Granada – which means “pomegranate” in Spanish – is a city that is keeping the history of the Moorish occupation of Spain, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucía. And of course, it is where the Alhambra, one of the most visited place in all of Europe is.
However, Granada has a lot more places to see other than the spectacular Alhambra. Where ever you are trying to go, you’ll stumble upon one of the most dazzling streets you’ve ever seen.
Once you start wandering around the streets, even before you realize it, you’ll be able to find yourself at la Plaza Nueva. Granada is a fairly small city, so everything is in a close, walkable distance. La Plaza Nueva is the city’s central plaza, lined with shops, tapas bars, cafes, and restaurants.
About 5 minutes away from la Plaza Nueva is the Granada Cathedral, and right next to the Cathedral is another smaller plaza with a fountain.
The Granada Cathedral is a magnificent cathedral that you must visit if you are in Granada. Its white ceilings and the gold decorations will make you fall in love with this gorgeous cathedral in a second.
Of course, the Alhambra is a must see.. Most of the people – if not all of them – will be coming to Granada to see the Alhambra, the dazzling fossil of the Moorish extravaganza. Literally “the red one” in Arabic, the palace was built in the 13th century. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is one of the most visited monuments in the world.
Inside the Alhambra is the Palace of Charles V, which is a Renaissance building built after the reconquest of Spain by the Christian force. What is really unique about this building is that it has a circular interior while having a square exterior. Take a look at this panoramic view:
At night, you should explore the Albaicín – neighborhood of the gypsies, and enjoy the flamenco show.
This is completely optional, but I recommend you to get up extra early in the morning to hike up the Albaicín neighborhood and to go to San Cristobal Hill, because the sunrise there is amazing. The sunrise, with the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Alhambra in the foreground, is something extraordinary and it’s well worth getting up extra early.
Quick side note :
If you go to the Albaicín area later in the day, you can go to one of the gypsy stores like this one and take a look at their cute souvenirs, like I did!
The world awaits…discover it.