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Granada, Spain: Tapas Guide 2019

If you find yourself hungry when exploring Alhambra, amazed by the Justice gates, Palace of Charles V and all other Moorish wonders, you may seek refreshment and taste some of the region’s famous tapas.

What Is Tapa

Before tapping into tapa culture of the Basques, let us explain what is it and where does it come from.

Arriving in Spain, you will see tapas everywhere, from street tavernas to up-street speciality restaurants. First things first, tapas are appetizers, served as a small portion of any kind of food. Therefore, it does not matter what you prefer – cold or hot dishes; you can get either mixed olives or chopitos, as to your liking.

Spanish Tapa Origins and Granada

Although tapas are commonly associated with Spain, you can find a tapa-style of eating all around the region. From Portuguese petiscos to Greek meze,  this style of eating is common to most Medditarean cultures. The word “tapa” (cover, lid) is that old and widely used that have a range of explanations, from a flatbread placed over the glass to save the wine glasses from flies, or placing the whole plates over glasses, making way to small portion sizes.

 

Whichever explanation of the origin of tapas appeals to you, one thing is given; you will find tapas on every corner of Granada. Varieties range from the well-loved tortilla Española (Spanish omelet),

Croquetas de Jamón (ham croquettes) and Gambas al Ajillo  (Garlic Shrimp)  to varieties suitable for vegetarians, like Patatas Bravas (Bravas Potatoes) and vegans, like Berenjena con Vinagreta ( grilled eggplant) and grilled salted green peppers Pimientos de Padrón Fritos.

 

So, why are Spaniards all about tapas?

As you may have noticed, the appetizers can serve for everyone, form meat-lovers to vegans, from hot to cold and refreshing varieties, from winter spell to summer heat. The tapa style of eating is also common to Meddditarean, as the hot climate asks for a slow enjoyment of food, tasting it as an experience.

Granada and Andalucia Tapas

Although you may not need to get tapas for free with a drink in Granada, do not expect the same happen in Seville. Either you have to order separately, or not, it is a sure way to experience Spanish culture from the very important cultural perspectives, that is, gastronomy and food.

 

Andalusia, having access to the ocean, is all about the seafood. You can get one of the best-fried fish (pescaito frito), shellfish, tiny fresh anchovies (boquerones), or rings of tender squid (calamares), as well as the meaty Andalucia Olives, sometimes called Sevilla Olives, or taste all of them, and many more, if doing tapa-hopping, one of the favorite Andalusian activities.

So, what are the best places to eat tapas in Granada, Spain?

Where to Eat Tapas in Granada

Where to get tapas in Spain comes down to several points. Do you want to get a local-like experience, or do you rather opt out for an upscale restaurant? Either way, we have our favorites here, coming to be yours.

The previously mentioned famous Andalucian varieties you are most likely to get anywhere you go. However, to taste of tapas is best savored when eaten in a traditional way, it is, with Andalucian wine aside. As a wine region, Andalucia offers the world-famous Sherry, a fortified sweet wine. With one or two tapas on the side, you can eliminate the effect of the high alcohol percentage there, allowing you to continue exploring Granada afterwards.

Best Granada Tourist Tavernas for Tapas 2019

Hands down, Tavernas is the way to go if you are serious about enjoying the local experience. Here is our short guide,

Local Experience Tapas Bar in Granada: Bodegas Castañeda

The place is always full of locals catching up while getting a glass of Sherry and a crusty bread with the Spanish ham on top. Restaurant has an especially wide variety of hams, from smoky to woody, to spicy, so you will have a large set of options.

Granada Budget Taverna for Families: Bar Poe

If you are about to taste something completely new or get a tapa or two for every family member, Bar Poe will be one of the most pocket-friendly options out there in Granada. Families with children can find their children-menu similar dishes, as the owner and host Matt Poe is moving to less Spanish and more international, Western food selection.

