Granada

The province of Granada has it all: tropical beaches, a rich history and the Sierra Nevada. Visit the sites or bathe in the morning, ski in the afternoon!

There are very few cities which have such a dense history, so well reflected in its many monuments, in its appearance and in the atmosphere of its daily life as Granada.

The Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens, always have a pleasant climate due to the abundance of fountains. From the emblematic Torre de la Vela, the area of the Alcazada, to the gardens of the Generalife or even higher still, to the Seat of the Moro; all this immense area is rich with views of the city.

The visitor is offered a myriad of wonders: from the Patio of the Lions to the gardens of Lindaraja and not forgetting the adjoining Renaissance palace, the Palace of Carlos V or the beautiful doorways.

Below lies the Renaissance and baroque city which displays many constant reminders of its Arabic past. The great Renaissance cathedral is adjoined by the exquisite late Gothic Royal Chapel where the tomb of the reyes católicos (Catholic King and Queen) and a good art gallery can be found.

Nearby there are many traces of this city’s long Arabic past such as the Alcaicería, the narrow market, and close by, the Corral del Carbón, the old market.

You will find baroque churches, including San Juan de Dios, San Justo y Pastor as well as numerous palaces.

The Albaicín includes old minarets, such as San José, well-preserved fragments of the old city wall and squares, like San Nicolás, with wonderful views.

After reaching the Sacromonte and the gardens of the House of Chapiz go down towards one of the most beautiful streets in Andalucía, the Carrera Del Darro. The river runs on one side and on the other there are palaces, with the Alhambra on one side and the white Moorish Albaicín on the other.

Granada is surrounded by rich, fertile lands with poplar groves and farmland separating the villages.
The coast of the province of Granada – the Costa Tropical – spans two regions; the Alpujarra strip on one side and the plains or lowlands of Motril and Almuñecar on the other, in the valley of the River Verde where tropical crops such as the custard apple, avocado and papaya add colour to the countryside. Nearby is La Herradura, an attractive sheltered bay, and the typical white-washed village of Salobreña with its fortress. It only takes an hour and a half by car to go from the snow in the mountains to the warm tropical coast.

Las Alpujarras, the last Moorish refuge, is today well-known in all its beauty. Perched on the sides of the mountains are the white villages with their typical terraced architecture.

The Sierra Nevada, with the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, is today the great winter resort in southern Europe.

Getting There

The best way to get to Granada is by hiring a car. If you are on holiday with a company then speak to your holiday representative or Golf Service, who will arrange car hire for you or will suggest a coach tour if you do not want to drive yourself.

If you do make your own way to Granada and want to visit the Alhambra Palace, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU BUY AN ENTRANCE TICKET BEFORE YOU GO!
Tickets can be bought from any BBVA bank at approx. 25€.
This is also important as the Palace is not always open to the public.

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