You find the city of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers: the Darro, the Genil, the Monachil and the Beiro. Granada is the capital of the province of the same name, just an hour away from the Mediterranean Sea and very close to the ski resort of Sierra Nevada, in the Andalusia region.
One of the touristic highlights of this region is the Alhambra Arab citadel and palace, with its vast historical Islamic legacy, cultural and architectural elements. In reality, the mixture of Islamic and Spanish architecture present in Granada, of which the Alhambra Palace is one of the crown jules, is one of the city 's greatest artistic riches along with the romantic gardens of the Generalife Palace, an exceptional venue, layout and diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains.
Old bridal parties held by the gypsies of the Granada city and that disappeared for years before their current vindication. They develop in the caves of the Sacromonte neighborhood and have a unique character in the world of flamenco. There are also more classic flamenco shows in the Albaicín, Granada. These flamenco shows, usually linked to restaurants, are one of the city's cultural attractions.
The Bañuelo baths are located on the ground floor of a private house, in the Carrera del Darro, at the foot of the Alhambra, and show us the degree of refinement that the Spanish Arabs had a thousand years ago. The Bañuelo de Granada is one of the few places of this type that managed to save itself from the destruction of the Catholic Monarchs since among the Christians the Arab baths had a reputation comparable to that of brothels. This wonder has survived despite the fact that a private house was built on it almost from the day the Castilians occupied the city.
The Alhambra is a castle and fortress, a royal palace and a city, with amazing gardens; it is also a summer retreat. Built between the 13th and 14th centuries, it was the jewel of the Nasrid kingdom that came to encompass all of Almería, Malaga, and Granada, as well as part of other provinces.
Albaicín is the oldest neighbourhood in Granada. Located in front of the Alhambra hill, on the San Cristóbal hill, and surrounded by the Sacromonte, Elvira street and the Darro river, the Albaicín is a world apart. It has always been a city closed in on itself within Granada, perhaps due to the strong Muslim influence, it has had since its origins. The neighbourhood represents a unique and well-preserved sample of Spanish-Muslim architecture from the medieval period. It is a place to relax, to walk its alleys and discover viewpoints that do not come in any guide.
The main company operating bus transport in Granada is Transportes Rober. There is also bus transportation to and from the airport with the company Alsa. Granada railway station has rail connections with many cities in Spain. There are several types of train service to and from Granada, including AVE (high speed long distance) via the Antequera–Granada high-speed rail line. The closest AVE connection is in Antequera.
Granada has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate close to a cold semi-arid climate. Summers are hot and dry with daily temperatures averaging 34°C in the hottest month (July); however, temperatures reaching over 40°C are not uncommon in the summer months. Winters are cool and damp, with most of the rainfall concentrated from November through to January.
Granada offers the possibility to shop in open-air venues set up on the city streets, like Calle Recogidas, Calle Reyes Católicos, Calle Mesones and Calle Elvira. In these open-air shopping venues, some are more popular, some are renowned for having great prices. In any case, be sure that you’ll be amazed by what you can find in these street-shopping centres, from modern shops like H&M and Zara to high-end boutiques, clothes, shoes and home decor items, as well as toys for kids. For a more regular type of shopping centre, you can head to Centro Comercial Nevada.
The gastronomy of Granada is part of the Arabic-Andalusian cuisine tradition, with a strong Arab and Jewish heritage, which is reflected in its condiments and spices, such as cumin, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, almonds or honey. The climatic differences of the different regions of the province, from the coast to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada propitiates a great variety of raw materials: vegetables, meats and sausages, fish that are combined in a multitude of dishes and recipes for soups and stews.
The nearest civil airport is Federico García Lorca Airport, about 15 km west of Granada. The Armilla Air Base was the first civil airport serving the city and its surroundings but it was replaced by the former airport in the 1970s and repurposed for military uses.
Only an hour away driving south from Granada is the very beautiful and picturesque Costa Tropical. Considered by many to be more relaxed, with a perfect sub-tropical climate you can enjoy sun and ski on the Costa Tropical. There are four main beach locations in the Costa Tropical province of Granada: Almuñecar, Salobreña, Motril and La Herradura. Beyond the beaches, you can also visit the AquaTropic Water Park located on the beach of Velilla. This water park of 35,000 m2 stands out for being the only one that offers all the leisure activities of a water park but with saltwater.
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