The Alhambra Palace and Beyond...
Granada, in the east of Andalusia, is a city steeped in Moorish tradition. The Alhambra Palace which was recently short listed as a Seventh Wonder of the New World, is truly wondrous but there is so much more to see and do. See Granada attractions.
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Enjoy Granada by Foot
The last stronghold of the Arabic / Moorish kings, Granada has retained and celebrates much of its ancient history.
It can be enjoyed largely on foot using the Gran Via as your central point. Stroll in the tranquil Gardens of Triunfo, gaze at the Hospital Real and the Carthusian Monastery. Take in the glorious Gothic style Royal Chapel and renaissance Cathedral where Isabel and Ferdinand are entombed. You will be sure to find an eatery to your liking among the many atmospheric restaurants, cafes and bars. Happily, unlike much of modern Spain, Granada's bars still offer generous free tapas.
The old Moorish Quarter, the Albaycin, offers narrow shaded streets and is an ideal maze to explore. From the Plaza Larga you can take a stroll along the walls of the Alcazaba de Cadima to the main ancient gateway, the Puerta de Elvira. From Saint Cristobel Mirador de San Nicholas you can gaze upon the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada beyond.
Granada also acts as a centre for visiting the Sierra Nevada some 75km distant. The area offers full winter sports facilities, walking tours, cycling, horse trekking and many more activities besides. This is truly an adventurer's paradise. The ancient whitewashed villages of the Alpujarras, famed for the Lanjaron water and more recently, Chris Stewart's book: "Driving over Lemons", lie to the southeast.
From Granada it is possible from the Sierra Nevada to ski in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon. If this is for you, head south to the lesser known Costa Tropical, an hour's drive away. It has quiet sandy coves and beaches stretched along the craggy coastline between the Almeria and Malaga provincial borders. Many of these beaches are barely accessible by car but well worth the effort of reaching them. Among these are large, dedicated naturist's areas.
For those that like to take things a little easier, La Herradura (meaning "horseshoe"), Almuncecar, with all popular facili- ties, Salobrena, with its castle and Motril for its easy yet working town demeanor are all worth visiting.
Venturing away from the Mediterranean and to the east of Granada City, lies the intriguing troglodyte town of Gaudix. Having sandstone as a natural resource, half the town's population live in cave-houses. And yes, you can stay there.
SIERRA NEVADA - GRANADA
See the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range on this Private day trip from Granada. This region contains the highest point of continental Spain known as Mulhacen standing at 3,479 meters. Your guide will give you an introduction to this region and the surrounding trekking areas and you will then have free time to explore.
Federico Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport
Airport code: GRX
Granada airport is located about 16 Kilometres west of the city near the small town of Santa Fé. The access to the airport is directly south from the A92 Seville motorway.
Buses to the city from the airport are "following the arrival of every aeroplane" . The journey time is 45 minutes.
Alhambra Palace Tour
The Alhambra Palace graciously overlooks the city of Granada and the vast surrounding lands. This great fortress-cum-palace is easily acces- sible by car, bus or for the stouter among us, on foot. No visit to Granada is complete without experiencing the magnificent Royal Palace and the Genaralife's well kept gardens.
Be transported into the magical world of the Arabian Nights when you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Alhambra Palace and gardens.
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