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It would come as no surprise to state that Granada is the best city to visit in Spain. The wide range of activities and tourist attractions that it offers, its rich culture and history and a climate that makes it the most attractive city in Andalucia make of Granada a magical city. Its Alhambra palace and Muslim culture mix with the 21st century and modernity, its delicious cuisine and the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains. Discover it by renting apartments in Granada and you’ll find everything you want within reach in this wonderful city.
What to see in Granada
Undoubtedly, the most important tourist attraction in Granada is the Alhambra Palace, a palatial complex built in the 12th century made up by the Nazarene Palaces, the Fortress and the Generalife Gardens. It’s advisable to buy the entry ticket in advance as entries are limited per day. Less important but also of great value is the city’s Cathedral, built after the Reconquest of the city by the catholics; and the Royal Chapel, where the monarchs Fernando II and Isabel the Catholic are buried. Also don’t miss out on a visit to the streets and shops of the Alcaicería, narrow and winding streets from Moorish times; or even a drink at Plaza de Bib-Rambla, one of the most emblematic ones in the city. Having some tapas on Carrera del Darro is also a luxury within everyone’s reach.
Inside Granada and its surrounding area
The Ciudad Vieja is where the old town is, with the Alcaicería and similar streets that evoke past times. In any case, the most interesting district is the Albayzín, a district made up of white houses on a hill where there are plenty of the famous cármenes, the traditional Andalucian houses with a courtyard and a fountain in the middle. From here, the views of the Alhambra are stunning. If you’re looking for a nice atmosphere and folklore, try the Sacromonte and its tapas bars and flamenco shows. A few miles from Granada are the Sierra Nevada mountains, paradise for ecotourism and winter sports.
When to visit Granada
Being so close to the Sierra Nevada, the climate in Granada is milder than in the rest of Andalucia. In summer, the temperatures are high and the city shines but in spring and autumn, the weather and the time of year are ideal for visiting the city with less tourists. To practice winter sports, the cold months are the perfect time to visit Sierra Nevada from your cheap apartments in Granada.
Getting around Granada
Granada Airport is small and only caters to Spain, the UK and France, although you can also fly here to Málaga Airport, which is two hours away. The city is best visited by foot because most of its streets are pedestrianized and you can appreciate its charm more, especially if you have to go up the hill to the Albayzín or to the Sacromonte. Its public transport network of buses is also comfortable and cheap.
Cultural festivals in Granada
The Holy Week processions in Granada have the added plus of taking place in such a beautiful location, the city streets, coming down the winding streets of the Albayzín in the early hours of the morning, a joy to behold during your holiday in Granada. In February it’s the Romería of San Cecilio, the city’s patron saint who celebrates his day with folkloric events around the whole of Granada.