Granada, the provincial capital of Granada located in Andalusia in the south of Spain, is set in the idyllic location at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains at the convergence of three rivers, Beiro, Darro and Genil and only one hour from the Mediterranean Coast.
Holding the 13th largest urban area of Spain, Granada's main attraction is the Alhambra, the most visited monument of Spain and a Moorish palace bringing tourists from all over the world to the city to see this Islamic legacy. The city's history dates back to more than a thousand years and has UNESCO-granted World Heritage Sites.
With the prestigious University of Granada, it is well know also for holding some of the best vibrant student nightlife in the country along with 2 other cities.
Granada is a historic, vibrant city offering something for everyone. Due to strong cultural influences from the Moors, there are diverse districts where you can go to visit gardens, parks, monuments and popular restaurants of both Spanish and Arabic food.
As the hometown of Federico García Lorca, Granada doesn't fail to disappoint with its wide range of attractions and stunning architecture, the city is described as being “open all year round”.
Places of Interest
Being Spain's most popular attraction, the Alhambra exhibits the country's most famous Islamic architecture and is described as “a pearl set in emeralds” due to the colour of its buildings and the woods around them. The Alhambra was a palace, citadel and fortress and is a result of evolution, therefore contains much history within its walls. Today, there are four groups of buildings on the Alhambra Palace hill; the Alcazaba fortress which served a military purpose and watches over the surrounding hill, the Nasrid Palaces which host a number of extravagant rooms and courtyards originally used by the Muslim rulers, the Generalife Gardens bursting with stunning scenery and the town of Medina containing the largest part of the Alhambra's walled area as well as various ruins. Exhibiting incredible grandeur, this place is definitely Granada's, and one of Spain's, must-see sight.
This is the old Moorish quarter of the city located on the hill facing the Alhambra with incredibly magnificent views of it from the palace's famous rose gardens. The area is amidst beautiful churches such as San Nicolás with breathtaking views of the Generalife wish the Sierra Nevada backdrop, San Salvador on the site of the Great Mosque of Granada and also San Juan de los Reyes.
Situated in Valparaíso Valley, facing the Alhambra, located on either side of the Darro River this place is abundant with banks and beautiful Mediterranean forest. It is the traditional gypsy area of Granada who speak their own language “el calé” and are well known for their festivals.
This mountain range is the highest point in continental Spain being 3, 478 m above sea level and is Europe's most southern ski resort blessed with incredible sunshine. This is extremely popular with tourists and has 103 different tracks.
The Tropical Coast Beaches
With crystal-clear water, 320 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 20 degrees, the 80km of Tropical Coast is a spectacle of idyllic beaches and the only place in Europe where subtropical fruits can be cultivated. This stunning tourist area hosts a jazz festival in the summer and further inland, offers other activities such as golf, paragliding, scuba-diving and nautical sports.
Parque de las Ciencias
This 70,000 m2 interactive museum is located a few minutes from Granada's historical city centre and offers fascinating cultural and scientific elements to explore. The varying features include exploring the human anatomy, a space for new technologies and innovation and exhibition productions from Spain and all over the world.
Federico García Lorca
As the birthplace of the famous Spanish poet and dramatist, and also a skilled painter, pianist and composer, Granada offers much dedicated to him.
Federico García Lorca
This was once the countryside surrounding Lorca's home and is now an enchanting park ideal for strolls and picnics, blooming with stunning flowers and fabulous greenery. The park's “rosaleda” is not to be missed as it is an incredible intertwining of hundreds of species of roses.
Huerto San Vicente
This used to be the García Lorca family´s summer home from 1926 to 1936 and is where he wrote many of his famous works. This place is now open to the public as a house-museum and is a fascinating way to become acquainted with one of Spain's most well-known writers. Tickets are 3€, 1€ concessions and free for under 11s. It is also free for all every Wednesday.
This is the birthplace of Lorca and has been restored. It contains a wealth of exhibits, manuscripts and even first editions for sketches of theatre scenery. Works of other contemporaries are also on display which relate to the poet's life.
House in Valderrubio
This is where Lorca spent his childhood days after his family moved from Vaqueros. It is a small farmhouse which his father owned in a lovely village with a beautiful ambiance.
Getting to Granada
The town is reachable by two nearby airports, both only 15 km away. The Federico García Lorca (FGL) airport and the Aeropuerto Nacional de Granada in the town of Chauchina can both be reached with several low-cost Spanish airlines.
Granada also has a bus station and there are a number of bus and coach companies that travel into the city making a visit here feasible at a reasonably low cost.
The train station is located right in the middle of the city centre and tickets can be bought from RENFE which is the national Spanish railway company. There are lines well-connected to places all over the country
Getting around the city
Even though Granada is bursting with things to see and do, it is still extremely easy to get around. There are well-connected bus routes running regularly and all throughout the city. There are also taxis and the possibility to hire a bike if you fancy seeing the sites in the open air. Granada is quite often congested due to its enormous popularity with tourists so most of the time walking is probably easier and also the size of the city is such that walking everywhere is not a problem. As it has a large number of students, prices are not too high so you can enjoy the tapas bars and see the sights without ending up with an empty pocket!