Cheap Flights To Granada
On first appearances, the sprawling city of Granada reaches out to the future but when you discover its historic heart you'll find an allure that's hard to resist. It was the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe not falling to the Reconquest until 1492 after being sieged by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. The city exudes sociability both day and night whether it's enjoying a chilled beer and the tapas that usually comes with it to drinking tea the Arabic way in the evenings in convivial "teterias" or tea shops. Granada is also the only place in Southern Spain with a ski resort and if you pick your moment you can ski in the morning and be lying on the beaches of the Costa del Sol in the afternoon.
Things To Do in Granada
Aside from the Alhambra, most places of interest in the city are within an easy walk of each other. Start your day in the Plaza Isabel La Catolica and then just wander leisurely through narrow streets of quaint buildings or wider avenues lined with stately public buildings.
- A real wonder of the world
The Alhambra is the city's jewel in the crown, delivering a beautiful homage to Moorish culture. Take a whole day to explore archaeological remains, delightful fountains and enchanting architecture and gardens. This is one of Europe's must-see attractions so be sure to buy your tickets in advance to beat the queues.
- Where medieval meets Renaissance
The city's Cathedral is near the Plaza Isabel la Catolica. This 16th-century building towers over the streets around it and is the second-largest cathedral in Spain. Inside you'll find a colourful Renaissance interior.
- The Moorish heart of the city
The Moorish quarter of the town or the Albayzín deserves a few hours. White-washed buildings and Arabic shops line narrow hilly streets which open out into shady plazas and charming gardens. The district looks out over the town and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Calendar Of EventsGranada
A great way to capture the city's magical atmosphere is by visiting during one of its annual festivals. There are so many significant religious and cultural events happening in the city, that it's hard to pick just one.
Semana Santa or Holy Week: Like all Spanish cities, Granada celebrates Easter Week in a big way. On Wednesday, Los Gitanos make a bonfire-lit pilgrimage to the Abbey of Sacromonte while on Thursday evening the Silencio is when street lights are turned off for a silent candlelit procession.
Feria del Corpus Cristi: Is the city's big annual fair which always starts 60 days after Easter Sunday and is a week long party of eating, dancing, street puppets and fairground excitement.
The Day of Señora Angustias: This takes place in September and honours the city's patron saint. The facade of the Church of Señora Angustias is covered with flowers and the day is marked with street parties and processions.