Granada: A Wonderful Holiday Destination

Granada lies at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, right between the Darro and Genil rivers. It is one of the most interesting cities in Spain, but most of all, one of the most beautiful. Those who have visited Granada say that it is paradise on earth. This is due to the Moorish essence, still present all around the city. Granada has been one of the last cities in Spain to be regained by the Catholics, in 1492. The past influences its planning, its gastronomy and its customs. All around the city you will be amazed by the fountains and the houses which are surrounded by gardens, giving the tourist the impression of paradise on earth.

The old neighborhood has been designated World Heritage by UNESCO because of its architectural beauty. The last Moorish kingdom in Spain, built on a reddish hill, still holds the Alcazaba and Nasrid, two Royal Palaces of outstanding beauty. The rooms in these two palaces are connected by gardens, courtyards, and even fountains.

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Another destination worth visiting is the Generalife Gardens, which used to be the summer residence for the Nasrid Kings. Among these Moorish constructions lies the Palace of Carlos V, a Renaissance construction that holds the Fine Arts Museum, as well as the Alhambra Museum. A fine example of art in architecture is the Granada Cathedral; built on a Gothic floor, the Cathedral has a Renaissance dome.

A Different Granada

Sightseeing is not everything in Granada. One special thing about the city is the Route of the Caliphate. Adventurous and spiritual, the route starts in Cordoba and ends in Granada, connecting two golden ages of the city and of the country, and two historical moments of great significance for the Spaniards. The route enabled commerce between the two cities and led to the constructing of castles and cities along it. Following the route is a unique experience for any tourist, and besides the fact that it is of great historical importance; it is also a delight for the eye and nourishment for the soul.

Where to Stay in Granada

It would be a pity to visit Granada and not completely feel the spirit of the city, to its most hidden corner. In order to do that, choose to stay in a villa. They are decorated in the traditional manner of the region, enabling the tourists to really feel what Granada is all about. If you don’t know what villa to choose, take a look at Palacio Los Jeronimos and San Matias. You won’t regret your choice!

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