A quick recap of some of last month’s top free things to do in Granada:
Watching the sunset over the Alhambra from the Mirador San Nicolas, intercambios (free language exchange), tapas (each one comes free with a drink), people-watching (there is never a shortage of characters walking the streets), and of course reading Granada Insider Magazine.
Another fun and totally free way to spend your day is traversing the many hiking trails that Granada has to offer. The mountains are a perfect backdrop for any outdoor excursion. If you decide to make the trip, you can catch the number 3 bus from the city centre to the central bus station and catch the bus from there. Though it isn’t completely free to get there, bus fare should only come out to about 3 Euros.
As a city made up mostly of students, it’s not surprising that there are locations all over the city with free Wi-Fi. Walking down the street you’re sure to see cafes, restaurants, bars, and even hookah bars with signs advertising wireless capability for their customers. So, if you need to take a break from your adventures around Granada and check your email, you’ll be sure to find a place to do so, one of the most laid back and coolest spots is Picaro, Calle Varela. If you’re lucky someone might even be playing some musical delight on the piano.
If you’re looking for a dose of daily news just take a walk through Puerta Real or down Gran Vía early enough in the morning and grab a copy of 20 Minutos (should really be called something more like 6 or 7 Minutos). This free newspaper gives a very quick summary of local news in Granada.
Attempting to find yourself a Spanish boyfriend or girlfriend is a sure way to pass some time and (generally) is absolutely free. Flirting in broken Spanish and the inevitable confusion that follows does not cost a thing, except maybe your dignity, which, let’s be honest, isn’t all that important anyway.
Whether you smoke cigarettes or not you had better expect a free lung-full of smoke when you go out to many of Granada’s bars and restaurants. But get this free second hand smoke in quick. As come January the law is expected to change and no more smoking in bars or restaurants. So get ready for a healthy dose of second hand smoke (without the fun of a nicotine buzz). But hey, at least it doesn’t cost you anything.
You might be surprised to hear this (but if you’ve been in Granada for longer than a day, then you shouldn’t be) that there is graffiti all over the city. Walls entirely covered with the work of the renowned El Nino de Las Pinturas can be found all over the city. All you have to do is walk out your front door and take a tour of some of the most incredible art that this city has to offer. And it doesn’t cost you a thing!
Botellón: Enjoy the very Spanish phenomenon of the botellón. A social gathering of young Spanish people and Erasmus students who get together to drink for cheap before moving on to bars or clubs. A great way to save money, meet people and practice the español. In Granada you will find a weekly botellón attended by thousands at the aptly named botellóndromo a.k.a the car park of Hipercor on Calle Arabial.
If you still have not got your fill of free stuff check out some of the best local classified websites, some of the best things that we have found there: Free friendship, bikes, books and more. Loqou.es and Mundoanuncios.com (the Spanish equivalents to Craigslist) are good places to start your search.