Granada is a city and municipality in Andalusia, in the southeast of Spain, and is the capital of the province of Granada. It is the fourth largest city in Andalusia, after Seville, Málaga and Córdoba. Granada is located at 738 meters above sea level, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Centuries ago it was the capital of the Granada taifa and the kingdom of Granada.
The city is home to one of Spain’s most famous monuments, the Alhambra, a gigantic historic palace full of remains of both Moorish and Catholic culture. The old city is one of the best preserved examples of Almohad city planning. Furthermore, Granada is known for its prestigious university: Universidad de Granada, and an associated nightlife. It is one of the most important Spanish student cities.
Below a selection of the sights:
- Alhambra and the Generalife: the Alhambra was a palace, and the home of the Nasridsultans and senior officials (from the 13th to the 14th centuries).
- Albaicín: an old Arab neighborhood, with winding streets and houses from the 14th century.
- Bañuelo: Arabic bath houses
- Granada Cathedral: one of the largest cathedrals in the world
Visit Granada from a Casa Esther holiday home – a great day out.