Welcome to Granada
Granada is a provincial capital in the Andalucia region of Spain. Once home to the Iberian Moorish royalty it is rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. In addition to a rich multicultural history, the Alhambra and other monuments, it is Spain’s liveliest cities with a student-driven nightlife, and skiing and trekking in the nearby Sierra Nevada, Granada offers a break from the summer heat of other Andalusian cities such as Córdoba or Seville.
Alhambra is a 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.
Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Darro, the Genil, the Monachil and the Beiro. It sits at an average elevation of 738 m above sea level, yet is only one hour by car from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical.
Attractions in Granada
Carmen de los Mártires
Puerta De La Justicia
Palacio de Carlos V
Patio de los Leones
Palacio de los Leones
Palacio del Partal
Patio de los Arrayanes
Puerta de las Granadas
Palacio de Comares
Palacio del Mexuar
Plaza de Los Aljibes
Sala del Mexuar
Patio de la Acequia
Patio del Cuarto Dorado
Torre de la Vela
Corral del Carbón
Arab Baths of Granada
Royal Chapel of Granada
Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation
Mirador de San Nicolás
Parque de las Ciencias Granada
Church Of San Salvador
Palacio de Dar-Al-Horra
Monastery of Cartuja
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
Festivals held in Granada
Cruces de Mayo
The Fiesta de las Cruces or Festival of the Crosses or Cruz de Mayo or May Cross is a holiday celebrated on the 3rd of May in many parts of Spain. It commemorates the crucifix on which Jesus was crucified and is believed to have its roots in the 4th century, when Constantine, son of Saint Helen, was helped in battle by a large cross.
Tours and Activities from Granada
Latest Blogs from Granada
15 Best things to see and do in Granada
Granada is a fascinating part of Spain with a rich history and culture. As with any city it is packed with attractions and monuments to explore – starting with the the amazing Alhambra fortress and the old Moorish neighborhood of Albaicín and Sacromonte, cracking street art, great tapas bars and a annual fiesta.
The Nasrid Palaces | The Heart of Alhambra
The Nasrid palaces are what everyone thinks of when the Alhambra is mentioned. The Alhambra’s most celebrated structures are the three original royal palaces built by the Nasrid rulers during the 14th Century when they moved out of the Alcazaba into more comfortable accommodation.
Generalife Alhambra | The Architects Garden
Generalife occupies the slopes of the Cerro del Sol or Hill of the Sun, across the valley from the Nasrid Palaces. The Generalife was built in the 13th century as a leisure place for the kings of Granada when they wanted to get away from the official affairs of the palace.
Alcazaba Alhambra | The Fortress of Alhambra
The history of Granada is somewhat distinctive from most of Spain. Lying just a couple of hundred kilometers from Morocco, this part of Spain has experienced the best of the Moorish era.
The Nasrid Palaces | Palace of the Lions
In the Alhambra, the Palace of the Lions or El Palacio de los Leones marks the highlight of its splendor. The Palacio de los Leones (Palace of the Lions) stands next to the Comares Palace but should be considered an independent building.
The Nasrid Palaces | The Comres Palace
The Comares Palace was the official residence of the king and it comprises several rooms that surrounded the Patio de los Arrayanes. Its building was initiated by the Nasrid ruler of Granada, Ismail I (1314–25), and continued by Yusuf I (1333–54), though he was assassinated before he could complete the work.
The Nasrid Palaces | The Mexuar
The Mexuar was the first palace to be built by Ismail I at the start of the 14th Century. This became the semi public part of the palaces administering justice and controlling state affairs.
Boabdil, the last King of Granada
Abu Abdullah was the twenty-second and last Nasrid ruler of Granada in Iberia. Boabdil is a Spanish rendering of the name Abu Abdullah.
The Nasrid Dynasty
The Nasrid dynasty was the last Moorish and Muslim dynasty in Spain. The dynasty rose to power after the defeat of the Almohad Caliphate in 1212 at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa.