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Alhambra
1. Alhambra
The Alhambra is a stunning palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain. Visitors can explore the Islamic history of Spain here at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Alcazaba Fortress, the Nasrid Palaces, and the Palace of Charles V are all noteworthy sites. The Generalife Gardens, with its flowers, baths, and fountains, show just how privileged the sultans who once lived here were.
Caves of Nerja
2. Caves of Nerja
The Caves of Nerja, or Fundación Cueva de Nerja as it's known locally, are located on the Costa del Sol in Nerja, Spain. A popular tourist destination, the natural cave formation has impressive stalactites and stalagmites, some of the tallest in the world.
Hammam Al Ándalus Granada
3. Hammam Al Ándalus Granada
The Hammam Al Ándalus is a Moorish bath house that offers massages and classical baths. It is located in Granada, Spain. It's less than 100 meters away from the Church of San Gil y Santa Ana in the Albaicín district of the city.
Abadía del Sacromonte
4. Abadía del Sacromonte
Abadía del Sacromonte is a 17th-century abbey that houses Christian relics and art. Located in Sacromonte in the valley of Valparaíso, it is roughly 15 minutes from Granada city by public transport and offers great views of Granada and Alhambra.
Sacromonte Caves Museum
5. Sacromonte Caves Museum
The Sacromonte Caves Museum is located in Granada, Spain, and offers guests the chance to learn about 18th-century Gypsies and bohemians who first made homes in the hillside caves. The neighborhood is still largely populated by modern-day bohemians and itinerants. The Alhambra is just opposite the Sacromonte Caves Museum.

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Jardines de Zoraya, in the heart of the historical Albaycín area, is one of Granada's top-rated destinations for live flamenco performances. This pretty venue is partly outdoors - so when it gets too steamy you can get some fresh air. It's a great, relaxing spot to take in some flamenco.
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Fortress of La Mota

Between the Alhambra of Granada and the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is the Fortress of La Mota, an old walled city that serves as a testimony to the splendor found here during medieval times. The Monumental Complex of Fortaleza de la Mota gives visitors a great insight into what life was like on the frontier, and features a wide range of centuries-old buildings to explore.
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The grand Granada Cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Granada. This eye-catching building is an evocative reminder of the city's past. It's easy to spot: just look for the towering Spanish Renaissance-style architectural masterpiece in the center of town. It took several different architects to complete the building, and even so, they collectively managed to finish only one of the two towers they had planned. Still, its lofty interior, many detailed chapels, and grand altar are all worth admiring.
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The Palacio de los Olvidados is a museum with a display of torture instruments that were used in Spain, and Europe, throughout history for public humiliation and capital punishment. This spine-tingling museum is located in Granada, Spain.
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The Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada (Sierra Nevada National Park in English) is the largest national park in Spain. It is located across the three provinces of Granada, Almería, and Málaga in Andalusia, Spain. The flora and fauna of Sierra Nevada are unique, thanks to its isolated location in the far south of Europe. This makes it an ideal place for nature lovers to explore.
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Barranco Río Verde is a breathtaking river canyon located just outside the town of Otívar in Granada, Spain. It offers visitors the chance to experience the glorious natural scenery of sunny Granada, with lots of fun outdoor activities like hiking, canyoning, and kayaking tours available for daredevils of all experience levels.
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Madrasah of Granada is a mosque school in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was founded in 1349 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. The facade was once decorated with inscriptions of poetry and philosophy, with strong Islamic design elements. The building has since undergone various renovations and restorations over the years.
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Centro Federico García Lorca is located close to the Catedral de Granada in Granada, Spain. It conserves the surviving works of the murdered poet, Federico García Lorca, whose life's work was lost to censorship. The center aims to educate the public on the arts.
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The Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo is a 13th-century palace showcasing Moorish architecture in Granada. It's a five-minute walk from Palacio Bibataubin, in Realejo-San Matias, Granada.
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Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes is a multi-use stadium in Granada, Spain. This facility hosts Granada CF, the main football club in the city. Constructed in 1995, the stadium capacity is 19,336.
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Intro

Europe’s prettiest doorway to the 14th century gets crowded, but a trip to Alhambra, one of the world’s most stunningly preserved historical complexes is not to be missed. Granada is more than Moorish palaces however. Being roughly 70 kms from the coast, yet close to the Sierra Nevada mountains, you could essentially ski and sunbathe on the beach, all in one day.

Getting around

Granada has an excellent bus service and lots of them pass through Gran Via, the busy main street in the centre. Taxis are abundant and the hop on, hop off train is popular. A rented car is best if you’re exploring Sierra Nevada, while lots of people prefer to walk around Granada itself. Wear comfortable shoes. You won’t regret it when you get to the cobblestone slopes of Albaicin and Sacromonte.

Weather

Hot hot hot is what you’ll find in July and August in Granada, though it’s dry heat, so you won’t be too sweaty as you’re exploring the sights. For milder, more comfortable sightseeing temperatures, the spring and autumn months are warm and sunny. January often gets blue skies and warm, sunny days, but it can get cold at night.

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Granada Cathedral

The main Cathedral of Granada was built by Queen Isabella after the conquest of Granada, who rather controversially put it on the site of an existing mosque. The insides are light and airy, and the ceilings are high. This somewhat imposing Gothic-Renaissance structure is thoughtful reminder of the city’s storied history, well worth a look. Explore the Alcazaba Fortress, the Nasrid Palaces and the Palace of Charles V with an audio guide.

Royal Chapel

Andalusia's somewhat strange and bloodthirsty history comes to life before your eyes in the Royal Chapel. It’s where the Catholic Monarchs of Spain from the 16th century are buried, and where both locals and tourists come to admire fine art and sculpture. It’s part of a complex of breathtaking buildings and one Granada's most fascinating symbols of Spanish culture. Get there early to get the best photos.

Hit the Beach

The best thing about Granada is that it’s just 35 minutes by car or taxi to the beaches of the Costa Tropical. For a cool swim in the sea just head to Torrenueva, La Herradura or Salobreña. Playa de la Rijana, or Rijana beach is known for being one of the best in the Costa del Sol, in spite of its pebbles and distinctly non-white sand. It’s also a favourite with divers and snorkellers, if you’re looking to get under the waves.

Alhambra

Europe’s prettiest and best preserved doorway to the 14th century gets pretty crowded, but a trip to Alhambra is not to be missed. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is partly a palace and partly a fort. Either way it’s mind blowing. Skip the line and take a long walk through the sumptuous Moorish palaces of Granada’s most popular landmark, through the beautiful Generalife gardens, past trickling fountains and into the Palacios Nazaríes - the central palace complex and the highlight of Alhambra’s design.

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