Granada is an absolutely amazing place – when you come here, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this city.
It is an extraordinary city situated in Andalusia in the mountain region of Sierra Nevada – the highest area in Spain. The city is spread over three hills (Albaicin, Sacromonte and Sabica) that descend into the valley where the river Hanil and its tributary Darro flow steadily. According to a legend, the city was named Granada because of these very hills that from the top remind of an open pomegranate. Pomegranate, the symbol of Granada, can be found everywhere – on the paved footpaths, in the architecture and sculptural decorations of buildings and fountains, while pomegranate shaped jewellery is widely sold in the local souvenir shops. During the pomegranate season, from October to December, freshly squeezed pomegranate juice is especially popular.
Granada is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities not only in Spain, but in the whole Europe. Here stunning landscapes, ancient buildings, white streets of the old district and newly built quarters blend in a unique harmony.
The city is located 700 metres above the sea level and has Mediterranean continental climate. The average winter temperature is 6-8 degrees Celsius, while in summer – it’s 25-35 degrees Celsius. Here, there are always plenty of sunny days and not that many rainfalls.
Granada is famous for its numerous monuments of Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The most famous is the architectural complex Alhambra (XIV century), built in Moorish style, and medieval walls and gardens of Generalife, a former residence of the Caliphs. The Alhambra is rightfully considered to be one of the most beautiful castles of Europe which attracts thousands of tourists on a daily basis. From the viewing platform of the Alhambra palace complex opens a view of the opposite hill – the home of the old district of Albaicin (Barrio del Albaicín) with its white meandering streets – the old Moorish residential quarter. The Alhambra and Albaicin are both listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. While nearby, on the next hill lies the famous district of Sacramonte – a picturesque and absolutely unique gypsy quarter. From the top of this hill you can see almost all of Granada, and, as they say, this is where flamenco was born.
Granada can be rightfully called a city of flamenco. Here, flamenco can be heard everywhere – on the squares of the old town, on the streets of Sacramonte, in numerous tablao – flamenco theatres where flamenco performances can be seen every day. The city is also famous for its guitar making workshops and production facilities, as well as for the countless schools of flamenco music and dance.
The flair of Granada is one of a kind. Having visited it once, you feel like coming here again and again.