I arrived in Granada in September of 2015 and lived there until the end of May, 2016. It was without a doubt, one of the best experiences I have ever had.
A little about the city itself - located in the Andalusia region and at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada has been populated since 5500 B.C. It was under Moorish rule before the Spanish Conquest in 1492. Today it is home to some of the most famous Spanish-Islamic art and architecture. The old part of the city, the Albaicín, still remains and is in easy walking distance from downtown.
I studied at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas which was located right down the hill from the Alhambra. Everyday I would go sit at a cafe and order a café con leche and a tostada con tomate y jamón (coffee and toast with tomato and ham) before heading to classes. In the evenings and on weekends, my friends and I would check out the number of tapa bars that Granada has or head for hikes in the hills surrounding the city. My absolute favorite thing about this small city is how walkable it was. Sure, you could take a taxi if you really wanted to, but for the most part we would walk everywhere and be where we needed to be within 10 to 15 minutes. Another thing about Granada is that you should not come here if you are planning to rush around and cram all the sights in. The lifestyle here is one of leisure. People sit in the sun at cafes and enjoy each others company. Life in Granada is meant to be enjoyed and lived in the moment.