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The Albaycin

El Albaycín

Declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site , the Albaicin or Albaycin is one of the oldest areas of Muslim Granada and a traditional area for tapas. This area is a network of narrow streets that remind the visitor of its Arab past. It is perfect for wondering around or enjoying the local cuisine. The most typical tourist site is, however, the Mirador de San Nicolás, a viewpoint from where you will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of La Alhambra and the Generalife standing proud against the background of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and with the city in the foreground.

The Realejo

El Realejo

The Realejo was the Jewish area during the Arabic kingdom of Granada. It is recommended to visit the famous square known as The Prince’s Field (El Campo del Príncipe), San Cecilio’s Church, built on an old mosque, or the Convent of the Discalced Carmelitas. It is also the place to be for those who love their tapas, because it has many different bars where you can enjoy the real cuisine from Granada.

Sacromonte

Sacromonte

The Sacromonte belongs to the district of Albaycin and it is the traditional area of the Grenadine gypsies who had already started settling down in the mountain of Saint Michael in the 18th century. Its caves are famous, especially those used for the celebration of the zambras, the typical flamenco dance of the Grenadine gypsies. This area has always been a focus of attraction for artists, bohemians and curious people from all over the world.

The Alcaicería

La Alcaicería

Founded in the 14th century, the Alcaiceria was the former silk market of Granada. Currently, many craft stalls and shops fill its streets, the perfect environment to wander around taking in the colours and shapes of all of these products.

The Paseo de los Tristes

El Paseo de los Tristes

This “Walk of the Sad” is officially called Paseo del Padre Manjón and in the past it was also known as Paseo de la Puerta de Guadix. Funeral processions used to drive down this avenue in the past, and hence its name. The Paseo de los Tristes is a wonderful area, it does not only have amazing views of the Alhambra, but it is full of bars and cafés as well as Arab style shops.

Plaza Nueva

Plaza Nueva

In spite of its name, it is the oldest square in Granada. The Christians called it the Plaza Nueva (New Square) because it was the first one they built in the 16th century to cover the area of the city where the Darro river still flowed. Around this square you will find important monuments like the Royal Chancery or the House of the Pisa, that is home nowadays to the San Juan de Dios Museum and was built by the Pisa family in the 15th century.

TROPICAL COAST

Tropical Coast

With an average of 20 degrees all year round you can easily understand why the Grenadine coast has been called “Costa Tropical”, the Tropical Coast. Its unique climate will allow you to enjoy the sun and the beach all year round. In this area it is also possible to grow typical tropical products such as kiwis, avocados and custard apples.

There you will also find touristy beaches as well as little beaches hidden away from the main road, where you can relax with the murmur of the Mediterranean Sea in the background and its amazing views. Those people who love windsurfing, diving or water-skiing will enjoy practising their favourite sport.

FESTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Semana Santa granadina

These are the most representative festivities in the city and the province of Granada:

  • 2nd of January: Celebration of the Conquest of Granada
  • 1st of February: San Cecilio Procession in Sacromonte
  • Easter
  • 3rd May: Day of the Cross
  • June: Festivals of Corpus Christi
  • 29th September: Albaycin Procession to San Miguel Alto
  • 30th September: Procession to Our Lady of Angustias

>These are the most representative festivities in the city and the province of Granada

MONUMENTS

Granada’s Cathedral

Catedral

Situated in the Plaza de las Pasiegas, the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Encarnación of Granada is the see of the archdiocese and one of the most representative examples of Spanish Renaissance art. Enrique Egas started building the Cathedral in the 16th century. It was originally a Gothic style project that his successor, Diego de Siloé, transformed into a renaissance temple.
Adult tickets are €3.5 and can be purchased directly from the Cathedral’s ticket booth.

The Alhambra and the Generalife

La Alhambra

They say that an image is worth a thousand words and, in fact, the beauty of the Red Fortress is truly unequalled. The Alhambra and the Generalife were declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1984. The Alhambra is a palace-citadel dating back to the Nasrid Dynasty. It stands majestic on the Mount of Sabika, on the left bank of the Darro river. Just outside its walls stands the Generalife, originally designed as a rural villa that the Nasrid Sultans used for their private enjoyment. The complex is formed by several buildings, gardens and patios where water and its relaxing murmur are overwhelmingly present. Visit: http://www.alhambradegranada.org/

Arab Baths El Bañuelo

Los Baños árabes

Known as well as the Baths of the Axares, the Arab Baths of El Bañuelo date back to the 11th century and have been totally refurbished, but some of the original elements have also been preserved. This was the place where the Arab inhabitants of the city would come to take their bath and socialize. There were three different rooms, the cold room, the temperate room in the central area and the hot room, the biggest one, where the baths were. In 1918 these baths were declared a Cultural Heritage Site. They are located in Carretera del Darro 31 and visits are free.

Royal Hospital

Hospital Real

The Royal Hospital was founded by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century, after the conquest of Granada, it was originally designed to care for the poor, the pilgrims and those soldiers that had been wounded during the conquest of Granada. Nowadays the Royal Hospital is home to the University of Granada and the Library. Great architects of the time worked on it, like Enrique Egas and Diego de Siloé, who also worked on the project of the Cathedral of Granada. This unique building with Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar features was declared a Cultural Heritage Site in the year 1931. It is located in the Avenida del Hospicio, just around the corner from Gran Vía.

