Because of its perfect synthesis of typical elements of Iberian and Arabic cultures, Granada is an Andalusian city with a unique style around the world, . Granada, which was conquered by the Moors was the last city to be taken over by the Catholic monarchs in 1492, thus maintaining a strong Middle Eastern sign. The particular charm of this town origins from this combination of style and from its geographical position, between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea. Do not miss the Alhambra, a Moorish fortress that was built in the XIV century and contains the splendid palaces where Arab emirs lived, with great mosaic tiling, patios, and gardens.
Located in Granada, Spain, the Alhambra
is a spectacular fortress of Moorish and Christian styles built in AD889. This fortress hosted the royal Nasrid Dynasty until 1492. Alhambra, in Arabic means “the red”, probably derived from the reddish color of the Tapia of which the outer walls were made of. The French King, Charles V fell in love on this castle and built a palace in front of it to admire it's beauty. The Alhambra is a must see in Granada. It is important to mention that the entry tickets sell out very fast and, therefore, the Alhambra is sold out on most of the days of the year. It is recommendable to book in advance.
The neighborhood of Albaycin
is the Moorish district of Granada. Composed of narrow streets, it is located just on the foot of the famous Alhambra. This Moorish neighborhood dates back to the Nasrid Dynasty on Granada and is one of the most important sites of the Muslim heritage in Granada. It was declared as a world heritage site in 1984.
is a traditional neighborhood in the east of Granada city. It is one of the six blocks that composed the old district of Albaycin. Sacromonte is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of Granada with all the gypsy caves and the uniques lanscape. The caves of the Sacromonte are dating back to the 15th century. Sacromonte is also known for it's numerous Flamenco show held on the caves of the neighborhood.
Cathedral of Granada
The Granada Cathedral of Incarnation
is a Roman Catholic church built between 1526 and 1561. This Renaissance-style building is a jewel of architecture. The main chapel of the cathedral is hosting two sculpture of the Catholic king and the queen sculpted by Pedro de Mana y Medrano.
is a traditional dance from Andalusia. Flamenco is impressive for the beauty of the dance and the emotions transferred by the dancers and the music. The dance is performed together with several kinds of Spanish Folklorique music. The Flamenco has an old story, dating back to the 1774 when it appeared in a book of José Cadalso. It was a typical dance performed by the gypsies from Andalusia, while it was not so practiced in the other regions as it was in the Southern part.
The Hammam Al Àndalus
is a famous Arabian Bath in Granada. Located in the historical center of the city, is an opulent spa. Dating back the Moorish invasion this bath has been closed during the fall of Granada. It was the first Arabian bath to open, nearly 500 years after the Christian monarchs closed all the baths in Spain. The Hammam is the perfect place to enjoy the tranquility of Granada and to relax during the holidays.
The tropical coast
, located in the province of Granada, is the coastline of the mediterranean sea. Thanks to its proximity to the sea and protected by the Sierra Nevada National Park the tropical coast is an area enjoying a wonderful microclimate. The weather here is beautiful and relaxing, never too hot for the summer session. In there you can also find a lot of Roman ruins like bridge, roads, and fish salting factory. Either for beach or sightseeing, the tropical coast is a great place to see.
is the capital city of Andalusia. It is also the largest city of this southern region. The Old Town of Sevilla is particularly famous for it's three building classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Alcazar Palace, the General Archives of the Indies, and the Cathedral of Sevilla. From 712 to the fall of Granada, the city was under Muslim rule and depended on the Caliphate of Córdoba. It finally became a Spanish city from the beginning of the 16th century.
is a port city on the famous Costa Del Sol. This coastal town is mostly known for its high standing hotels and its yellow sand beaches. It is also a city with a lot of Moorish ruins and building, like the Alcazaba and the former Roman theater. During the "Feria de Agosto" Malaga is one of the most animated city in Andalusia and a lot of events are held in the famous Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta.