Granada is a picturesque and historic city in Southern Spain. Built atop rolling hillsides, the city is architecturally interesting and physically beautiful. Founded by Moors in the 9th century, Granada was eventually conquered by the Spanish crown in the 16th century. As a result, the city is a mix of Moorish and Spanish architecture and culture, typified by the city's incredible Moorish fortress, La Alhambra. When you arrive, take a guided walking tour of the city so you can better understand its unique history and origins. Wander through neighborhoods, like the Albayzin, stopping in for a tea at one of the city's Moroccan teahouses.
Granada is located in the picturesque foothills of Spain's Sierra Nevada, whose green peaks make a lovely backdrop to this historic city. Eating is one of the greatest pleasures of a trip to Andalucia and Granada's food scene is among the best in the region. Here, most restaurants and bars offer tapas, traditional small plates of food, which are served complimentary with every drink you order. While you are here, sample local specialties like cured ham, gazpacho, battered baby squid, cuttlefish, and oxtail. In addition to the delicious Spanish cuisine, Granada's years of Moorish influence has given rise to wonderful Middle Eastern and Moroccan restaurants.
Granada is home to one of Spain's most prestigious universities, which adds a pleasant arts-and-letters feeling to the city. Here, bookstores, cinemas, and inexpensive cafes are common and popular. Sometimes, the nicest way to explore this congenial city is to simply sit in a plaza, sipping a coffee along with the locals.
Some of Granada's most famous sights include:
-Alhambra: This sprawling fortress was constructed by Granada's former Moorish rulers and later converted to an opulent palace overlooking the city.
-Cathedral of Granada: This massive and majestic cathedral, which took almost 200 years to build, is one of Granada's most recognizable landmarks.
-Museo Casa Federico Garcia Lorca: The famed surrealist poet Federico Garcia Lorca spent summers at his family's house in Granada, now a small museum chronicling his life through photographs and artifacts.
-Albayzin: Granada's historic Muslim neighborhood is a charming tangle of narrow streets where visitors and residents congregate for craft shopping and dine in wonderful Middle Eastern restaurants.
-Hammam Banos Arabes: These Moorish baths were built even before the construction of the Alhambra, but you can still soak in their warm waters.
-Monasterio de la Cartuja: Considered one of Spain's most beautiful monasteries, La Cartuja was built over 300 years, with a 16th century facade and a 17th century nave.
Enjoy Granada, Spain, in a comfortable vacation rental. To join in the lively atmosphere in town, look for an apartment or luxury condo along one of Granada's historic, narrow streets. Open the balcony doors of your villa to gaze over the iconic turrets of La Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada beyond.
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