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Trips from Granada

Hey hey, maybe you are considering to do a trip to another city this weekend (or the next). There are sooo many choices for cities to visit, so if you are not sure yet where to go to, we got you covered with some of our recommendations 😉

1 – SevilleOne of the most beautiful cities in Spain, and the capital of the province of Andalucia. It has a lot of culture and a lot of place perfect for sightseeing!2 – Málaga

Malaga is the city of the sun, with all the great beaches you’re expecting. This is also the city where Pablo Picasso grew up, so you can understand why it was presented as a candidate for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

3 – Madrid

The capital of Spain possesses very modern infrastructure but still has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. This is the place to be if you want to see museums and enjoy a great nightlife.

4 – Salamanca

One of the most beautiful cities of Spain, without any doubt. In 1988, it has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. But more than being a great city, it has also one of the most important universities in Spain and famous for receiving a lot of Erasmus students.

5 – Ibiza

The most famous island in the world to have the best parties of your life ! It attracts a lot a tourists thanks to its incredible nightlife and white sand beaches. But don’t think it is only a party-island, its old city and port in Ibiza Town are also recognized to be great.

6 – Barcelona

The Catalan capital is maybe the most attractive city of the country. It is also the most cosmopolitan city, always in excitement. A city that is artistic as well as economic.

7 – Canarias

The Canary Islands archipelago is the most southerly region of Spain. It offers incredible landscapes and wonderful beaches to enjoy.

8 – Cádiz

Very close to Sevilla, this is the place you have to go if you want to take a break from university during the week-end and enjoy sun and great points of view. It has also a very famous carnival (this weekend!!!). Go to see La Caleta beach, famous not only in Cádiz but in the whole Spain.

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3 easy steps for a perfect night-out in Granada

Let’s be honest here: If you are in Granada and you spend most of your time indoor, you probably do Granada wrong. As the nightlife here in Granada is so vibrant and bustled, it is so tempting to be out every night (trust me I know what I am talking about). However, since there are too many places that you can go to, here are some of my personal recommendations that might help you to have a perfect night out 😉

Step 1: Getting tipsy

There are so many way to prepare yourself for a party, but the most important thing is “don’t get hammered…just yet”. You can have your drink at home, go to tapas bar, going to a Bottelón or if you are in a hurry, go straight to Chupiteria 69 and get some shots (no matter what other people suggest, just don’t order the shot number 28).

Step 2: Finding a pub/bar/club

Granada is jam-packed with pubs/clubs, so make a decision where to go to can be quite difficult. To simplify that thought process, here are some of my personal recommendations. Just one quick note, as it’s Spain we are talking about, so these places only start to be filled up at around 2am.

Pub Legend

Legend might not the biggest pub, but I’m sure it can be hella fun. The pub consists of 2 floors: On the top floor, the music is softer, mainly used for drinking and relaxing after dancing constantly; On the bottom floor, there is a DJ playing rather dancy music, so take your chance and work that dance floor. Drinks are not that expensive, so you do not have to worry about suddenly getting sober during the night. In my experience, Legend is good to go to any day of the week.

La Sal

So, you’re a group of girls that badly want to dance like no one is looking, but you are worried that some creepy guys will start to randomly grind on you? Or you’re a few guy that got tired of buying drinks for others but have never received any? Look no further, La Sal is perfect for you, no matter if you are defined as gay, straight, helicopter, etc. The music playing is mainly pop, so it’s extremely easy to dance and lip-sync to.

Mae West

Mae West is one of the more famous clubs in Granada. The club itself is gorgeous, and its location is quite central. However, the music is rather generic and can be repetitive from time to time. I personally only go there if I have goof companies, as the vibe of the club can be rather wannabe and pretentious. Despite of being a hit-or-miss, give it a go when you have a chance to.In order to be there at the right time, keep your eye on their events on Facebook.

Booga Club

Are you tired of listening to mainstream music every single time you’re out? Funk is the most played music here, and combining with the spacious dance floor, it can’t get better than that. There is an entrance fee, but for a fresh breath of air such as Boogie, it’s totally worth it in my opinion. Personally I would be there toward the weekend.

Step 3: After party

And there are you, leaving the party, hungry as usual. Thank to the almighty, kebabs can be bought all around Granada throughout the night, especially on Pedro Antonio de Alarcón street. Furthermore, if you are getting too shitfaced, don’t be hesitant and just hop on a taxi. The taxi fee here in Granada is not that expensive, and by doing so, you can guarantee to get back to your bed safe and sound.

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Celebrating Spring in Spain

Seven glorious ways to celebrate Spring in Spain:

1. See a procession during Semana Santa
An effigy of the Christ is carried during an Easter procession in Sevilla Photo: AFPSpain is famous for its Holy Week traditions, from the elaborate processions in Seville to the religious ceremonies in the Castilla-Leon region. Some regions of the country, like Murcia, can’t get enough of the celebrations, and extend the festivals with the arrival of spring as their excuse. Murcia’s “festival of spring” is celebrated in the week immediately following holy week and features live music parades, dance performances, and a even a whole day dedicated to meat pies. If spring isn’t enough of a reason to celebrate, meat pies definitely are.

2. Dance, dance, dance!

Photo: Santiago Periel / PrimaveraSound

Spring sees the start of music festivals all across Spain. The Primavera Sound Music Festival in Barcelona brings together hundreds of international artists,for a week of performances beginning the end of May.

3. Watch the season change at a botanical garden.

Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

The Museo del Prado in Madrid houses some of Europe’s most important masterpieces, including Velazquez’s Las Meninas and Rubens’ The Three Graces. The only thing that could rival these artworks is nature’s own masterpieces, including the Botanical Gardens and Paseo del Prado, which are at their peak in the Spring. Walk along the Paseo on your way to the Museum and explore the gardens, which are right next the Prado’s Murillo gate, on your way out.

4. Outdoor Yoga Classes

Photo: Eugene Gologursky/ AFP

There are two types of people in the world: the year round yogis who always feel ~zen~ and look fit, and those of us who feel the beach days approaching and need to replace hibernation body with summer body immediately. Regardless of which one you are, Madrid’s Retiro Park is at peak beauty during the spring and outdoor exercise classes are in full swing. To reward yourself after a good workout, head to the lake to sunbathe or catch a ride on one of the rowing boats.

5.Sip a sunset cocktail on a rooftop terrace

Atop the Bellas Artes, one of the best views in Madrid. Photo: Azoteca

In case you have not picked up on this yet, Spanish social life revolves around food and drink. Whether you’re meeting up for an aperitivo before lunch, or a copa of tinto de verano and tapas as the sun sets, rooftop terraces are the best place to meet. As the days start to get warmer and longer,head for the skies, with a drink in hand.

6. Gaze in wonder at spring blossoms

Photo:Tourismo Valle de Jerte

In Spain you can have it all—including am entire región of mountains covered in a blanket of white without the freezing temperatures of winter snow. Head to the Jerte Valley in Spain’s Extremadura región to see more than two million cherry trees blossom and cover the mountainsides in a sea of white flowers. This flowering period only lasts around 10 days in March, and is followed by a Cherry Blossom Fiesta in the region. If you can’t make it out to the Jerte Valley, Madrid has it’s own cherry blossoms, especially in the Quinta de los Molinos park.

7. Take a hike

Sure, you could hike the route of the Almoravids and Almohads during the dead of winter, or walk the famous Camino de Santiago under Spain’s sweltering summer sun. But Spain’s spring season is undeniably the best time to embark on the hundreds of sightseeing and heart pumpingroutes around the country. Check out the Silver route that dates back to the first century and links the valleys and plains of northern Spain with the lush country of the south. If you’re short on time or looking to explore a more urban area, try a two day hike through Santander’s historic quarter and famous rocky beaches.

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