Practical information about Granada

Climate

Granada has a continental Mediterranean climate and summers can be extremely hot. The average daily temperature in July lies between 28 and 35 °C during the day, although during late evenings, nights, and early mornings it could be a bit more chilly (around 17-20 °C). Note that every year tourists suffer heatstrokes after prolonged exposure to high temperatures, usually in combination with dehydration. Thus, please try to avoid sport activities (or similar) during the central hours of the day and make sure you keep yourself hydrated (water is the best way to rehydrated your body, but drinks with caffeine and fruits also help). In addition, do not forget to use sunscreen to protect yourself against UV radiation.

Inside the venue we will have air conditioner, so if you stay inside during the hotter hours you will be more comfortable. You could take advantages of the city early in the mornings and in late evenings.

Public transport

The best way to get around Granada is on foot. In fact, the conference venue is close to the downtown area, so many museums and tourist attractions are in walking distance.

However, public transport is also a good choice. You can take the LAC bus from the venue (Palacio de Congresos) to the city centre (it is a central line that goes across the city). There are also some other lines that take you to most of the parts of the city. In all lines except from the LAC line it is possible to buy a single ticket (that costs 1,20€, valid for one travel) on the same bus when you get on it. In the LAC line you should buy and check your ticket before you get on the bus in vending machines that you will find at the bus stops. If you prefer to buy a card-pass to move cheaper, you can buy the Credibus card in the vending machines located at the bus stops. It costs 2€ as a deposit and the minimum charge is 5€ (the single ticket costs 0,79€). Please, do not forget to check your card-pass at the bus stop before you get on the LAC bus.

If you use the other lines (the red buses), you can buy both the single tickets and the Credibus card on the bus. In this case, please check your ticket or card-pass on the bus when you get on it.

Please check here for information about the bus: http://www.movilidadgranada.com/busurbano_index.php?idioma=en

Taxi

We recommend making use of official taxis which can be recognized by the official badges. The meters should always be visible. There are many taxi stops in the city and the closest to the conference center is right opposite to the main door. You can also get a taxi calling to Tele-Radio Taxi (+34 958 28 00 00) or using the App Pidetaxi. For more information, please check:https://www.granadataxi.com..

Cash withdrawal and payment

Cash can be withdrawn from the many ATMs in town. The most common banks are BBVA, Santander, Banco Popular, La Caixa and BMN. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards. It is not usual to pay small amounts with credit cards and some bars and shops accept them just if the amount is higher than 15 euros.

To exchange money you can go to any bank (especially the ones located in the city centre). Regular timetable is from 8:30 to 14 (Monday to Friday). There are also money exchange offices in the main international airports (Madrid, Málaga) and in Granada in Calle Reyes Católicos, 31, 18001 (Interchange Spain).

Emergency and doctors

In case of an emergency call the ambulance/police/fire department at 112.

If you need to see a doctor you can go to a hospital (the closest to the Palacio de Congresos is Hospital Campus de la Salud: (http://www.hvn.es/comp_hospitalario/estructura_fisica/hospital_campus_de_la_salud/)

You can also ask for information in the Conference Center reception desk and at the reception desk in your hotel.

Time zone

We have central European Summer Time.

Restaurants

Information about cheap and expensive restaurants and bares de tapas can be found on the website of the meeting and on Facebook.

Tipping

Tips are not included in bars and restaurants and are appreciated. A good tip is about 10%, but small round-up tips are common too, especially when paying for drinks.

Tourism

All the touristic information can be found here: http://en.granadatur.com/ Further, the tourist offices can also provide you with information and city maps. The closest to the Palacio de Congresos is at Plaza del Carmen, 9 (+34 958 24 82 80).

The following are the main attractions in the city (although there is much more to explore!):

Alhambra

This is one of the main symbols of Granada and one of the most amazing Arab citadel in the world. If you are not joining us in this social activity on Friday night, do not hesitate to visit the palace on your own; it is really worth visiting. But do not forget to book the tickets in advance (at least some weeks before). Visiting the Alhambra early in the morning and not on the weekend is advisable: http://apc.ticketmaster.es/nav/es/mucho_mas/granada/alhambra_y_generalife_09oz/alhambra_general/entradas.html?canalMB=ALH&utm_campaign=ALH-weboficial&utm_source=alhambra-tickets.es&utm_medium=link&canalMB=ALH

Albayzin

This charming Muslim neighborhood was declared by UNESCO Word Cultural Heritage in 1994. Its architecture brings to mind the Arab style, but also other ancient Mediterranean towns. The best way to visit Albayzin is just by wandering through its narrow streets, which leads to beautiful viewpoints (miradores), such as Mirador of San Nicolás. Hammams (Arab sauna & baths) were spread all over this area and still nowadays you can enjoy a traditional bath in one of the oldest hammams left in Spain (for more info look here or email to events@walkingranada.com)

Sacromonte

This neighborhood is known for its houses on caves and the amazing views of the city. You can enjoy with the zambras, the typical flamenco dance inside the caves. For more information about traditional flamenco in a cave or flamenco & dinner look here or email to events@walkingranada.com. General info at: http://www.granadaesflamenco.com/festivales-y-ciclos

Realejo

This is the old Jewish neighborhood of Granada. It is very close to the Alhambra, and a very pleasant and peaceful area. One of its main attractions is Campo del Príncipe, a large and renowned square with a chilled atmosphere and many nice outdoor restaurants and tapas’ bars.

Note: If you plan to get the bus to visit other places within the province of Granada or to go to other cities within Spain (Almería, Sevilla, Córdoba, Málaga, Madrid, etc.), you can enjoy a discount of 15% if you take an ALSA bus (promotional code: AEPS17).