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It’s difficult to know where to begin when writing about Granada, renown across the world and one of the most famous cities in Spain.  With a population approaching half a million, Granada lies in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.  It is set at 738 metres above sea level, one hour by car to the Mediterranean coast and just under an hour to the Sierra Nevada Ski Station at 2,100 to 3,300 metres above sea level.

It is, of course, for the Alhambra that Granada is known.  The Moorish citadel, garden and palace complex are the most renowned Andalusian, Islamic buildings in the world.  The Alhambra represented the zenith in Nasrid art of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Founded in Roman times, it was the Umayyad conquest of Spain dating from 711 AD which was to create Granada and set the scene to make it one of the most important cities in the south of Spain (Al-Andalus). From 711 AD until the final surrender of the Muslim rulers in 1492, Granada flourished and grew.  Like many forward looking liberal cities, Granada had Arab, Berber, Christian and Jewish quarters and all lived in relative harmony.

The Alhambra was a fortress, citadel, palace and fabulous gardens (Generalife) where the Muslim rulers could get away from the stresses of life.  Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor added a palace in 1527.

There are Christian monuments too in the city.  The Renaissance Cathedral was built on the site of the Nasrid Mosque of Granada.  Then there is the Royal Chapel, the Albayzin neighbourhood with narrow, labyrinthine streets, the picturesque Sacromonte neighbourhood and the charterhouse monastery.

Winters in Granada are generally cool and wet and the summers hot and dry, with temperatures sometimes reaching 34°C.

There are good train connections from Granada and the nearest airport is the Federico Garcia Lorca Airport about 15km from the city.

Granada is rarely quiet and uncrowded but there is much to do and see and it is never boring.

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Activities in Granada

GRANADA

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada stands the province’s capital city, Granada, which is a fusion of western and eastern civilisations. The capital of the former Nasrid kingdom, the old city preserves an urban atmosphere with picturesque areas. The Alhambra, one of the most fascinating monumental sites in the world, overlooks the city.

Alhambra Palace (Guided tour joining a group) - Granada
 

Price is £27 per adult, £20 per teenager (14-18 years) and £13 per child (8-13 years)


Divided into four main areas – the Palaces, the Alcazaba, the Medina and the Generalife Estate, either a full morning or afternoon visit is recommended to really appreciate this wondrous monument. Reachable on foot (1.6km) or by public transport, due to its popularity and limited visitors per day, it is recommended to book visits to the Alhambra in advance, subject to availability.

Notes

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Daily departures all year (except 25 December and 01 January)
  • Minimum no: 2 people
  • Maximum no: 12 people
  • Children under 8 years are free of charge



Guided Bike Tour - Granada

Visit Granada by electric bike and discover the some of the many marvels this beautiful city has to offer. The guided tour explores the typical districts of Albaicín and Sacromonte, the gypsy caves and San Nicolas viewpoint.

Price is £49 per person

Notes

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Daily departures all year 
  • Minimum no: 2 people
  • Maximum no: 10 people
  • Suitable from 15 years upwards

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One of my favourite cities in Spain, a city which offers a different aspect in each of its districts. It is here where you will find the world famous Alhambra Palace, a magnificent fortress and palace that is not to be missed if visiting the city. Due to its popularity tickets must be purchased in advance to avoid missing out. Book a morning, afternoon or evening slot and allow a few hours to wonder around at leisure to truly enjoy and appreciate such a magnificent piece of Spanish history.

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Spanish

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Yasmin Zaidi
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One of my favourite cities in Spain, a city which offers a different aspect in each of its districts. It is here where you will find the world famous Alhambra Palace, a magnificent fortress and palace that is not to be missed if visiting the city. Due to its popularity tickets must be purchased in advance to avoid missing out. Book a morning, afternoon or evening slot and allow a few hours to wonder around at leisure to truly enjoy and appreciate such a magnificent piece of Spanish history.

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