May 2022 Granada, Spain

Granada was high on my list of cities to visit in Spain on my way in, but I was even more intrigued to see it when someone from Marid told me to go to Spain and not see Granada is like a sin… I mean if a Spaniard, and not one from Granada feels this way, I figure there has to be something special about it. After seeing it, I agree, it’s an incredible place, one I can imagine visiting again for sure! The great historic sites and surrounding natural beauty are stunning.

If you like nature walks you might want to check out Parque periurbano Dehesa del Generalife; the views are fantastic!

This was a 7-night stay…

  • Accommodation –  $590.73* (additional information below)
  • Getting around locally – $0
  • Living expenses – $256.08 (mainly just groceries and eating out)
  • Activities – $0
  • Mobile phone/data  – $17.41 (I use Google Fi which provides service in most countries. If you’re interested and based in the U.S., you can use this paid link to sign up, which will give me a referral fee at no extra cost to you.)
  • Medical insurance – $16.13 (I’m using SafetyWing; rates are determined by age, and mine is slightly above the base. If you’re interested there is a paid link/banner on the right side of the page)

Total $880.35 / 7-nights = $125.76 per

*Hotel info

  • I stayed at C&V Apartamentos – Horno de Marina reserved through The apartment was very centrally located and really great in a lot of ways; there was one downside though, the internet was useless. I couldn’t even stream in extremely low quality without it stopping to buffer for long periods. The signal was good, so I think it was a provider thing… honestly though, I’d stay there again even with the internet issue; everything else was great!

Transportation to and from varies a lot, so I left it out of the above breakdown along with most incidental/one-time personal costs. But for those interested, in this particular case, I booked a direct train with Renfe from Cordoba to Granada; the cost was 32,10€ ($34.03). All other standard day-to-day expenses are included to give an idea of how much basic living costs in the area are. Groceries will sometimes include personal care items (i.e., toothpaste, deodorant, etc.).

** I try to use Rakuten whenever it’s an option; why not take the money. It works with a browser add-on, and there is also a mobile app. Note from the Ratuken site, “Stores pay us a commission for sending our members to their websites, and we share it with you. It’s that simple!” If you haven’t signed up yet, and are interested, please consider using this referral link to help support me, and get a signup bonus. I use it regularly and recommend it, but take a look for yourself to decide if it’s right for you. When you sign up using the link, use it spending $, we each get $! The $ varies, I’ve recently seen at $40 and $30. They state “Offer may be modified or canceled anytime.” Payments are made by PayPal, or you can have a check sent to you.

*** Of course, the currency exchange varied during the stay, so for simplicity, I used a rate of 1 USD = 0,91€ for cash transactions. The accommodations and some daily purchases made on cards were entered at the converted cost charged.

**** Since this is my living situation, I don’t go to top-rated restaurants or paid entry to tourist attractions too much. I do eat out a lot, but nothing too special; to some extent, it’s somewhat more cost-effective this way… at least that’s what I’m telling myself. I try to be cost-conscious, eating as a local would… maybe you could say like a broke college guy that is LOL! I try to note any differences to this above.

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