At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a meeting-place of civilisations since ancient times and the last Spanish city held by the Arab colonists, Granada is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with a rich cultural life and wonderful atmosphere, attracting millions of tourists every year. The streets are always lively, full of bars where you can sample the local tapas. And the Mediterranean coast is just an hour away.
Its most famous site is undoubtedly the Alhambra, a complex of buildings and gardens from the Nasrid era, overlooking the city from its hill, one of the wonders of the post-Classical world. Along with the gardens of the Generalife and the district of Albaicín, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A leisurely stroll around the city centre will also bring you to other impressive sights, including the Cathedral.
The city’s Islamic heritage is apparent in its culinary traditions, its local crafts, and the layout of its streets.
Alhambra and Generalife: The Alhambra is said to be the world’s most spectacular Arab fortress. The gardens and palaces can also be visited by night, and there are exclusive tours when the site is closed to the general public. In summer, many of the Alhambra's spaces and gardens host the Granada’s International Festival of Music and Dance.
Albaicín: A neighbourhood of narrow streets and traditional houses which recall the vernacular architecture of Arab towns, with an impressive viewing point at San Nicolás, offering one of the finest views of the Alhambra at sunset.
Themed tours: Historic tours such as the 'Boabdil Route', recalling the last Muslim king of Granada, or the 'Route from La Vega to the Medina', taking in Arab fortifications and marketplaces.
Festivals and fiestas: the International Festival of Music and Dance is held in June and July. Many of the city’s attractions and iconic places become the setting for concerts and shows of every kind, organised for the festival: dance, ballet, flamenco, opera, shows for children, parades, etc.
Shoppers will find everything from fashionable boutiques to traditional shops where you can buy antiques or handmade souvenirs, such as lace mantillas.
The main mosque of Granada is in Plaza de San Nicolás, in the Albaicín district.