Granada is a town situated at the South-East part of Andalusia, with 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. This is considered one of the most atractive place in Europe for enjoying winter sports.
Moreover, Granada is only 75 km far away from the famous Tropical Coast.
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.
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, centred on the district of Sacromonte, inhabited by gypsies who have become 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 students coming from all over the world. Walking on the streets and going to the tapas’ bars you will find 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, the Palacio de Congresos and in various other centres created for these purposes.
Thanks to all that, Granada has become a world reference for what referes to cultural life, traditions and tolleration.
Semana Santa (Easter), “Spring” Party, Día de la Cruz, Corpus Christie ( Feria de Granada), International Festival of Music and Dance (Summertime), Festival Flamenco, Flamenco Joven, Certamen Internacional De Guitarra, Fiesta de San Cecilio, Festival de Cortometraje, Jazz Festival, Zaidín quarter Festival, International Tango Festival (March), Summer inthe Corral del Carbón (theatre and Flamenco), etc.
Monuments and Places to visit
Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Cathedral, Royal Chapel, Madraza, La Virgen de las Angustias Church, San Juan de Dios Church, Santa Ana Church, San Pedro Church,Colegiata del Salvador, Carmen de los Mártires, la Cartuja Monastery, Archeological Museum, los Pisa’s House, la Zambra Flamenco Museum, Albayzin, Sacromonte and Realejo Quarters, Corral del Carbón, Huerta de San Vicente, Arts and popular customs Museum, Dar Al Horra Palace, Max Moreau House-Museum, Gómez Moreno Museum, Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo, Fine Arts Museum, Carmen-Museum Rodríguez Acosta, Manuel de Falla House-Museum, San Jerónimo Monastery, Sciences Park, Contemporary Arts Centre, Jose Guerrero Museum, Plaza Nueva, Plaza de la Trinidad, Plaza de Bib-Rambla, Plaza del Carmen (City Hold), Winter Park “Llano de la Perdiz”, García Lorca Park (Huerta de San Vicente), La Alpujarra, Natural Park of “Sierra Nevada”, etc.
- Metherologic Information: http://www.aemet.es/es/eltiempo/prediccion/espana