Seville may have the pasión and Córdoba a medieval charm, but Granada has an edge. Most visitors concentrate solely on the magnificent Alhambra, but if you explore further, you’ll find Andalucía’s hippest, most youthful city, with a ‘free tapas’ culture, innovative bars and intimate flamenco haunts.
Here the Islamic past feels recent, as Muslim North Africans make up some 10% of the population; there’s even a modern mosque in the medieval district of the Albayzín. And though Granada looks alpine, with the white-capped Sierra Nevada peaks startlingly close, you could just as easily go swimming down on the coast for the day and be back in time to enjoy the city’s nightlife.
Best places to stay in Granada
Andalucia - Granada Province (Chapter)
Granada has it all: the looks, the jewels, the sense of fun, a streetwise edge and, while the magnificent Alhambra continues to count among the region's 'do before you die' sights, there is so much more to this Andalucian star city.
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Granada beyond the Alhambra
Granada’s Alhambra, a 1000-year-old palace complex that rises like an Arabian Nights fantasy at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is a hard act to follow. After basking in the glory of its foppish Nasrid rulers amid ornate palaces and even more ornate gardens, everything else threatens to be anti-climactic...
Skip the Line: Alhambra Tour and Granada Hammam
Combine a visit to the Alhambra, Granada’s top historical site, with an afternoon of blissful indulgence at the city’s Arab baths -- Hammam Al Andalus. Start with a skip-the-line morning tour around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra, seeing its highlights like Alcazaba Fortress and Generalife Gardens, and then relax at leisure in the spa pools at the baths.
Marrakech to Barcelona
Travel through Morocco and Spain. From the splendidly chaotic medinas of Marrakech, through the ancient city of Seville, to the artistic streets of Barcelona, come and explore the great Moorish metropolises of Morocco and Spain. Step back in time as you wander down medieval alleyways and through crumbling Roman ruins.
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