Tapping the Tapas of Granada’s Gran Capitán Plaza

A while back we described the best places to party around Granada’s Sacromonte district. Now we’re going to keep the tapas action rolling.

And if the idea is to economise when it comes to eating, this fun Andalusian city fits the bill admirably, as with each drink you order, a free tapa comes with it. Another great reason students and budget travellers love Granada!

Oh Captain, My Captain!

In this case, this rallying cry is less about Dead Poets Society and more about a tapas district called Gran Capitán (“Great Captain”), right in the city’s historic centre – and conveniently right alongside the University of Granada. Here, they say, the portions are especially generous, and the area’s thronged by young people along streets like Melchor Almagreo, Goya, Trinidad Morcillo, Montalbán, Carril del Picón, and of course Gran Capitán itself. You’ll find all kinds of eateries and drinking spots, from the most traditional to the most cutting edge – and many of them perfectly suited to student budgets.

Perhaps the best known spot hereabouts is El Reventaero (Camino de Ronda 101), serving enormous tapas for just two euros, but other popular ones include the student bar El Establo on Almona Vieja – known for its “triquini” sandwich of ham, cheese, lettuce, egg, and garlic mayonnaise – and El Labrador (Rector García Duarte 6), where you can chow down on some tasty hamburgers amid typical Andalusian décor.

Scrumptious added value indeed in an old city that never gets old.

Photo | Salomé Chaussure