Granada is often called “The Jewel in the Andalusian Crown” and even just a few days in the city will show you why. All around is stunning Moorish architecture – the city was occupied by the Arabs from the 8th century and they even gave it its name. Always in the background is the imposing Sierra Nevada mountain range, which is well worth exploring if you're hiring a car in Granada. Add to this a great year-round climate and a relaxed attitude to life that is typified by the love of tapas. It all adds up to a very appealing place for a visit.
The undoubted star of the show is the Alhambra. With parts dating back to the 14th century it's widely recognised as the most stunning and well-preserved Moorish building in Europe. Part fort and part palace, it is all amazing architecture with intricate detailing and stunning ceramics. The central palace complex is called the Palacios Nazaries and is the pinnacle of the Alhambra's design. It follows the classic design of being built around a central courtyard including an impressive fountain. The Moorish influence can also be seen in the city's shopping area in the historic quarter where narrow, winding streets lead to the Great Bazaar. In the heat of the summer a great place to cool down and relax is in the Hammam, or Arab baths. There are three rooms of different temperatures and these two-hour sessions will be sure to do the trick. Granada's Christian past is perfectly symbolised by the city's cathedral. This cavernous edifice is a stunning combination of both Renaissance and Baroque influences. Granada is also just a short drive from the so-called Costa Tropical which has many unspoilt beaches to savour, as well as nearby quaint fishing villages to explore.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0900-1300 1630-1930, Sa 0900-1400, Su closed
Address: Av. Fuente Nueva