Granada



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Granada
Granada offers a variety of shopping experiences, from lively, modern streets to quiet alleys with workshops selling local handicrafts; however, most prices are quite high compared with the UK. The pedestrianised Calle de los Mesones, with its designer shops and buskers, is a real treat to wander down in the evening; a good selection of handicrafts can be found in and around Plaza Nueva, including hand-made guitars, weaving, basketry, leather goods, ornate Moorish-style lamps and ceramics; Plaza Bib-Rambla has a selection of market stalls selling mainly flowers. During the daytime activities include sightseeing, including the Alhambra, Palace of Charles V and lovely Generalife gardens, the magnificent 16th- to 18th-century cathedral with lavish façades and cavernous interior, the spectacular Monastery de la Cartuja with its extravagant frescoed interior, various churches such as San Pedro y San Pablo and San Nicolas in Albaicin, for views of the Alhambra; Sacromonte Hill, famous for its cave dwellings. The nightlife here offers lots of bars, many offering "tapas" along with the drinks at no extra cost, there are flamenco shows or "zambras" in the caves of the Sacromonte quarter, there is a a couple of nightclubs which stage local folklore shows, there are plenty of discos, an extensive year-round programme of cultural events including theatre, jazz, and music and dance festivals. There are mediocre Chinese restaurants and pizzerias abound, and there is an abundance of cafes surrounding the squares. More upmarket dining can be found in some hotels, especially near the Alhambra, although prices can be steep. Some of the best value-for-money dining can be had at the country inns or "ventas" found in the villages around the fringes of the city.