Granada is one of the most charming provinces in Spain. Despite its size, it has many ingredients that make it a must stop. The capital may not be remarkable itself, but it has a sensational highlight:
- The Alhambra, the best medieval arabic palace in the world is this castle from the ancient kingdom of Granada until 1492, when it was conquered. Its beauty was such that it was not only neither destroyed nor looted, but the Christian kings established in it their permanent residence. It is currently the second most visited monument in Spain just behind the Prado Museum in Madrid, and a world-famous architectural wonder. The nearby streets and their lookout points offer spectacular views of the monument.
- The rest of the city is beautiful without being spectacular, but the mixture of squares, gardens, old quarters and the university atmosphere form a very attractive set. Especially Granada is to be enjoyed peacefuly, making stops here and there, being one of the best known places in the country for its tapas.
But the province also has a lot to do. With Mediterranean climate on the coast and mountains over 3,000 meters high inland, the possibilities are multiple:
- A few kilometers away is Sierra Nevada, one of the most important mountain ranges in the country and the highest, frequented by hikers in summer and skiers in winter. The Alpujarra, in the south slope of the mountain range, has some white villages famous for its beauty and gastronomic products.
- On the coast you will find great beaches. La Herradura is one of the main dive centers in Spain.
In short, as in many other places in Spain, Granada deserves much more than the couple of days that most tourists spend.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- GRANADA CITY
- THE ALHAMBRA
- SIERRA NEVADA
- ALPUJARRA VILLAGES: CAPILEIRA, PAMPANEIRA AND TREVÉLEZ
- DIVING IN LA HERRADURA
Dedicated to my favorite pure Grenadines, my mother, my aunt and especially my grandmother on her 93rd birthday