Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It lies in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is known for grand examples of medieval architecture that dates back to the Moorish occupation. The hilltop fortress complex of Alhambra encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools.
The most visited monument in Granada is the Alhambra. It is most frequented not just in Granada but even in Spain! This UNESCO World Heritage site is also called “Red Palace.” The structure was built in the 13th century by Moorish rulers. And it served as their residence.
The whole site covers more than 140,000 square meters. The three must see parts are:
• Nasrid Palaces are also called the Comares Palace is the former palace of the sultan. The Palace of the Lions has its famous Court of the lions and its 124 marble columns.
• Generalife used to be the sultans’ summer residence. You can walk around and enjoy the lovely flower gardens with their basins and fountains.
• Alcazaba is a 11th century military fortress. It’s the oldest part of the Alhambra. It it served as a basis for all construction afterwards. You can access several towers and enjoy the view over the city.
The Albaicin neighborhood
You could go on a stroll in the Albaicin neighborhood. It’s located on top of a hill, right across the Alhambra. Its beauty lies in the paved narrow streets and whitewashed houses. These make it one of the most authentic and charming districts of the city. This is actually Granada’s former Arab neighbourhood. You’ll find plenty of stores in a souk style market. It’s the perfect place to find oriental products such as spices or dry fruits. There are also many restaurants in the area.
There is another cool thing to do in Granada: stop by the miradors and enjoy the views over the city and the Alhambra! The most famous is the mirador de San Nicolas. This is located in the Albaicin neighbourhood. It offers a stunning view over the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada in the background. In the same area, you can also go to the mirador de San Cristobal. It’s located next to the church of the same name.
The cathedral is clearly a must-see in Granada! The cathedral was built by Catholic kings. They decided to build this cathedral dedicated to the Virgin of the Incarnation during the 16th century. However, it took nearly 200 years to be completed! There is an architectural mix of renaissance, baroque and Gothic style.
Attend a flamenco show
You cannot miss a live and authentic flamenco show when in Granada. It is such a typical Spanish activity! Granada is considered as the birthplace of flamenco. And, it is probably the best place to attend such an art performance, especially its more traditional form: the Zambra. Most shows happen in the Sacromonte neighborhood.
Carmen de los Martires garden
The garden is perfect for those looking for some calm and greenery in Granada.
You should go for a walk in Carmen de los Martires garden. Here you will see several types of gardens:
• A French garden and its pond
• The British garden with its 3-floors fountain
• The Nasrid patio and its maze
• A beautiful lake
It’s a very beautiful and well-maintained park with lovely fountains and patios