This beautiful city has many attractions and architectural elements that make it a popular destination for tourists and Spanish alike.
Principally it is known for it’s grand examples of medieval architecture dating back to the Moorish occupation.
The greatest artistic wealth of Granada is its Spanish-Islamic art. In particular, the compound of the Alhambra and the Generalife.
This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.
The Generalife is a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens; remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains.
The Alhambra is the architectural culmination of the works of Nasrid art that were undertaken in the 13th and 14th centuries, with most of the Alhambra having been built at the time of Yusuf I and Mohammed V, between 1333 and 1354.
The Cathedral of Granada is built over the Nasrid Great Mosque of Granada, in the centre of the city. Its construction began during the Spanish Renaissance in the early 16th century, shortly after the conquest of Granada by the Catholic Monarchs.
Whether you agree with bullfighting or not, a visit to the Plaza de Toros and the bullfighting museum should be on the agenda.
The Plaza de toros de Granada , also known as “Monumental de Frascuelo”, is considered one of the historical emblems of Granada’s historicist architecture. Now also hosts major events and concerts.
A visit to the The Albaicín (Albayzín) the neighborhood of Al Andalus and the Moors, on the other side of the gorge from the Alhambra, is a must too. Tiny narrow streets barely wide enough to ride a bicycle down.
From the Mirador (viewpoint) and Church of San Nicolas you get an amazing view of the Alhambra.
Or stop for a coffee in Plaza San Miguel.