At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains is the fabled city of Granada and its surrounding provincial delights which extends from the Mediterranean beaches of the "Tropical Coast" in the south to the plateaus of its northeast corner.
The net result is an incredible variety of fascinating climes, sites and places of interest. Just 30 minutes' drive down the ski resort, the historical city of Granada holds countless monumental treasures of National Heritage.
The most famous of these is, of course, the Alhambra fortress and palace complex. During the reign of the Moors, Granada was a kingdom in its own right, and the Alhambra was home to royalty, along with their courtesans and slaves. It was also a formidable military garrison.
Built between the 13th and the 15th centuries, the monument consists of a variety of architectural styles from different periods, with its most intricate and awe inspiring designs featured on the inside, particularly the elaborately carved plaster ceilings.
Due to the large number of visitors, advance booking is strongly recommended for a visit to the Alhambra.
Outside run the extensive Generalife gardens, immaculately laid out and lovingly kept. You can spend hours strolling through this stunning setting backed by the immense snow capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.
Another evocative feature of Granada's ancient history is the old Moorish quarter, the Albayzin. Its labyrinthine cobbled streets gradually wind their way up the side of the Darro Valley opposite the Alhambra, leading out to a large balcony at St. Nicholas Church. From there you can snap away to your heart´s content at the picture-postcard views of the Alhambra backed by Sierra Nevada in all its snowy glory.
Granada city centre has a very lively and friendly atmosphere. A network of long narrow streets fill the centre with numerous shops, bars, plazas and historical buildings.
A visit to the cathedral is a must and well worth the 2.50€ entrance fee.
Granada is Spain's tapas capital. The area around Plaza Nueva is full of tapas bars that are humming with activity each evening from around 8 pm onwards. For every drink you purchase, your waiter will serve you a different tapa. After three or four drinks you won´t need to eat anything more!
For more specific information on Granada, we are happy to recommend www.lovegranada.com with its wealth of information for both traveller and resident.