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Granada - City
Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.
GRANADA: "The Moorish Jewel"
Granada is one of the pearls of Spain, most visited by tourists from all the world. The long-time capital of Moorish Andalusia has to offer the most important reminds of this epoch in Spanish history, with the world-famous "Alhambra" at the top of the list.
Walk through beautiful gardens, charming narrow streets filled with flowers, sit down in one of those typical taverns to have some of that famous "Trevélez" ham and local wine, and breath the centuries of history around you anywhere. There are gypsies singing "Flamenco", and don't miss to visit their famous "Cuevas" - caves - in the mountain of the monastery of Sacromonte where some of them really live still nowadays making magnificent artisany. Granada's popular festivals, based as well on Moorish as Christian tradition, are most attractive.
The city is located at the foot of the "Sierra Nevada", the Iberian Peninsula's highest mountain-massif with great posssibilities for winter-sports. The highest peak is the "Mulhacén" at 3478 meters. On the other hand it is not far from the Mediterranean sea, so Granada is a great place to visit in any season
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Places to visit in GranadaAlhambra Alhambra
The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications. Wikipedia
The Palacio de Generalife was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, now beside the city of Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Wikipedia
Capilla Real Royal Chapel
The Royal Chapel of Granada is an Isabelline style building, constructed between 1505 and 1517, and originally integrated in the complex of the neighbouring Granada Cathedral. It is the burial place of the Spanish monarchs, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand, the so-called Catholic Monarchs. Wikipedia
Granada Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Incarnation is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Granada, capital of the province of the same name in the Autonomous Region of Andalusia, Spain. The cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Granada. Wikipedia
The Albaicín or Albayzín as it was known under Muslim rule, is a district of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. It retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past dating back to the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, along with the Alhambra. Wikipedia
The Palace of Charles V is a Renaissance building in Granada, southern Spain, located on the top of the hill of the Assabica, inside the Nasrid fortification of the Alhambra. The building has never been a home to a monarch and stood roofless until 1957. Wikipedia
In the heart of the Albaicín, amongst the winding streets leading down to the river Darro and beneath the silhouette of La Alhambra, stands the Nazari Casa Zafra. It was built in the 14th century by an important family of the kingdom in the middle of the Axares or Deleite district, the suburb of the Albaicín where Andalucian aristocrats built their houses and mansions. Granada, the last Islamic stronghold in the Peninsula, sheltered numerous refugees for a large part of the 15th century, as the Christian conquest was gaining Nazari territory. The population density of the Albaicín saw practically an overflow that would usually result in the expansion of houses by adding more floors to the building, like what happened in Casa Zafra.
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Granada and surroundings
GranadaCredit : Canal Andalucia Turismo Published: 2015
Credit : Canal Andalucia Turismo Published: 2009