Semana Santa: 7 days of pure devotion

Semana Santa: 7 days of pure devotion

This week is semana santa! One of the most important holidays in the country. Have you heard of this tradition and how important is for Spanish people? Let us walk you through it.

Semana santa or holy week is a festivity with centuries of history and tradition in which people celebrate the passion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a unique celebration that will give you feelings that you will never forget. In each region and each place throughout the country you will find the most beautiful processions celebrating the semana santa.

The celebration of Holy Week regarding popular piety relies almost exclusively on the processions of the brotherhoods or fraternities. These associations have their origins in the Middle Age, but a number of them were created during the Baroque Period, inspired by the Counterreformation and also during the 20th and 21st centuries. The membership is usually open to any Catholic person and family tradition is an important element to become a member or “brother” (hermano).

Andalusia is one of the regions in which semana santa is celebrated with more passion and devotion. During the 7 days of the festivity the streets are filled with amazing images of the saints and virgins that will be carried during the processions. Lights everywhere, the smell of incense and the sound of numerous drums and trumpets of the bands give a magical touch to the streets of the cities. You can not help but feel privileged of being there, experiencing this mystical feeling

Each city has several important thrones that will be carried in the processions. Althoug, of course there are some that are just icons in each one. To feel the excitement of the traditional and multitudinous “madrugá” in Seville, Feeling the passion with “El señor” o “El Cautivo” in Malaga. Walking behind “El cristo de los gitanos” in el Sacromonte of Granada. Witness “El encierro” in Huelva are one of the most amazing feelings you could get while experiencing the holy week in Andalusia.

In particular, the semana santa in Granada will captivate your senses. The origin of the processions is situated around the conquest of Granada in the year 1492. The processions walking through the narrow, magical streets El Zaidín, el Albaicín o el Realejo is one of the most beautiful scenes you can get of the city.

Between palms and olives, the city wakes up in el Domingo de ramos. With the first drumroll is time to receive the 8 days of passion, death and resurrection that will come ahead. The semana santa has been declared as holiday of international interest.

Spectacular, exceptional and exciting is Wednesday night or noche del miercoles santo since all the city is painted in purple, red and golden to celebrate 2 of the most important thrones that will make their appearance “El cristo del Consuelo” y “Maria santísima del sacromonte”.

In the high hills of the sacromonte, huges bunfires will light up the caves and houses of the gypsies to welcome “El cristo de los gitanos” one of the most beautiful processions to see. Not only because of the ornaments of the thrones but the real devotion the gypsies feel for their saint. Of course, flamenco and zambra are guaranteed to entertain the night.

The night of Thursday or Jueves santo is the magical night in the Albaizyn. In almost the same space you can find the most important virgins of the neighborhood “La virgin de la concha, La Estrella y La Aurora”. Meanwhile, the procession of The Christ of silence will totally captivate you with his respectful and spine-chilling silence.

On Friday or Viernes santo, thousands of granadinos will walk the streets leaving no space in between while they pray. On the same Friday at dawn, in “El convento de los jeronimos” there will be one of the most antiques performances “Las chias”. All covered in feathers and playing music will march

Semana santa is more than an event, is a feeling that all Spanish people and especially Andalusian treasure in their hearts and souls. Being able to experience it it´s something that you will never forget. So, go out to the streets and enjoy this one in a lifetime experience.

Street Art and Caves Tour in Granada

Street Art and Caves Tour in Granada

Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

3:00pm to 6:00pm

Come joins us for this great 3 hours walk to discover alternative side of Granada. See the three oldest neighbourhoods in the City ~ Albayzin ,Sacromonte and Realejo and their amazing Street Art from different graffiti artists + the highest view points , gypsy caves from the inside and cold beer with the view of the mountains.

Take a look to the alternative side of Granada, a mix of modern culture and history.

During the XVI century, a mix of Muslims, Jews and Gypsies, expelled from their homes started to occupy this hill in the outskirts of Granada. What begun to be basic holes in the mountain, became proper houses with different rooms and facilities. Nowadays, this neighbourhood shows the historic caves and some other new caves occupied by modern hippies who come to Granada from around the world.

Street Art, also known as graffitis, is one of the surprises that Granada has to offer to its visitors.

Despite the world famous Alhambra and Albaicín neighbourhood, some walls of Granada have been painted with murals representing messages of inspiration and protest. Most of these paintings are in Realejo, the old Jewish neighbourhood, where Campo del Príncipe and Cuarto Real are worth a visit.

“El Niño de las Pinturas” in Realejo

One of the most famous street artist in Granada is known as “El Niño de las Pinturas”, who also lived in Realejo, where you will have the chance to see some of his famous graffitis who let him became very popular in the street art scene world wide. One of his latest works was the walls of a New York hotel.

The tour will leave the hostel at 3 pm to first lead you to the Realejo along the Calle Molinos which is populated with some Street Art on the way. From there you will go up to the Alhambra hills to have one of the first views of the city from one of those places not everybody gets to see while in Granada: Carmen de los Mártires. A romantic style garden for those who want to escape from the city stress to find peace and freshness under the shade of its trees.

“Cuesta de los Chinos”

From Carmen de los Mártires you will be going down “Cuesta de los Chinos”, the historic way to connect the Alhambra and the city which will bring you back to the times of Muslim Granada. This way will take us down to cross the Darro River and into Paseo de los Tristes, one of the most popular places of Granada with breathtaking views of the Alhambra right above you.

Sacromonte

From this point, we start another climb into the Sacromonte, to see the old gipsy caves and the hippy ones, ending up on the highest view point of Granada. The climb is a bit hard, but we are sure the panoramic views are worth it. The combination of Sierra Nevada, Albaicin, Alhambra and the rest of city will be one of the best images you will get during your trip.

