Granada is the capital and city of province of Granada. It is located at foot of Sierra Nevada Mountains and at an altitude of 738 metres you will enjoy fresh air. It is only an hour drive from Mediterranean coast. It is the 13th largest city in Spain with about 4 % of its residents not citizens of Spain. The following are some of must visit places in Granada during your holiday:
This is the most popular place in Granada. It is a place of indescribable beauty. You may call it both a fortress and a palace surrounded by walls. It has a rich history; being the residence of Nasrid sultans from 13th century and 15th century. Its splendour is evident in its towers, palaces, gardens, and royal apartments. It gives you the taste of the Nasrid dynasty. The visiting times are divided into two: morning and afternoon. The night visits are limited only to the Generallife, Alcazaba, and the Nasrid Palaces.
It is built on a site of former Great Mosque. The interior of Cathedral of Granada is imposed with many beautiful chapels. Royal Chapel is a burial place of Catholic Kings and it is just adjacent. You can visit this place on any other day except Sunday and during public holidays. You do not need any tickets in advance as they are available on site.
This is another must see place in Granada. It is adjacent to River Darro hence its name. It is crossed by 2 stone bridges. From this place you will enjoy amazing views of different major places in the city. Plaza Nueva is located here and it is regarded as oldest square in the city. There are a total of 11 routes you can get to this place by bus. It is also a walking distance from the city centre. If you love beer, you are free to have it in Paseo de los Tristes as you enjoy beautiful views of Alhambra.
These are two historical districts of Granada. Albaycin is situated on a hill opposite Alhambra. You will find narrow streets that are lined with the ancient Arab houses. Sacromonte is popular for its gypsy caves, flamenco shows, and beautiful natural surroundings. There are over 30 routes you can use to get to these places. Being a steep hill, you are advised to wear comfortable pair of shoes. Take care not to get lost in the narrow streets. If you are a person of wine, you can enjoy it during sunsets.
The caves in Sacromonte bring true taste of real Spain via the authentic flamenco shows. There are so many restaurants where you can enjoy the flamenco dancing. The shows cost about 20 Euros. You will also get a chance to enjoy the Granadian cuisine during your holiday in the city. Most restaurants give free snacks, but you need to pay for the drink first.
Granada is not just a tradition, it is philosophy of life. It has a rich taste of life evidenced with amazing views and nice people.