“The most beautiful city in Spain,” says many about Granada. This is the city which was the last outpost of the Arabs in Spain and inhabited by Phoenician, Carthaginian and Greek settlers. There are countless traces of different cultures in Granada.
With its proximity to the Costa del Sol and tourist attractions such as the Alhambra, it is no wonder that tourists flock to Granada.
Granada is located in Andalucia, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and 738 meters above sea level. That is why Granada is not only the place for the usual attractions and sights, tapas bars and culture, but also a destination for fantastic mountain hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Despite its height above the sea, Granada will often be very hot in summer. After all, you are in the south of Spain and a good distance from the coast. The locals are often joking that they only have two seasons because spring and autumn don’t last longer than a bus stop.
Granada is a true Andalucian town with charms in buckets and buckets. And often your football team plays in the top division as well, so the football fans can see big teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid in action if you make the trip here.
Get to know Granada
Granada is a relatively large city with its more than 243,000 inhabitants. The location at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 738 meters above sea level, has something to do with Granada as a city and its inhabitants. But as elsewhere in Andalucia here in southern Spain, the temperature is mostly comfortable, (except in the summer which is often uncomfortably warm).
- Abbreviation: GRX
- Country: Spain
The Alhambra is the place “everyone” dreams of visiting when they come to Granada. The Alhambra is located northeast of downtown, east of Albacín and southeast of Sacromonte. Take the Plaza Nueva starting point and take the steep walk up Cuesta de Gomérez to La Alhambra.
The Alhambra is first and foremost the best of Arabic culture and gives its visitors a mix of romance and mystery. Unfortunately, you are not exactly alone here. It is literally teeming with tourists in the Alhambra.n
The Alhambra offers beautiful gardens, magnificent buildings, fountains and fish ponds. Here is also a fortification with barracks and watchtowers. There are only a few eateries and a few hotels in the Alhambra, but the surrounding area offers plenty of food, entertainment and accommodations. There are plenty of buses and taxis that will get you to and from the city center if you get tired of walking.
The center of Granada
Granada has a small historic center and includes the city’s mighty cathedral and the streets of Calle Gran Via de Colón and Calle Reyes Catolicos. The city center ends at the Plaza Nueva square, which is always full of hustle and bustle.
In the center of Granada you will find plenty of tapas bars and other eateries in addition to Mercado San Augustin, which is a well-known food market. The city center is of course also the heart of the city for the shopping enthusiasts.
Albaicin (or Albayzin) is the name of the ancient Arab neighborhood of Granada. This neighborhood is popular with tourists both because of its architecture and the many exciting bazaars / shops.
Albaicin (Albayzin) has a history that stretches back more than 1,000 years, and at that time the area was entrenched behind city walls that no longer exist.
The area is clearly visible from the Alcazaba (fortress section of the Alhambra) where it lies north of the Darro river and extends up the ridge. Albaicin is framed by Calle Elvira on the west side, from Puerta De Elvira and down to the Cathedral. The district then follows the river Darro eastwards all the way to Mirador de la Vereda de Enmedio. Albaicin extends up the hill all the way to Aljibe de la Cruz de Piedra. Albaicin borders Sacromento. Many of the streets are only narrow alleys that provide pleasant shade on sunny summer days.
Albayzin is today a center for artist activity and a place where bohemians thrive. Plaza Mirador de San Nicolas can be described as the heart of Albayzin and offers good views of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada.
Albayzin includes, among others, the streets of Elvira and Carrera del Darro and Plaza Nueva. Around here you will find countless historical tracks, sights and a bustling public life. Albayzin (Albaicin) was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.
Sacromonte in Granada
Sacromonte is often called the Gypsy Quarter in Granada. And one of the first things you encounter is a statue of Gypsy King Mariano Fernandez. Sacromonte spreads out along the ridge of Valparaiso opposite Albayzin. You can easily get there by following Carrera del Darro from the Albaicin neighborhood. There are few places in Granada, if any, that offer better views of the Alhambra.
In Sacromonte you will find white houses decorated with different colors, either painted directly on walls and ceilings, or decorated with colorful pots and other objects. Here you will also find a large monastery. There are few neighborhoods that live up to the name picturesque than just Sacromonte.
Sacromonte is also the home of flamenco and you will find plenty of flamenco bars here.
Realejo was the Jewish district of Granada. Visit Plaza de Santo Domingo and Iglesia Church Santo Domingo, one of the most marvelous churches in Granada. In Realejo you will find countless murals and the neighborhood testifies to an active street-art culture.
The name derives from the portal of the old city wall Bab al-Rambla, which dates from the Nasrid dynasty in Granada’s history. The area is known for its many restaurants and the many narrow streets of this neighborhood extend all the way down to the Cathedral.
This neighborhood is the area of 100,000 inhabitants and is with Granada’s largest “barrio”. The area is best known for its large Saturday market (mercadillo).
La Cruz is a working area west of the bullfight stadium in Granada. There are few tourists here, but don’t be scared. Visit tapas bars with good food and low prices. The bullfight stadium should also be visited, whether you are an opponent or a supporter of this somewhat special cultural tradition that remains strong in Andalucia.
List of Granada Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Granada is GRX which stands for Granada. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Granada, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.
|BKGH||Bank of Granada Hills|
|GHS||Granada High School|
|GLPD||Granada Learning Professional Development|
|GMG||Granada Media Group|
|GRX||Granada, Spain – Granada|
|UGR||Universidad de Granada|