and apañá are two that immediately spring to mind.

Milnoh refers to the local lager Alhambra Reserva 1925 this is so popular here that it has it´s own nickname, the full name shortened to 1925, in Spanish this is Mil Novecientos veinte cinco, so that´s how you get to Milnoh. This beer is actually available in Europe in some stockists so look out for it, it´s one of my favourites.

Apañao is short for Apañado: This means someone who is handy, practical. It can also mean good looking too.

This word constantly crops up in the Granada vocabularly.

Click on this links to see more Granada phrases or see the video below with subtitles to help you decipher the lyrics..