The City of Granada

The city of Granada is located in Andalucía in the south of Spain. Andalucía is the largest of the seventeen regions in Spain and is broken down into eight provinces.  Granada is one of those eight provinces.

Granada Cathedral

Given its location, Granada is considered to be a micro climate because of its diversity in its landscape and because of the wealth of uncommon flora and fauna.

The Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada

Among its many national parks Granada boasts The Sierra Nevada.  The highest summit on the Iberian peninsula, the Mulhacén, is 3482m above sea level and is almost permanently covered with snow. There is a ski resort in The Sierra Nevada close to the Alpujarras deemed to be one of the most beautiful natural regions in Spain.

Costa Tropical

The Mediterranean sea is only a few kilometres from the Sierra Nevada and, with its mild temperature (and over 300 days of sunshine each year) it is known as the Tropical coast.

Empty beaches

The north eastern area of the province has a great deal to offer visitors.  With the Castril Nature Reserve, the cave areas of Guadix and Purullena, the Baza Nature Reserve, the Altiplano, the lakes and the Vega (fertile plain) there is a dramatic change in landscape over a short distance.

The river walk at Castril

It’s not surprising that, throughout history, Granada has always been a city disputed by all those that have passed through. It was the Moors who, in the eighth century, and who stayed for 800 years, developed Granada and gave it the majority of its culture.

In the last two and half centuries of this Muslim period, Granada was left alone in the face of the Christian advance. The peace agreements maintained the border and the capital.  The financial, artistic and cultural splendour was maintained and this is reflected in the palaces of the Alhambra.

The Alhambra
Photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst at pdimagesUK

Granada
photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst at pdimagesUK

The Muslim territory gradually weakened and in 1492 the Catholic Monarchs took the capital. The city underwent spectacular change with  new civil and religious buildings, streets and squares were widened and Granada was once again the centre of attention.

The Alhambra

Over time the city was extended and spread towards the Vega. The city today has everything to offer with its folklore, culture, gastronomy, tapas route and nightlife and the province of Granada maintains its historical greatness and, with the mixture of its people and the variety of its landscape, sustains its well deserved fame.

         
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6 responses »

  1. olgastorace says:

    The first time I visited Granada I did not like the city at all, I found it messy and with no charm, then I went back in two more opportunities and I loved the place.

    • It does have areas that are messy, like any big city I know, but I’m glad you found its charm on your subsequent visits. Remember Granada is not just the city, it is also the province, which I hope you see from my post has many varied and wonderful things to offer.

  2. M&M says:

    I love Granada even though it is small it is perfectly formed. Agreed the diversity is immense and cosmopolitan. Which reminds me I must pop down there in a week or so for a bit of culture. As usual grt pics.

  3. pdimages says:

    good informative post and excellent photos 🙂

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