Granada has one of the most interesting histories and cultures in all of Spain. The city that made us fall in love with sights and monuments to discover from the incredible Alhambra fort and old Moorish neighborhood of Albaicín to fabulous art, tapas bars, and an amazing annual fiesta.
The Top Tourist Attractions to visit in Granada are:
- Carmen de los Martires Gardens
- Bar La Fragua
The star attraction of Granada and one of the most iconic sights in Andalusia is the Alhambra fortress. The surviving relics from southern Spain to 800 years under Moorish rule, between 8 and 15 centuries, extensive complex sits atop forbiddingly Darro Valley, with sharp peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the background. Originally derived from the 9th century, the castle and the walls extensively rebuilt in the 1200s by the Moorish ruler of what was then the Emirate of Granada, Mohammed Ben Al-Ahmar. Very beautiful is the palace Nasrid; built by King Nasrid – the last Moorish rulers of Granada – during the 13th and 14th centuries, featuring some of the most interior intricate this Alhambra.
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Generalife Alhambra serves as the Summer Palace, the beautiful gardens that provides a cool place for the sultan during the summer furnace Andalusia. a narrow road running alongside delicate flowers and ponds so still that elegant arches and whitewashed walls which separates the vegetable garden palace, perfectly replicated in the water.
An external road connecting the north and south sides of the Generalife provides views of the old Arab neighborhood of Albaicín. Indeed, Albaicín itself is one of the most impressive sights in the city when seen from the tower and windows of the Alhambra and Generalife.
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Carmen de los Martires Gardens
If you are at the top of the hill to visit the Alhambra, do not back down without first wandering around the Carmen de los Martires Gardens, one of the green spaces that attract most of the city. Because the majority of visitors straight to the Alhambra, the beautiful paradise of flowers, a small pond, and a leafy lane just once sparsely populated with guests.
In spring and summer, the shady walkways that provide protection from the sun are strong, and the view of the landscape outside Granada gives a sense of space that can be lacking in the narrow city center. A fairytale tower sitting in the middle of this green oasis; climb a small spiral staircase and survey the garden and Granada from the viewpoint of the most romantic city.
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No visit to Granada would be complete without a visit to its aged neighborhood, the old Moorish quarter of the Albaicin. This compact network of paved winding streets, whitewashed houses, and jasmine squares perches on the hill on the other side of the river Darro Alhambra. It needs a bit of effort to reach the top of the Albaicin, especially in spring or summer, but it will be energy well spent. Alhambra views and mountains of the Sierra Nevada of the most famous square, the Mirador de San Nicolas, some of the best in the city. There is also a bustling flea market every Saturday morning in Plaza Larga, one of the most beautiful areas of the barrio.
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Bar La Fragua
If you are in this part of the Albaicin, tapas-stop one of the best bars in the area is a must. The owner, constantly swigging a bottle of Alhambra beer, is often at least a half-section and always very friendly. He personally chooses the bewildering selection of music played and to support what must be the cheapest glasses of wine in Granada i.e €1.60.
You will absolutely spoiled with food free as you watch the life of the Albaicin unfold outside the street. And do not be put off, as many are no doubt, by the hippies and Callejeros that hang on the entrance with their voracious dogs.