Let’s talk about tapas. Tapas in Granada are, as some would say, next level. Tapas in Granada are when you pay 2-euros for a drink and are gifted a plate of something substantial. In Madrid, when you order a drink, you usually will get a bowl of olives or potato chips with it. In Granada, IN GRANADA I SAID, you may get any of the following plates with your ~2-euro drink:
- Paella (Bodegas Castañeda - special housemade vermouth from a barrel as well)
- Potatoes with ali-oli (Bar Aixa)
- Meatballs with patatas fritas (La Porrona)
- A mini hamburger with patatas fritas (La Botilleria - amazing, would eat sit-down dinner here)
- A piece of bread with a slice of jamón, olive oil, tomato, and olives (Taberna La Tana - for wine lovers and everyone)
- Sliced chorizo in a wine sauce (Bar La Riviera - you get to choose the tapa you’d like!)
- Patatas caseras with bacon, onion, and a creamy cheesy sauce (Bar La Riviera)
- A plate of fried sardines (Bar Los Diamantes, go early otherwise very crowded, one of the most well-known in Granada)
- Tosta with guacamole and squid (El Cambalache, this was incredible)
And there is so much more! So much more, the list goes on and on. Moral of the story: after your beautiful day seeing the Alhambra, go on a self-guided tapas tour! Start early to avoid crowds. Or go late if you like the crowds! If you see people outside an establishment with drinks and a small plate of food, it usually means you’ll get that plate of food free with your drink.
Now let’s talk about ice cream. Helados San Nicolas, right by the viewpoint, which will seem like an outdoor party. Vendors abound at the Mirador, people gather for the view of the Alhambra and the rest of the city. I had a beautiful purple cone of lavender ice cream while looking at the Alhambra from a few ways away. A bit more peaceful. And there’s a splendid backdrop of the Alhambra in the shop for a photo-op!
The special dessert of Granada is the Pionono - a very VERY sweet little cake with sweeter sweet stuff on top named after Pope Pius IX who was supposed to come to Granada but didn’t (according to a tour guide?). The dessert remains. I enjoyed a spontaneous eclair from a bakery in Plaza Larga even more. Be free with your food choices. You never know what could surprise you.
So what are you waiting for?? Go get some tapas in Granada! The Andalucian weather is just one of the many draws.