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Home to Spain’s most visited monument, the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens received a whopping 2.4 million visitors in 2014. The New York Times says “the Alhambra represents 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 can “truly admire the coffered wooden ceilings, the waterfalls of tile work, the crescendos of Kufic calligraphy and the honeycombed fretwork of the Casa Real”.
You’ll need some time to explore this city - Granada is so much more than just the Alhambra. The most popular area is the Albaicin neighbourhood – which is the largest still-inhabited Moorish quarter in Spain and the original site of an ancient Roman settlement. It is the location for many stunning ‘carmens’ or villas and you are also rewarded with some pretty special views of the Alhambra too.
Be sure to visit the splendid 15th century cathedral which was built right after the conquest of Granada in 1492 and the royal chapel where the catholic kings, Isabella and Ferdinand, lie in rest. Also the Huerta de San Vicente which was the summer home of Federico Garcia Lorca and where he wrote some of his most important works. It is now a fine house-museum.
Of course, no visit to Granada would be complete without indulging in the city's famous tapas. And as for daytrips, it's just a short drive to get to the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains and to the Costa del Sol.
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