Albaicín neighbourhood

From here we will start the way back to the hostel crossing the Albaicín neighbourhood. White houses, narrow streets, ups and downs, hidden squares and the most popular point in Granada after the Alhambra: Mirador de San Nicolás. Always filled with life, some music and people from all over the world, this place is famous for its sunset lights with the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada in the background. Bill Clinton named it “the most beautiful sunset”. A visit to Granada is never complete without passing by this place.

Mirador de la Lona

After the mandatory picture in San Nicolas, we continue the way down to the hostel visiting the last of the viewpoints: Mirador de la Lona, where you can have an overlook of the new parts of the city and the “Vega de Granada”. Known to be the garden where most of fruits and vegetables are watered with Genil river.

This will be the last point of our tour before heading back to the hostel. Whether if you are spending a short time in Granada or longer, this tour is the best option to have a full visit to the city in short time. It covers all the main sights you have to see of Granada and it can be a good introduction to get a deeper view later.

This tour is scheduled on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. Leaving from the hostel at 3pm and lasting approximately 3 hours. Mike, the guide, has been leading this tour for 8 years receiving many positive reviews from our guests:

The walking tour from Mika about the street art was really great!!
I had a great stay at Oasis! It is great for solo travellers as the hostel organises so many events. Make sure you do the street art and caves tour with Mika

Mika who runs a great walking tour. Highly recommended for a solo traveller

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Meet & Great

Meet & Great

Meet and greet: Your chance to know about the city and make new friends

At Oasis, being travelers ourselves, we know what is like to arrive to a new foreign city wanting to make new friends, learn everything about the place that we are visiting but sometimes not knowing how or where to start. That is why we have created this cool bonding activity.

When checking in at our hostel you will receive a bit of information and a free sangria coupon that you can claim during the meet and greet. Just show it to our bartender and Salud!. While you enjoy your cool drink, our friendly staff will give you an introduction of the city, all the activities and tours we offer and how to get tickets for the places and events you could visit during your stay.

Being located in the Albaicín there are so many things to do around and such an interesting history behind this neighborhood. An enigmatic quarter that continues to be an inspiration to artists, writers and travelers and that maintains the layout of Medieval Moorish narrow streets. With its well kept traditional houses, the area has retained its old charm and is the ideal place to discover Moorish architecture, Albaicín is specially famous for its dramatic views overlooking the Alhambra palace.

Of course, we will give you as well all the information you need about the place that you probably have organized your visit around, the magnificent Alhambra. Named several times as the most visited monument in Spain. The palace that housed the king and the court of the Kingdom of Granada Nazari. It was built for the court of the Nasrid dynasty. Years after the conquest of Granada by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, because its amazing beauty, some portions were conserved and used by Christian rulers. Alhambra was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, which gave it the importance that it worth. Exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Islamic architecture and being nowadays a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories.

You will hear of course about all the other neighborhoods in the city. The Realejo, a picturesque area famous for displaying amazing street art specially from one of the most famous street artist in Granada known as “El Niño de las Pinturas”. The Sacromonte and their famous cave houses. During the XVI century, a mix of Muslims, Jews and Gypsies, expelled from their homes started to occupy this hill in the outskirts of Granada. What begun to be basic holes in the mountain, became proper houses with different rooms and facilities. Nowadays, this neighborhood shows the historic caves and some other new caves occupied by modern hippies who come to Granada from around the world.

Once we have finished explaining all the beautiful places and neighborhoods in Granada it’s time to explain about our amazing activities, many of the places we have mentioned are included in our tours and hikes.

The street art and the caves tour, featuring all the amazing neighborhoods that you have heard at this point, the highest viewpoints, gypsy caves form the inside and cold beer with the view of the mountains.

Los Cahorros, An amazing hike inside Sierra Nevada natural park, waterfalls, tunnels, caves and beautiful countryside of Andalusia.

Bar crawl of the damned, so you can enjoy Granada’s nightlife and have fun with other guests.

Seafood Paella. The biggest one in Granada made with only fresh seafood and saffron.

At this point you would have probably finished your sangria but don’t be shy, ask for another one to share a nice time with the other guests. What a cool way to get closer to them, sharing anecdotes and cold sangria. And that is exactly the main purpose of this activity, not only to give you information, but to make sure you get to know the other cool guests, adventurous travelers like yourself. So, time to enjoy.

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World fusion tapas

World fusion tapas

Every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

19.00 in our bar – up to 00:00

With every drink you order at our bar you  will get different dishes from different countries served as FREE healthy tapas in our Bar.

Ok, what is fusion food?

Fusion food which is made using a style of cooking which combines traditionalWestern techniques and ingredients with those used in Eastern cuisine.

What are Spanish tapas?

Spanish Tapas are essentially snacks found in most regions of Spain. These snacks are often included in the price of drinks served in most Spanish bars.

In Spanish, tapas means cover, hence the most common explanation of Spanish tapas are items, breads or flat cards, often placed on top of a drink to protect it from flies.

In some part of southern Spain, Spanish tapas usually go for free when you buy a drink; this is mostly the case in the province of Granada, where our Oasis Backpackers Hostel is located. However, in most cases you have to pay both for the drinks and the Spanish tapas.

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BAR CRAWL OF THE DAMNED !

BAR CRAWL OF THE DAMNED !

Every Saturday

11:00pm

A different experience of the nightlife in Granada. For only 10E per person you get unlimited Sangria and shots for 45min in our bar , FREE SHOTS in 3 different bars + entry to an awesome nightclub in town.

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