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SUMMER IN THE CITY

Mirador de San Nicolás, Granada, Spain

Enjoy Granada during summer time! The months of July and August offer a wide range of fantastic venues!

The heath has arrived to the Alhambra city. The small streets of the Albaicín are full of small corners where people find shelter from the strong sun. The terraces are filled with granadinos and visitors just enjoying a good cold beer and a tasty fresh tapa.

Summer fills every corner of Granada with culture. You can get soaked in with tons of music, dance, movies, and many summer festivals that are held all over the city.

Also, there are plenty of public pools and water parks if you are in the mood of a good cold dip in the water to forget about the intense heath. And at night, a fresh terrace with good views, a good movie in one of the many summer theaters around the city or just enjoy a nice walk.

We specially recommend the open air cinema sessions and  Flamenco and music performances at the Museo del Sacromonte.

Also Sierra Nevada National Park is not only to enjoy during winter and ski season. During the summer there are a lot of options for the adventurers (hiking, mountain biking, horse riding). If you like extreme sports or only to enjoy beautiful sceneries, this is your place for the season. From Pradollano, the main town of the ski and mountain station, you can start a lot of hiking routes of every level of difficulty and even use the cableway to reach those highest points in the mountain. Another interesting spot to visit is Hoya de la Mora with beautiful nature and sceneries to enjoy. If you are lucky you can even spot some mountain goats along the way. Once the snow has melted, it is impressive how rich is the nature up there and all the amazing activities to enjoy.

You can enjoy a wide range of concerts in Granada, from classical to opera, flamenco and rock. As a popular university city, always associated with creativity, it has plenty of smaller venues catering to eclectic tastes.

The main venues in terms of capacity are Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Palacio de Deportes de Granada, and the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Granada, the largest covered auditórium in Andalucia. Two of the most outstanding historically are the Palacio Carlos V, and the Generalife summer gardens, both part of the Alhambra complex.

In terms of concert halls, Teatro Alhambra and Teatro Isabel la Catolica offer classical and flamenco performances.

Smaller venues are mostly found around the Realejo area, near Campo de Principe where many students go out - look out for Placeta de Strummer, a small square named after Joe Strummer, who lived in Granada in the 1970s and 1980s. Check out Planta Baja, Sala El Tren, Café Tertulia and Sala Booga Club. Also the Calle Pedro Antonio de Alarcon has plenty of diverse bars with live music.

For flamenco, try the Jardines de Zoraya, in the Albaicin district, while Eshavira in Calle Elvira has jazz and flamenco.

Granada holds the famous Music and Dance Festival every year from June to July, with concert venues including the open-air theatre in the Generalife, the summer gardens of the Alhambra, and the unusual circular courtyard of the 16th-century Palacio Carlos V.

When the Music and Dance Festivsl comes to an end, the programme Lorca and Granada in the Generalife Gardens starts. This venue was created in 2002 by the Junta of Andalucía, as the major cultural offer for Granada's summer evenings. Each year it pays tribute to Lorca's work through flamenco theatre and dance. Shows staged over the years have included Poeta en Nueva York, by Blanca Li, and Romancero Gitano and Yerma, by Cristina Hoyos. According to statistics, the shows have been seen by over 400,000 people so far and enjoy average ticket sales of 90%.

 

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