Tapa Bar in Granada Centre: La Fragua

If you are a little more hungry than simply taking a small refreshment from the bar, and want to have a meal instead, we suggest La Frague, located on the beautiful Albaicin Granada streets. The environment just calls “bohemian,” and you will be amazed by the friendly staff and many nationalities you will meet. This is a good option if you find yourself in teh tapa-area of tapa bars after climbing to see Mirador San Nicolás. Plus, beer is cheap and good here!

Fine Dining Tapas Granada: La Fabula

If you look for a place for a laid-back night with your travel partner, and wish to enjoy the gourmet mastery of tapas, or just escape at time hectic bars, we suggest going to La Fabula. You will enjoy a good service here, and one of the most masterfully plated tapas in Granada. The restaurant has a wide menu of lobster dishes, but for tapas, they are free. We suggest crab and zucchini tapa when dining here.

That’s if you wish to visit Granada and become one of the tourist attraction visitors. But the following suggestions are like hidden gems, uncovered by our local CuddlyNest advisor.

Top Granada Local Tapa Bars 

Want a local experience, at the quality locals find extremely good? Look no further and follow our advice, listed by location you find yourself at.

Plaza de Toros

After visiting the bullring square and its surrounding monument, we cannot but agree you need some refreshments. But you may easily be taken back by the variety of them – which one to choose?

Go for this:

El Nido Del Búho

The tapa bar is one of the best if you around the area. With big portions and reasonable prices, you can find yourself all you may need, from green beans to burgers. It is no wonder the place is always packed with locals, especially the Granada youth! Read Tripadvisor reviews here.

Nuestro Bar & D’Cuadros Original

Nuestro bar is the top local of all locals; you cannot find a one review in English, and rightly so. Just as the El Nido Del Buho, these bars are full of local youth, Granada students. Read and look it up yourself here and here. After the eatery gets closed, the places open as bars, allowing you to enjoy the young vibes of the city.

Basílica de San Juan de Dios

If you are around the basilica, our local guide has some suggestions in mind, too.

El Establo

If you are looking for some great beer and cheap tapas, then look no further; at EUR 2.30 for tapas, you will save on eating out at other bars. Added bonus? They have French fries and sandwiches, too!

Al Pan Pan

The highly local tapa bar is truly a hidden gem; not known to many, it is one of the best places to go to, in case you wish to get some fantastic breakfast. Freshly baked goodies and orange juice is all you need for a good start of the day. Look it up here.

Chana Neighbourhood

Look for some other place? Visit the Chana neighbourhood. It is full of tapas bars, and the whole area, definitely worth a visit and tapa-hopping.

Day of Tapas 2019 in Granada

If you happen to be in Granada on the World Tapas Day June 16th, make sure to get some Sherry and enjoy a tapa or two with your drink before dining! Book Granada apartments and rooms with Cuddlynest for the best experience. Here are our economy stay in Granada options and the special offer upscale Granada properties.

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Game of Thrones Dubrovnik: Croatia Uncovered

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Where does the King of the Andals live, with the First Men, his family and his court?

You are right, King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms it is. And what’s more, you can now visit the dreamland – or war-land – of the Seven Kingdoms in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is the place for Game of Thrones fans traveling. 

Dubrovnik, Croatia, is one of the most must-visit cities on the Eastern Mediterranean. So, try to add it to your trip this summer if you are a  Game of Thrones fan. Most of King’s Landing filming is set in Dubrovnik. Visiting Croatia,  you may recognize many famous scenes.woman wearing gray and white striped sleeveless top and brown sun hat at daytime

Croatia – When to Go on Holiday

If your vacation planning is not entirely up to you and you are going on a trip. Are bound to summer months? Not for bad! Dubrovnik is a hotspot for summer months from June to September. On the other hand, summer in Croatia is hot, and visiting the streets of Dubrovnik when they are piled up with tourists is no fun. We suggest going to Croatia in tourist season shoulder months. That is, either in May or October. In May, it is 20° C in Dubrovnik, instead of the overwhelming daytime 30° average from June to September. However, if you cannot decide between May and October, we suggest going for May. After all, October rainfalls may very well ruin your trip.

