During my free time in Granada, I did many different things.
I was lucky enough to stay for almost a year (11 months), so I was able to discover the region (and the country) when the weather was good (or even very good !!) but also when it was cold in winter. Yes, Granada is located very close to the Sierra Nevada mountains, at about 800m above sea level...
So I did a lot of hiking (accessible by bus or we sometimes rented a car with friends): there are great places to run and/or walk with beautiful landscapes, in summer and winter.
I was also lucky enough to arrive the year the ESN section was organising a lot of open mic in a night club. We were a whole group (the "erasmusicians") of international and Spanish people playing music ! It was really nice ! We rehearsed in parks, in a music studio, but also outside the city, at the Mirador San Miguel Alto (for me, the best viewpoint in the city where I spent a lot of time admiring, relaxing...), by the sea, etc.
I also went to the sports sessions that the university offers (tennis, football, dance, and many others), I recommend ! Because you meet local students who are not necessarily close to the international world and so you meet different people and you can learn more about the local culture :) Because my goal was really to integrate myself as much as possible in the local life !
Autumn and Winter weather in Madrid
The weather in autumn is perfect for me : neither too hot nor cold. The winters are soft but there is a big difference in temperatures between the morning/ the night and the rest of the day (Sometimes 10 degrees celsius). So my advice is to bring a warm jacket that you can take off during the daytime.
With an average of 20 degrees in December and over 40 degrees in summer, forget about jumpers and umbrellas!
Watching a sunset in Malaga
If you want to get some height, take a mini hike and have the most incredible view of Málaga, which lies between the sea and the mountains, then you can go to Monte Victoria. It's almost an initiation pass haha. Erasmus people gather on this hill to listen to music, have a picnic, meet each other, and admire this city and its sea that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Don’t forget your umbrella
My Erasmus experience is Liège was marked by months of rain and cloudy sky. Nevertheless, I think that at that time I was not yet as meteoropathic as I am now, so I managed to adapt very quickly and was able to enjoy, despite the bad weather, the fantastic experience that Liège gave me.
Arriving in September, I found a very variable climate. In fact, the temperature ranged from 10 degrees to peaks of 20-22 during the day, for which sunscreen and short-sleeved t-shirts were necessary.
But unfortunately the good season does not last long. In fact, from October onwards I had to deal with rather cloudy and gloomy sky and unpleasant drizzle. So my advice is to always dress like an onion, in layers, especially since the temperatures inside the buildings could make you feel very hot. But at the same time don't forget an umbrella and a rain coat, very practical for weekend trips.