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Sightseeing in Granada - what to see. Complete travel guide

Granada is a Spanish city of poets and romantics. This place features panoramic views of Sierra Nevada Mountains with their amazing landscapes and white peaks. This view is truly breathtaking. Granada is located on three hills at the foot of the north-western hill of Sierra Nevada. The name of the city, Granada, is connected with a local legend about the look of this place as the hills are make out an amphitheater shape, so from high above the city looks like an opened pomegranate. In this city you will find an atmosphere of solitude and calmness that is reached thanks to narrow cozy streets paved with stone and numerous houses colored in white. Granada was famous yet in V century BC, when this place was settled by Iberian tribes. Later the territory of the city was conquered by the Arabians, but they were defeated and had to leave Granada.
Granada did not disappoint fans of active pastime, which can conveniently diversify sightseeing by visiting numerous shopping and sports centres and beautiful parks. Campo del Principe Park … Open
Of course, those eight centuries when Granada was ruled by the Arabians made a huge impact on the look and history of Granada. Solitude, that is so usual for Arabian culture, can be felt in Granada even in our days. The same applies to some Arabian traditions that have become essential in Granada and are followed up to now. Tea drinking is among them and so in this city you will find a whole quarter of tea drinking facilities designed in Muslim style. You can try and buy different types of tea blends there, and whole process of drinking is accompanied with eastern rituals and rhythms.
Go deeper in quarters of Granada and you will find one of the most amazing and oldest regions of the city – Albayzín. When describing Granada, it’s impossible not to mention the splendor of Alhambra, the heart of Andalusia. This is an elegant ancient palace that has managed to survive better than all other Arabian palaces in the world. Granada traditionally inspires numerous writers. For example, famous poet Garcia Lorca has devoted many of his works to this magnificent place. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. When you plan to make a walk, it is necessary to take a copy of your identity document, as well as a map of the city. All valuable items should be kept in the safe of your hotel room. … Open
One of the most interesting historical neighborhoods of Granada is Sacromonte. For many tourists, it is also known under the unofficial name Gypsy Quarter. It is believed that it was in this quarter that the art of flamenco was born. The main feature of the historic district is the houses, many of which were carved directly into the rock. They are residential at present, while some historical buildings were converted into museums and used for conducting flamenco concerts.
Among the architectural monuments of Granada is definitely worth mentioning the Cathedral. Its construction began in the 16th century and lasted almost a hundred years. From an architectural point of view, the cathedral is a unique monument. In its external appearance, the unique elements of Baroque, Gothic and Classicism are combined. The interior of the cathedral is also interestingly decorated. It houses several unique Christian relics. Part of the huge cathedral is the royal chapel. It is the burial place of the kings of Granada.
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A very symbolic historical monument is the Monastery of Saint Jerome. It was built in the 15th century and is the oldest Christian monastery in these places, which was built right after the expulsion of the Moors. This monastery is characterized by an incredibly beautiful design. Walls and ceilings in its halls are adorned with elaborate painting and stucco molding. On the territory of the monastery, there is an important national monument for locals - the tomb of the famous military commander F.G. de Cordoba.
Granada at night One of the most interesting historical monuments is Arab baths. They were built in the Middle Ages. After the expulsion of the Moors, they came to desolation and for a long time remained abandoned. The complex was again restored in the 17th century. Today, these baths are among the oldest in Europe. Water procedures in accordance with all the historical rituals can be enjoyed in them. The bath complex was completed with a number of modern amenities. On its territory, there is a massage parlor and a beautiful recreation area.
In a beautiful 18th-century building situated in the historic district of Granada is situated the Anacapri Hotel. This accommodation option attracts travelers with its romantic and original … Open
Vacationers with children in Granada should definitely visit the Science Park. It is an interesting science museum in which visitors are invited to conduct a series of interesting tests and experiments. On the territory of the park, there is a beautiful park of tropical butterflies, as well as a planetarium.
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Reference information
Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Granada
♥   Shopping area ' Calle Recogidas' Granada, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Granada
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Salobreña' Granada, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Towers Bermejas' Granada, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Alhambra' Granada, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Silla del Moro' Granada, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Alcázar Genil' Granada, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Granada
♥   Natural Park 'Sierra de Huétor' , 9.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Sierra Nevada' , 43.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Sierras Subbéticas' , 44.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Sierra Mágina' , 63.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cueva de la Pedriza' , 75.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Granada and around
♥   Art museum 'Sacristy Museum (Sacristía-Museo) of the Royal Chapel of Granada' Granada, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Cuevas del Tio Tobas

From the series “Hotels Harmoniously Built into the Natural Landscape”
All offered hotel rooms and apartments are individually decorated. They are furnished with beautiful wooden furniture and decorated with the natural fabrics, as well as the works of art in the national style. Despite the similarity and simplicity of the room design, the cave rooms do not seem to bland. They are characterized by the harmony with the surrounding landscapes and the atmosphere of the unique national coloration. Guests of the unusual hotel can choose the room with the fireplace. For longer stay the cave with the great kitchen fits excellently. … Read further
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