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Granada’s Guide

 

The city of Granada

Granada is a city situated at the South-East part of Andalusia, with around 280.000 inhabitants. Thanks to its geographic situation and its orography, Sierra Nevada (3.480) ski slopes are at 30 Km distance to the city centre. Granada is one of the most atractive places in Europe for enjoying winter sports and culture in general.

 

Alhambra views

 

Sierra Nevada

 

Moreover, Granada is only 75 Km far away from the famous Tropical Coast!

 

Costa Tropical de Granada

 

There are many sides to the town:

A Moorish town

It was the last kingdom to be reconquered by the Christians from the Moors. Its Moorishness is evident throughout the town, but especially in the Alhambra Palace and Generalife, one of the most visited monuments in the world, and, on the opposite hill, the Albaicín, the ancient moorish quarter with its narrow cobbled lanes and squares and traditional houses.

 

Palacio de Carlos V

 

A Renaissance and modernist town

Renaissance because of the large amount of buildings in this style of architecture, particularly religious buildings, which were built at the time of the Christians arrival in the 16th century. Modernist since the beginning of the 20th century because of the modernist style borrowed from Catalonia after the creation of the Granadan sugar refining industry.

 

A centre for Flamenco, takes place on the district of Sacromonte, inhabited by gypsies who are singers, dancers and guitarists. They have spread their art throughout the world.

A university town, with one of the oldest universities in Spain (over 500 years old) and one of the biggest ones, with about 60,000 international students. Walking on the streets and going to the tapas’ bars will show you a young environment, that gives to Granada a typically Spanish character.

A cultural town. Apart from Semana Santa (Easter) and Fiestas del Corpus, other events stand out: Jazz Festival (Autumn), International Festival of Theatre (Spring) and International Festival of Music and Dance (Spring). As well as these events theatrical representations, concerts and flamenco shows, etc., occur throughout the year at the Manuel de Falla cultural centre, Palacio de Congresos and in other centres created for these purposes.

 

Flamenco in Granada

 

Thanks to all that, Granada has become a world reference for what refers to cultural life, traditions and toleration.

 

Tapas in Granada

Have you ever heard about ‘tapas‘? For instance, every bar in Granada always offer tapas (a little meal) together with each glass of beer (or any drink). So, going to a tapas tour with iNMSOL will let you taste the most typical meals of the city and try one of the best beers of the world: the Alhambra 1925, made in Granada, of course, and named after the famous monument.

 

Tapas in Granada

Special events

Semana Santa (Easter), Día de la Cruz, Corpus Christy (Feria de Granada), International Festival of Music and Dance (summertime), Festival Flamenco, Flamenco Joven, Certamen Internacional De Guitarra, Romería de San Cecilio, Festival de Cortometraje, Jazz Festival, Zaidín Quarter Festival, International Tango Festival (March), Summer in the Corral del Carbón (Theatre and Flamenco), etc.

 

Semana Santa Granada

Fuente: Ideal

Monuments and Places to visit

Do not miss any of these essential places to visit in Granada city and surroundings:

 

MAIN MONUMENTS

  • Alhambra and Generalife Castle and Gardens
  • Cathedral
  • Royal Chapel
  • Carmen de los Mártires
  • La Cartuja Monastery

MUSEUMS

  • Archeological Museum
  • La Zambra Flamenco Museum
  • Huerta de San Vicente
  • Arts and popular customs Museum
  • Fine Arts Museum
  • Carmen-Museum Rodríguez Acosta
  • Manuel de Falla House-Museum
  • Sciences’ Park
  • Jose Guerrero Museum

PLACES

  • Plaza Nueva
  • Trinidad Square
  • Bib-Rambla Square
  • Plaza del Carmen (City Hall)

GRANADA SURROUNDINGS

  • La Alpujarra
  • Natural Park of “Sierra Nevada”
  • Costa Tropical

 

Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo

 

The weather in Granada

Our general climate of Andalusia is quite warm, but Granada has a very different weather among seasons. Summer can get really warm and winter is cold. This fact is really helpful to keep all the different activities that you can do in the city and surroundings. You can get detailed metherologic information here:

AEMET (Granada)

FORECA (Granada)

Weather in Granada

 

FOR MORE INFO VISIT:

Legends of Granada  Essential places in Granada