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Shopping in Granada

Shopping in Granada offers plenty of opportunities to spend, spend, spend.

Key areas

The best places to find distinctive Granada artisanry such as beautiful, intricate marquetry boxes and trays, and traditional green-and-white ceramics with the pomegranate emblem, are Cuesta de Gomérez (the street leading up to the Alhambra), the Alcaicería (the old Moorish silk exchange converted to a shopping arcade), and Calle Calderería Nueva in the lower Albaicín.

Calderería Nueva also sells alternative goods such as natural cosmetics and attractive Moroccan lamps, mirrors, slippers, hookers and North African pottery and is dotted with offbeat Asian-style tea houses. Good shops to check include Artesanía Carlos López, Alcaicería 10, and nearby Cerámica Fabre, Calle Pescadería.

For fashionable clothes and shoes head to Calle de los Mesones, a long, pedestrian street just south of the Alcaicería, or the busy streets fanning out from nearby Puerta Real.

Markets

Head for San Agustín market near the cathedral where stalls spill out into the surrounding streets, laden with fresh fruit, veg, bread and pastries, flowers, fish and seafood, and meat and deli products. Nearby is the herb and spice market, offering exotic spices such as paprika and cumin, cinnamon and oregano, and more. The market in Plaza San Agustín is open between Monday and Saturday from 10 am until 2.30 pm. Alternatively, head to the Lachana neighborhood on Wednesdays, El Zaidín neighborhood on Saturdays, and the Polígano de Cartuja on Sundays, for everything from clothing to furnishings.

Shopping centres

You can't go wrong with the ubiquitous Spanish department store El Corte Inglés on Carrera del Genil.

Opening hours

Shops are generally open from 1000 to 1330 and 1700 to 2030, although some shops, especially the bigger ones, forego the siesta.

Souvenirs

The most interesting souvenirs to buy are ceramics and traditional flamenco fashions, Moroccan lamps and mirrors and arts and crafts, spices, wine and cheese.

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Fonda Sanchez Hotel

One of Granada's best value hotels, Fonda Sanchez boasts a central location close to the cathedral in the university district. No frills, but perfectly clean and comfortable with helpful English speaking staff. Following a recent renovation, the rooms are modern and all have balconies, air conditioning and a TV.

Hotel Molinos

It might only have a single star to its name, but this surprisingly chic city centre hotel is a comfortable and welcoming place to stay. To add interest, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the narrowest hotel in the world. The roof terrace, with its spectacular views, is an added bonus.

Pension Suecia

Set in a former house in a quiet residential area, the rooms here are small and simple but attractively furnished in traditional style, and the owners are welcoming. Breakfast is served for a small surcharge on a terrace with lovely city views. There's also a sitting room and small garden.

Hotel Anacapri

This cosy and comfortable 3-star hotel is located just off Plaza Nueva in the heart of the historic centre. The staff are welcoming and palm trees enhance its 18th-century patio, while highlights inside include the still lifes in the reception and cafeteria, plus several silk screen prints from well-known modern painters throughout.

Hotel Plaza Nueva

It's all about location at the Plaza Nueva, which overlooks Granada's oldest and most central square. This is a 3-star boutique hotel with 25 rooms spread over three floors, which has built up a reputation over the years for sterling service. The Alhambra is just a 10 minute walk away.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos

This 42-room boutique hotel combines 19th-century palatial surroundings with strikingly modern interiors of stone, glass and metal. Rooms are elegant and comfortable, combining old and new such as wooden floors and free Wi-Fi. The UNESCO-protected buildings feature a garden with Arabian-style water fountains as well as a spa, sauna, indoor pool and Turkish bath.