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Home to Spain’s most visited monument, the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, Granada received a whopping 2.7 million visitors in 2019. The New York Times describes the Alhambra as “the essence of Andalusia, a historic landmark encrusted with romantic associations.” It recommends visiting early or in the off-season, when you can still smell the jasmine in the Generalife gardens and “truly admire the coffered wooden ceilings, the waterfalls of tile work, the crescendos of Kufic calligraphy, and the honeycombed fretwork of the Casa Real.

Granada offers much more than just the Alhambra. The most popular area is the Albaicín neighborhood, the largest still-inhabited Moorish quarter in Spain and the original site of an ancient Roman settlement. The Albaicín is home to many stunning ‘carmens’ or villas and offers some spectacular views of the Alhambra, especially from the gardens of Albaicín's Casa del Chapiz and the Plaza San Nicolás.

Delving into the Old Jewish Quarter, the Barrio Realejo, is also worthwhile. Here, you can see colorful murals by El Niño de las Pinturas and visit a small square dedicated to the Clash's Joe Strummer, who once lived in the area.

Be sure to visit the splendid 15th-century cathedral built right after the conquest of Granada in 1492 and the Royal Chapel, where the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, lie in rest. Another must-see is the Huerta de San Vicente, the summer home of Federico García Lorca, where he wrote some of his most important works. It is now a fine house-museum.

Granada's Sacromonte neighborhood is famous for its flamenco performances held in the Sacromonte Caves. No visit to Granada would be complete without indulging in the city's famous tapas along the popular Calle Navas or enjoying a Moroccan tea in a typical teahouse on Calle Calderería Nueva.

For day trips, the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains and the Costa del Sol are just a short drive away. The Sierra Nevada offers skiing in winter and beautiful hiking trails in summer, while the Costa del Sol provides sun-soaked beaches and vibrant coastal towns.

Granada's rich cultural heritage is reflected in its many museums and historical sites. The Alhambra Museum, located within the palace complex, offers a deeper understanding of the Moorish history of the city. The Science Park, an interactive museum, is perfect for families and those interested in science and technology.

The city’s vibrant festivals also attract visitors year-round. The Granada International Festival of Music and Dance, held in June and July, features performances in stunning historical settings, including the Alhambra. The Día de la Cruz in May sees the city decorated with beautiful crosses made of flowers, while the Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions are some of the most impressive in Spain.

Granada’s culinary scene extends beyond tapas. The city boasts numerous restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Andalusian dishes, as well as innovative cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to try piononos, a sweet treat unique to Granada.

Whether you're exploring its historic sites, enjoying its vibrant cultural scene, or simply soaking up the atmosphere in its charming streets, Granada offers something for everyone. Plan a visit to this enchanting city and discover its many treasures.

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Granada - THINGS TO DO

  • Alhambra de Granada: A stunning palace and fortress complex that showcases Islamic architecture and offers breathtaking views of the city.

  • El Albaicín: A charming neighborhood with narrow, winding streets, traditional houses, and splendid views of the Alhambra.

  • Paseo de los Tristes: A scenic walk along the Darro River, offering beautiful views of the Alhambra and charming historical buildings.

  • Casa del Chapiz: A historic house featuring a blend of Moorish and Christian architectural styles, now home to the School of Arab Studies.

  • Barrio del Sacromonte: Known for its cave houses and vibrant flamenco shows, this area offers a glimpse into Granada’s gypsy culture.

  • Mirador de San Nicolás: A popular viewpoint offering panoramic views of the Alhambra, Sierra Nevada mountains, and the city.

  • Arco de las Pesas: A historic gateway in the Albaicín that dates back to the Zirid dynasty, featuring intricate Moorish designs.

  • Palacio Dar-al-Horra: A palace with beautiful gardens and interiors, once the residence of the mother of the last Moorish king of Granada.

  • San Miguel Alto: A hilltop viewpoint that requires a hike but rewards with sweeping views of Granada and the surrounding area.

  • Catedral de Granada: A grand Renaissance cathedral known for its impressive façade and ornate interior chapels.

  • Capilla Real: The royal chapel where the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, are buried, featuring exquisite Gothic and Renaissance art.

  • Monasterio de la Cartuja: A Carthusian monastery renowned for its elaborate Baroque architecture and richly decorated interiors.

  • Plaza Nueva: The oldest square in Granada, surrounded by historic buildings, lively cafes, and offering a vibrant atmosphere.

  • Corral del Carbón: An ancient Arabic inn and trading post that has been preserved as a historical monument.

  • Basílica de San Juan de Dios: A Baroque basilica known for its stunning golden interior and the relics of Saint John of God.

  • Hammam Al Ándalus: Traditional Arab baths where visitors can relax and enjoy massages in a serene, historic setting.

  • Carmen de los Mártires: A historical park with beautiful gardens, fountains, and a small palace, perfect for a peaceful stroll.

  • Calle Elvira: A lively street lined with tapas bars, shops, and traditional tea houses, reflecting Granada's vibrant nightlife.

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