I think the city centre is possibly the best location for a student to live in. It is close to the historical Albayzín, Sacramento and the Alhambra, the streets are always bursting with life, music and dance but at the same time, it is so close to Camino de Ronda, where many Spanish students choose to live and where you can get very cheap (but not necessarily good) tapas and drinks. The streets are usually very quiet by 1 am when everyone leaves the tapas bars and awaken again around 9am. Having said that, on the weekends it is not unusual for it to be quiet until around 11am, when the whole city seems to recovering from the adventures of the night before. Also, prepare to endure the occasionally loud homecomings of clubbers at 7 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
My favourite places to visit in the City Centre:
- Plaza de Bib-Rambla: For the best churros in town, I certainly recommend the cafés on this charming square! A little more expensive, but that thick chocolate is certainly worth the extra 50 cents.
- Granero: A lovely little bar/club hybrid nestled between beautiful Moorish buildings; it feels like dancing in a Moroccan palace. The music choice is also easy to sing and dance to, and it is not unusual to spot some great salsa dancers.
- Moroccan Markets: Situated right by the cathedral and Calle Zacatin, all the sparkling lamps and tapestries transport you to another time.