Granada is one of the most magnificent cities in Spain, and millions of tourists visit this historic city each year on holiday. Wonderfully located close to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and a former stronghold of the Nazern dynasty, Granada was the last great Moorish kingdom in Spain. The Alhambra has been described as 'the Jewel of Moorish Spain' and visitors are sure to be awe-struck by its romantic beauty. If a city break to Spain is something you are considering be sure to check out Madrid and Barcelona breaks.
Attractions in Granada
Built on the slopes of three hills, the Moorish city basks in the Alhambra monument's iconic glory. The old districts of the Albaicín and the Alhambra were founded in the surrounding hills, and are brimming with rickety narrow streets, beautiful crannies, and flower scented landscapes. The Alhambra is Spain's most popular monument, but with its seductive patios, delicate stucco work and stunning Moorish gardens, there is considerably more to Granada than just the Alhambra. The university city is famous throughout Spain for its bustling nightlife, atmospheric streets and gorgeous tapas.
The Alhambra was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984 because of its artistic Moorish heritage. Undeniably iconic and dominating the city from its perch on the mountain, the site holds three distinctive buildings: the Palacios Nazaríes (Royal Palace), the palace gardens of the Generalife, and the Alcazaba. Visitors to the Alhambra fortress will fall in love with the intricately carved medieval walls, and marvel at the meaning behind the Arabic inscriptions that adorn them from floor to ceiling. Many visitors spend hours staring and taking photos of these beautiful tapestries and ancient painted messages.
Anyone on holiday in Granada simply must spend at least a day inside the Alhambra and visitors are advised to book well in advance to ensure of a ticket.
The Albaicín offers a lively contrast to the tranquil Alhambra, and the hillside is full of cobbled dusty alleyways, tapas bars and medieval squares offering stunning views across the city. Close by is Granada’s Cathedral, which is a beautiful medieval institution and final resting place of some of Spain’s greatest Catholic monarchs, who famously ended the Moorish rule in Spain in the late 15th century.
Food & Drink in Granada
Forever rich in history, culture and artistic brilliance, Granada is a stunning place to go on holiday and come evening the city is famous for its tapas culture. The Albaicín is renowned for its dining culture and holiday makers are well advised to head up there for the stunning views and luscious Spanish cuisine. The town is world-famous for its bars and restaurants, most definitely worth exploring.
Granada's Surrounding Areas
Situated in the heart of Andalucía, anyone going on holiday in Granada is in an ideal location to visit nearby Seville, Ronda and Cordoba. The Moorish towns and cities of Andalucía provide a stunning insight into Iberian Spain. Unforgettable, romantic and gloriously iconic, Granada is quite simply a stunning location to visit on holiday.
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