The last kingdom to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs has an incredible artistic and historic heritage. An important cultural centre for centuries, both during Muslim and Christian rule, nowadays the city boasts an enviable calendar of cultural and leisure events: music, cinema and theatre seasons, festivals, exhibitions...
The Alhambra's reddish hills house the old Alcazaba and the Nazarite Royal Palaces. This artistic gem of Arab Granada is composed of many rooms linked by courtyards, gardens and fountains. The Generalife, the summer residence of the Nazarite Monarchs, is also located on this hill, along with the Palace of Carlos V. It is a Renaissance-style building, where the visitor can go to the Provincial Fine Arts Museum and the Alhambra Museum.
The Albaicín quarter, with a deep Arab flavour, is located on another one of the city's hills. Narrow and steep streets are filled with cármenes (traditional villas with gardens), old mosques on top of which churches have been erected (San Salvador, San Bartolomé and San José), and little squares like San Nicolás and San Cristóbal.
The highest part of the hill is taken up by the district of Sacromonte, which is the ideal place for seeing the cave-houses of Granada, the zambras (flamenco dancing) and the Chapel of Santo Sepulcro. The palace complexes of the Alhambra and Generalife, beside the Albaicin, have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The best way to approach Christian Granada is to visit the Cathedral. Although it originally had a Gothic layout, it was finished following the Renaissance style, according to the plans of Diego de Siloé. The Royal Chapel, ordered to be built by the Catholic Monarchs as their final resting place, is located inside of it. Beforehand, you will pass by the Corral del Carbón, an old Arab corn exchange, which is the present site of the Andalusian Legacy Foundation, and the Plaza de Bib-rambla, famous for its flower market. Granada completes its cultural programme with a lot of renowned festivals: The International Music and Dance Festival, the International Jazz Festival, the International Young Film-makers' Festival.
If we focus on nature, we find in Granada the Sierra Nevada National Park and Biosphere Reserve; is situated to the south-east of Granada and extends to eastern Almería. Mulhacén and Veleta, the highest peaks on the mainland are situated here. The almost perpetual snow provides a system of torrents, rivers and streams that water the sierras, ravines and valleys, creating many aquifers and springs.
Practising winter sports is also possible in the mountains in Granada, especially at the Pradollano winter resort. To discover the aquatic environment, northern Granada offers a visit to the Cueva del Agua, while, to the south of the province, the immense, beautiful beaches of the Costa Tropical: Almuñécar, Salobreña Motril…
Let’s come and discover the charm of Granada. Because of its great communications, its cultural heritage its marvellous climate, its beaches, and its snowy mountains, Granada is a unique destination for cultural, adventure and business travel.