Visit the alluring Andalusian city of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. When you’re done exploring Granada’s Alhambra, a 1000-year-old palace; be sure to watch the sun set over the city’s flourishing gardens and Moorish buildings.
Steeped in culture and ancient history, there’s so much to discover in this charming city, nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Stand in the courtyard of the famous Alhambra, explore old monasteries and bath houses, and enjoy local food and festivities with a cheap holiday in Granada.
One of the most impressive examples of Islamic architecture in Europe, the Alhambra is a magnificent palace situated high above the city. Built in the 9th century as a residence for Muslim rulers, it attracts millions of visitors every year and is a must-see during a holiday in Granada.
Start with the tranquil water gardens at Generalife, before crossing the bridge into the heart of the Alhambra to see the three main palaces with their ornate courtyards and luxurious royal apartments. There’s also a gift shop at the Entrance Pavilion, where you can buy guide books to the palace and other souvenirs.
Arab baths were introduced to Spain centuries ago by Muslims and were an integral part of life, with water seen as a symbol of purity. One of the best bath houses in Granada is El Bañuelo, on Carrera del Darro, built in the 11th century for visitors to the local mosque. While many of the old bath houses were later destroyed by the Christians, El Bañuelo survives intact, with its graceful stone archways and elegant tiles, to be admired by visitors today.
A local delicacy in Granada is habas con jamón (beans with ham), made with ham cured in the local mountains. Founded in 1930, the stylish dining rooms at Restaurante Seville are a great place to try a typical serving of this dish during your Granada holiday.
Just a short bus journey to the outskirts of Granada is the Monastery of the Cartuja, with its gleaming yellow marble and baroque arches. Construction began on the monastery in the 16th century and was only completed in 1835, with some damage during the Napoleonic War. Most of the original building survives, however, including the central cloister and three chapels, with their beautifully decorated figures and statues.
Every year in Granada, from late June to July, the city welcomes theatre companies, flamenco singers, and dance troupes as part of the International Music and Dance Festival. If you’re on holiday in Granada during this time, there’s lots to see and do at the festival, including open air concerts and fun workshops.
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