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What Places to Go to See in Dubrovnik Game of Thrones

If you have a limited time in Dubrovnik, here are some of the best places to visit, even if you are in Dubrovnik for just a while. To get the best feeling of what it is like to live in the “Game of Thrones” world, we suggest you not to try to cover all the spots – there are so many of them! Rather, go to a few selected places and get the right vibe  – and no worries, we did the job for you. No need to research further.

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Dubrovnik Lovrijenac Fort – The Red Keep

Just as the King of Andals governs his Kingdom from a castle by the Aegonfort, Dubrovnik can be nicely overlooked from the Lovrijenac Fort. The filming was indeed set here, and you can get the grip of how it is to live in the Castle. It feels like the Cersei and Littlfinger is going to appear as soon as you turn around the corner, conversing just like in Season 1 series. The fort is also known as the St. Lawrence Fortress or the Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar and is included in the ticket price of the City Walls.

Ticket price: 70,00 Kuna / 9,30 EUR (adults)

Opening hours: 9 AM – 6 PM

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The Game of Thrones (film still)

 

Minčeta tower – The House of Undying

While you seek the life-enhancing experience by travel, why not to try making Shade of the evening? Remember the scene of Danaerys and Ser Jorah to run the house, and just around the corner, Danearys disappearing? To your surprise, the House of Undying can be visited, and no doors, no windows, no visible openings is not far from the truth. The headquarters of the Warlocks of Qarth is just a walk away from the centre of Dubrovnik, and while not surrounded by such picturesque trees as in series, you can easily get wanderlust. What’s better, with the ticket you can go in and out the whole day long, and also have  free entrance to Fort Lawrence.

Ticket price: 70,00 Kuna / 9,30 EUR

Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM

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The Rector’s Palace – Game of Thrones’ Qarth

Quarth is filmed in various spots around Dubrovnik, and one of the best places to visit for indoor scenes CuddlyNest suggests to visit the Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery. The beautiful arches of Medieval architecture, a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture with some Baroque details lies just between the Town Hall and the Church of St. Blaise. To get a vibe of what it feel liek in Quarth, we definitely suggest you visit the Rector’s Palace!

Ticket price: 70,00 Kuna / 9,30 EUR

Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM

Dubrovnik St Dominic Street

Most probably, you will not notice St Dominic Street at first, just because it is nothing significant, especially when compared to Stradun. However, as you are a fan (just as we at CuddlyNest), there are several Game of Thrones scenes set here. Walk the street after visiting Ploče Gate and get on the busy Stradun!

Ticket price: free!

Dubrovnik, Game of Thrones: Where to Stay in 2019

While you may love staying in the wild Croatian mountains, we suggest booking your Dubrovnik stay as close to the city centre as possible to immerse yourself into the architecture of Dubrovnik, one of the oldest towns in Croatia and Eastern Medditarean.

Croatia is known for its budget luxury, and you can find great offers for cheap. But keep in mind that you are not the only one – to stay in the loop with best offers and learn more about CuddlyNest, click here and get the best deals just for you! You can stay in a modern artist apartment or colourful apartments just in the middle of the medieval city.

What to Eat in Dubrovnik: Updated 2019 Guide

Dubrovnik Food Guide: Capon with the ginger-wine sauce, anyone?

You may want to try it just like from the old-day recipes, or from the Game of Thrones. However, if cooking is not your idea about a nice weekend, and you just are not into roasted capons or “gose taks”, and taking it seriously, following the recipe “tak the leef of grece parsly ysope rosmarye and ij lengs of saig”, then visiting Dubrovnik to get the medieval dish is a good idea.

