Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order. More about Elle - HERE | Got a news story to share? Click HERE | Want to write for Spain Buddy? Click HERE | Interested in our low cost advertising? Click HERE


  1. Mary
    April 3, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    Really enjoyed your article, I loved my visit to Granada and will definitely go again

  2. Alf
    April 3, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

    If only there’d been a couple of proper ‘ jocks ‘ in that bar ie. proper Scotsmen, preferably suitably refreshed and from Glasgow, nothing against Glaswegians but, I’m sure you know what I mean ;-)

  3. Elle Draper
    April 3, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    A gorgeous city isn’t it Mary? Glad you guys enjoyed it too x

  4. Elle Draper
    April 3, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

    I think she’d have had a shock if there had been! x

  5. Eileen
    April 4, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

    Hi Elle and Alan

    Hi I’m Eileen, i was staying at the Anacapri with my friend Christine, same time as you and you gave us the cards for Spain Buddy. i absolutely love your website, so informative and interesting. Have been waiting for your post on Granada, thoroughly enjoyed it and have shared on my facebook. i loved Granada and will definately be going again. How lucky were we with the weather! it was great to meet you both, usually at breakfast, So glad you told us about your site, best wishes to you both Eileen and Christine

  6. Elle Draper
    April 4, 2015 @ 9:48 pm

    Oh how lovely to hear from you both, and thank you for your kind words about the website!
    Yes it was great to meet you both too… great breakfast chats! Sorry to keep you waiting for the review, there’s been so much keeping me busy since we got home. Glad you had a good time. If you ever find yourselves in Almeria, let us know, and do keep in touch. Elle (and Alan) xxxxx

  7. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    April 9, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    Love Granada – especially for the views and the food!!

  8. Sophie
    April 9, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

    Brilliant non-tourist guide to Granada!

    Great to see you both in Los Tintos – fabulous tapas and a good laugh. And if all that weren’t superlative enough… how marvellous to know that there is even such a thing as a phone twin!

  9. Elle Draper
    April 10, 2015 @ 12:07 am

    It was great to meet you too my lovely! Let’s do it again. Phone twins forever ha ha. I thought I was the only one refusing to move into the cureent decade with regards to phone tech.

    E x

  10. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    April 12, 2015 @ 12:32 am

    I think we would really enjoy the Arabic Quarter. Thanks for sharing the things that you do and not the big tourist attractions.

  11. Elle Draper
    April 12, 2015 @ 12:01 pm

    It’s lovely Mary – a chilled out zone in a bustling city. I’m pleased you enjoyed the article.
    E x

  12. Lillie
    April 12, 2015 @ 11:20 pm

    This brings back so many great memories of my time in Granada! I love that it’s not the typical tourist guide.

  13. Elle Draper
    April 13, 2015 @ 1:20 am

    Thanks Lillie. We like to write slightly differently about places x

  14. Terry at Overnight New York
    April 23, 2015 @ 3:45 am

    What a vicariously enjoyable trip. I wish every budget-minded hotel served up a welcome bottle of wine, even if the booking agent gave them a nudge.

  15. Elle Draper
    April 23, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    You and me both Terry – it starts the trip on such a positive! You can get a half decent bottle of wine here for less than €2 and it makes such a difference. Saying that, we’ve been lucky on our last two trips with that. It was a bottle of cava at the hotel previously… the gorgeous Vincci Aleysa in Benalmadena, Andalucia but then for the amount we were paying for the room… I should think so!
    Thanks for popping by!
    Elle x

  16. Sylvia Forte
    April 9, 2016 @ 4:59 pm

    My experience with a gypsy was similar. She and I got into a curse fight. She approached me after I purchased tickets for the Alhambra for family. I picked up 2 Rumanian companions immediately afterwards. They walked with me to bus stop, asking questions the whole time. I threw gang signs to random people on the other side of the street as a diversion. They left afterwards.
    The next day the police raided the area because of tour ist complaints. The women were wailing as the men were rounded up. No problems later.
    But I love Granada!

  17. Elle Draper
    April 9, 2016 @ 7:06 pm

    It was one black spot in an otherwise great visit to Granada.
    Personally I don’t care where people are from – I am offended greatly by pushy beggars.

  18. Rachel Webb
    January 29, 2018 @ 11:06 am

    I could live in Granada! But would need to escape back to my olive groves and silence frequently!
    It’s a fun, lively and affordable city and what amazing views!

  19. Elle Draper
    January 29, 2018 @ 3:37 pm

    It’s an amazing place! Can’t wait to be there again on Thursday. xx

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