Culture: Alhambra and Generalife, Alabaicin and Realejo neighbourhoods... Granada is living history and there are more than enough reasons to visit and enjoy it.
Food: Granada is one of the best cities in the country to drink and eat tapas: plenty of bars offer them free with drinks, so you will drink and eat very well for little money.
Alhambra majestically dominates one of the jewels of the country, a mix of cultures and landscapes.
As the capital of the last Muslim kingdom of Spain, Granada is a perfect summary of the history from the south of the Peninsula, a past that has been imbedded in the city's neighbourhoods. Alhambra and Albaicin neighbourhoods are reflections of the Islamic heritage, as the Royal Chapel and the city centre are of the Gothic and Renaissance heritage. Whether you are in the narrow and winding alleys surrounded by the whitewashed houses of Albaicin, or in the more modern Castillian urbanism, walking around Granada is a delight to your senses. Add to the mix the cosmopolitan character of a city that was political, religious and intellectual centre; the result is a place open to all kinds of travellers, where past and present walk hand in hand to offer one of the most impressive destinations in Spain.
WHAT TO DO?
It's essential to visit Alhambra and the Generalife gardens, which is the most popular sight in the country, so buying tickets in advance is advised. During your visit you will travel through time throughout the magnificent nazarí palaces, with one of the most beautiful and ornate selections of Muslim art, or to the impressive gardens, that make you feel peace and serenity almost forgotten.
Albaicin neighbourhood has viewpoints, tearooms and charming streets just above the picturesque Ribera del Darro. Sacromonte is another place to get lost, the Gypsy charm is hidden throughout this neighbourhood.
In the city centre you will find the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, home of the tomb of the Catholic Kings. In the Realejo neighbourhood you can find small shops and bazaars, not to mention it's also one of the best areas to enjoy the famous Granada tapas.
The city is a lively place, from the sunsets in any bar terrace to the rock or electronic music nights. Not forgetting some of the best tablaos (flamenco venues) in Spain. Fun is guaranteed in Granada, and luckily, it's one of the cheapest cities of the country.
If you decide to go out of the city, sporty people will find one the best ski stations in Spain just an hour away, because Granada is located at the foot of Sierra Nevada (Snowy Range), crowned by Mulhacén, the highest peak of the Peninsula. And just a little further away, you can find Motril beach.
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