Santo Domingo Church

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Founded by the Catholic Monarchs in the 16th century it belongs to the Monastery of Saint Cruz de la Real and it is a blend of several architectural styles, Baroque, Late Gothic and Renaissance. It is situated in the Plaza de Santo Domingo.

Monastery of La Cartuja

Monasterio de La Cartuja

It is another outstanding monument of the Spanish Baroque and it is also known as Monastery of Our Lady of Ascension. Building of this monastery started in the 16th century. It was the home of the Cartujo monks until they were expelled in the 19th century. It is situated on the outskirts of the city about 2 km from the centre and tickets are about € 3.5.

Sacromonte Abbey

Abadía del Sacromonte

This abbey, situated on the Way of Sacromonte, on the Valparaíso Mountain, (17th-18th centuries) is part of a complex that includes a 17th century school and a seminary. It was here where the lead books were found, a few plaques engraved with the stories of the martyrdom of Saint Cecilio and other martyrs. It is also home to many works of art as well as tapestries and clothes.

MUSEUMS

Granada’s Science Park

Parque de las Ciencias

It was inaugurated in 1995 and it has become one of the most popular tourist sites of the city. This complex offers a series of permanent and temporal exhibitions that will help visitors to learn about the different disciplines of sciences in an interactive way. The complex houses a butterfly house as well as a planetarium under a dome where visitors can enjoy the view of 7,000 stars projected on its cealing and it has space for 80 people.

Manuel de Falla House-Museum

Casa Museo Manuel de Falla

In this house lived one of the most ingenious composers of the 20th century, the gaditano (native from Cadiz) Manuel de Falla, who authored works as significant as El Sombrero de Tres Picos (the Three-Cornered Hat) or El Amor Brujo (The Witch Love). The house was restored when he died and now it exhibits objects that belonged to Falla, like his piano, his writing machine or his record player. It is the ideal place for music lovers and those nostalgic people who want to learn more about this great man.

Sacromonte Museum

Museo del Sacromonte

It is situated in the Barranco de los Negros in front of la Alhambra and here we can find the Etnographic Museum, which offers an insight into the caves of Granada, their history and their inhabitants, and the Nature Classroom, where visitors can learn more things about the local wildlife. It also offers interesting flamenco shows as well as other cultural events.

Granada’s Archaeological and Ethnological Museum

Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico

This museum, housed in a Renaissance palace known as the House of Castril, exhibits archaeological artefacts dating back to the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods that were found in the city as well as other Phoenician, Arab or Roman objects.

San Juan de Dios Archive-Museum

Archivo-Museo San Juan de Dios

It is in the House of the Pisas, founded by the Pisa family in the 15th century. This museum was created in 1931 to preserve the patrimony of the Hospitalary Order, whose founder, the Portuguese Saint John of God, died there. In this museum you will find Iconographic representations of the founder as well as many pictorial works, like engravings, furniture and porcelains.

San Vicente’s Garden or Federico Garcia Lorca’s House-Museum

Huerta de San Vicente o Casa Museo de Federico García Lorca

It was the place where the Grenadine poet used to spend his summer holidays and where he lived the days before his arrest and assassination in 1936. There he wrote an important part of his work, Bodas de Sangre(Blood Wedding) or Yerma (Barren). In this museum you will find some works of art and interesting pictures, drawings and manuscripts that belonged to this illustrious poet.

SKIING

Skiing at Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada is the most southern ski resort in Europe and the highest one in Spain. Situated at about 30 km from the centre of Granada, it offers more than 100 km of ski slopes with different levels of difficulty and excellent infrastructure and services, including restaurants, car parks and caravan parks.

The resort has specific areas to practice alpine skiing and snowboarding, and you can also go dogsledding, or enjoy a night ride on a snow grooming caterpillar and many other snow activities. When the ski season is over, Sierra Nevada is ideal for many other activities like trekking, cycling and other mountain sports.

AREAS FOR TAPAS

Typical areas for tapas

Typical areas for tapas
  • The Albaycín
  • Calle Elvira
  • Plaza Nueva
  • The Bullfighting Ring
  • The area around the Cathedral
  • The Paseo de los Tristes
  • The Realejo
  • Campo del Príncipe
  • Calle Navas
  • Puerta Real

Grenadine dishes

Grenadine dishes
  • La olla de San Antón (pork meat stew)
  • Broad beans with ham
  • Potatoes Poor Man Style (a lo pobre)
  • Porridge with paprika (gachas pimentoneras)
  • Sacromonte’s omelette
  • Rice with sea food (arroz marinero)
  • Grenadine remojón with cod and orange

Famous local puddings

Postres famosos de la región
  • Guadix’s Tocinillos de cielo (egg, sugar and water)
  • Pestiños from Vélez Benaudalla (fried cakes)
  • Los Roscos de Santo Tomás (doughnut shaped cakes)
  • Fig Cake from Alpujarra (pan de higo)
  • Huevos moles de San Antón (egg, cinnamon and sugar)
  • Los piononos de Santa Fe (custard filled pastry)

Traditional Grenadine tapas

Traditional Grenadine tapas
  • Salaílla (bun stuffed with tuna)
  • Bomba (baked potato stuffed with meat)
  • Cardoons
  • Pipirrana (tomato, peppers and onions salad)
  • Stuffed chard stems