Where to go? Konoba Koloseum

Croatia Food: Fuži and Pljukanci

If you are into pasta, go for fuži and pljukanci. These are pasta varieties, cut into squares and rolled around a wooden spoon, resembling something similar to Italian gnocchi. Get yours and savour the Croatian taste, adding served truffle cream sauce, straight from Croatian Motovun forests.

What else to do?

If you have time, we would suggest you to go to Korčula Island, best known for its winemaking tradition. Here you should try the dry white grp wine, one of the Croatian foodie traveler must-tries.

If you are into music, make sure not to miss Ultra Europe, one of the electronic music and affordable music festival leaders.

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Bike Month 2019: European Cities while Pedalling

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Whether you cycle or not, National Bike Month 2019 is a great opportunity to give it a try. Getting around on a bike in Copenhagen or Bordeaux is not a problem, and so is the accommodation booking.

We have luxury hotels, apartments, affordable budget-friendly, and economy class hostels. You, in turn, you have all the opportunities to enjoy bike-friendly European capitals, no matter your budget.

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Book and Stay in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the world’s most bike-friendly city, and it is no wonder. With 5 bikes for every car, Copenhagen perfectly suits anyone willing to explore the wonders of Denmark’s capital while sitting on a saddle. There are 675,000 bicycles and rising in Copenhagen! The great infrastructure, like bike pathways, Danish even build bicycle superhighways with specialized bridges. No wonder Danes love pedalling, as it is the most convenient way to get around, and also extremely safe. You can take a stroll from Tivoli gardens to the Little Mermaid in no time, and be sure you will have advantages of those who take the metro.

Copenhagen Apartment Booking

If you are going to Copenhagen, consider staying at upscale Nørreport apartments to have one of the best experiences of CuddlyNest!

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Amsterdam on a Bike

If you are all about canals and romantic Holland-style bicycles, then going to Amsterdam should not be a problem. But cycling is not reserved for those going to the Netherlands solely for booking a hotel near Vondelpark, Amsterdam. You may stay in the central hotels in Amsterdam.  Or, prefer to book an apartment in the outskirts of the city. No matter your choice, appartementen in Amsterdam offer a real luxury feel to your stay in the capital of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Hotels and Apartments

Looking for either budget or corporate long-term aparthotel in Amsterdam may not be that hard, either. Consider staying at a business-friendly apartment with your team for more productive meetings and presentations.

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Ghent Accommodates Cyclists, Too

Ghent, Flanders is among the most bike-friendly and safe cities you can get to in Europe. Belgium is famously known for chocolates and hosting the spitzenkandidaten amongst other high-level European politicians, but you can safely go there just for fun. Or, for chocolates.

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Flanders Budget Apartments

Getting to Ghent, Belgium is not expensive in case you book in advance while booking a hotel last minute can get pricy. To save and travel on cheap, consider booking  Flanders budget apartment.

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Booking Hotel in Bordeaux with Bike

Booking a bed-and-breakfast at the elegant St. Pierre District in Bordeaux? It may not allow you to sport your rental bike in Bordeaux through grand mansions, narrow streets restaurant tables, but booking a room or hotel in nearby districts will let you enjoy cycling. Getting around fast while sensing the city with a breeze of fresh air and a glass of Bordeaux wine. Sounds like a plan?

Booking Bordeaux Loft

Bordeaux is greatly appreciated for its wine, and just so you know, it is illegal to ride a bike while even a bit tipsy in France. So, we suggest you go with central Bordeaux apartments to come back home from restaurants walking and enjoy your bike exploration separately.

Nouvelle~Aquitaine Best Vacation Rentals to Book

Nouvelle~Aquitaine is the largest and one o the most amazing regions of France. Before choosing if whether to stay in a vacation rental in Limoges, or go for booking a room in the Romanisque Politiers, check out what they have to offer, from Episcopal Palace, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and summer light shows on walls of Église Notre-Dame la Grande.

 

Whichever bike city and region you prefer, make sure to rent a bike from a respectable dealer or service, get your helmet on and start pedalling!

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