Granada City

The Alhambra during the night time ©Michelle Chaplow
Granada is a Jewel in the Andalucian crown.

Granada City

Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period, and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs, invading the peninsula in the 8th century, gave it its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.

With its' Moorish influences still prominent across the city, highly reasonable cost of living, an abundance of great tapas bars and seemingly no end to fun and excitement, Granada really is the… More →

The city of Granada has some of the most beautiful and atmospheric apartments in Andalucia. The type of apartment you end up with often depends on what area of the city you are staying in, as the… More →

The Sierra Nevada is a dramatic, rugged and extensive mountain range, the highest in Europe after the Alps and the most significant section of the Cordillera Penibética. The protected area… More →

Granada city is full of sights to see; famous for its vast array of cultural monuments, it is a very popular holiday destination. As with any city there are scores of hotels to choose from in… More →

The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "red or crimson castle", perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls that surround the entire hill of La Sabica which by starlight is… More →

Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period, and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The… More →

Granada was one of the first cities to announce a ZBE; this was in July 2020 for implimentation in January 2021. Four city centre zones were published in November 2022. No impplementation date is… More →

See a selection of excellent excursions and day trips from Granada city, perfect opportunities to see some of the interesting attractions in Andalucia without the hassle of having to organise them… More →

Granada is home to a wide variety of restaurants. The roots of a lot of the gastronomy here lie in Moorish hands, with influences taken from Arabic dishes. As well as the many tapas bars which,… More →

We've put together a top ten list - if you're short of time in Granada and you can't decide where to go and what to see in this historic city, just follow our tips. Explore the city's rich… More →

A guide to the Sierra Nevada, the only ski resort in Andalucia, is located at Pradollano in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, about 30 km south east of Granada city.

The smallest waterpark in Granada, located near the provincial capital itself, with just nine rides, but this is enough to keep all ages cooled, refreshed and entertained, including tiny tots who… More →

Granada is renowned for its amazing tapas and for being one of the few places left in Spain where you can order a drink and be given a free tapa with it. The city is full of tapas bars, from the… More →

Granada Airport, situated in the area known as "Vega del Genil" or plains of the River Genil 16 km west of the city of Granada and 106 km south of the city of Jaen. It traditionally handled… More →

The historical city and student town of Granada has six main districts: The Realejo, The Cartuja, Bib-Rambla, Sacromonte, Albaicin and Zaidin. The Albaicin is the Moorish area of the city and the… More →

The nightlife in Granada is some of the best in Andalucía. As a world-famous university city, it has a large amount of students, so there is a very eclectic mix of venues and music on offer. From… More →

For more than half a century this amazing festival of international music and dance has brought some of the world’s best musicians and dance performers to Granada bringing the city’s top venues to… More →

Granada Bus Station is situated on Avenida de Juan Pablo II, in the north west of the city about 3km from city centre. it is the only bus station in Granada having replaced the older 'Camino de… More →

Granada boasts one of the most magnificently positioned palaces in the world, as wondrous to behold from across the gorge, with the white peaks of the Sierra Nevada glinting behind in the sun, as… More →

Granada Train Station is situated at the convergence of Calle de Halcon and Calle Doctor Jaime Garcia Royo. Trains are an easy way to travel to and from the city of Granada, it is also possible to… More →

From Granada airport, you can explore some spectacular mountain scenery nearby: choose from the Sierra Nevada, in winter Europe's southernmost ski resort, and in summer an excellent hiking… More →

Alhambra PALACE

One of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. This mighty compound of buildings – including the summer palace called Generalife, with its fountains and gardens - stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada. For information about visiting times, tickets etc click here.


The hill facing the Alhambra is the old Moorish casbah or "medina", called the Albaicin, a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and white-washed houses with secluded inner gardens, known as "cármenes". The Plaza de San Nicolas, at the highest point of the Albaicin, is famous for its magnificent view of the Alhambra palace.


The Sacromonte hill, which overlooks the city from the North, is famous for its cave dwellings, once the home of Granada's large gypsy community.



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