Advantages Beautiful city, good transport links.
Disadvantages Not much English spoken by locals
To get to Granada in Andalucia, the cheapest thing to do is score a cheap flight off the internet to traditional loud-mouthed Brit destination, Malaga ;-) and then hop on a cheap as cheap can be coach down to Granada for just eight euros. To do this, simply get on the number 19 bus at Malaga airport, which will take you to the bus station, then ask at the ticket office for Granada. Very easy.Once in Granada, a number of options are open to you. Sta travel (evil swines) will tell you there are no hostels in Granada, and will sell you one for Madrid (thanks guys). Run a mile, and when you get to Granada, just hop in a taxi and say "una hostal, por favor". They will cost around fifteen euros per night and are sufficient for your needs.
For partying, I recommend the absolutely beautiful Granada 10 ("dee-eth") which is a converted theatre, and you will need smart shoes to get in. It's situated on Gran Via de Colon, the big main street. Otherwise, you could go up to the more trainer friendly Camborio - but I recommend a taxi ride for this, though it does command beautiful views of the Alhambra.Speaking of the Alhambra, do not miss it. You can walk up the huge hill and wander around admiring the views, or you can get the bus for 80 cents. It's caught from Plaza Nueva and is marked "Alhambra Bus". Admission for the palace is 9 euros and tickets should ideally be bought a couple of days before. They're available most easily from the BBVA bank everywhere in Granada.
Once there, an audioguide is 3 euros, and is worth it, giving a history etc, as audioguides tend to do, given by a disembodied voice that doesn't sound human (hey that's mean - I've been one of those voices before, you know! Everbody's gotta make a living.)The top of this moorish palace gives a wonderfull view over the whole city and Albaicin (old and posh area of houses, all whitewashed in the traditional style) and then you turn around, and Bang!
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