Granada city

Granada city

With its' Moorish influences still prominent across the city, highly reasonable cost of living, an abundance of great tapas bars and seemingly no end to fun and excitement, Granada really is the ultimate destination for travelers and tourists looking to have a great experience that won't cost them the earth.

The city of Granada has some of the most beautiful and atmospheric apartments in Andalucia. The type of apartment you end up with often depends on what area of the city you are staying in, as the architecture and type of accommodation varies between neighbourhoods. Most apartments offer spectacular views across the city, to the Alhambra or the Albaicin.

The Sierra Nevada is a dramatic, rugged and extensive mountain range, the highest in Europe after the Alps and the most significant section of the Cordillera Penibética. The protected area encompasses 86,208ha of torrential rivers, sheer-sided gorges, stony scree slopes, glacial lakes between snowy summits and, in the foothills of the Alpujarras, cultivated terraces of almond trees and vegetables.

Granada city is full of sights to see; famous for its vast array of cultural monuments, it is a very popular holiday destination. As with any city there are scores of hotels to choose from in Granada. Whether you are here for a short city break or a summer holiday Granada has a hotel for you, with a wide variety of prices, styles and features.

The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "red or crimson castle", perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls. Created originally for military purposes, the Alhambra was an "alcazaba" (fortress), an "alcázar" (palace) and a small "medina" (city), all in one. Alhambra fortress had existed since the 9th century and a residence of Kings in the 13th century.

Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period, and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs, invading the peninsula in the 8th century, gave it its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.

These are the airlines that have direct flights to and from Granada-Jaen Airport and the following cities: Barcelona El Prat, Berlin, Bilbao, Madrid Barajas, Melilla, Palma de Mallorca, London City, London Gatwick, Manchester and Milan Malpensa.

See a selection of excellent excursions and day trips from Granada city, perfect opportunities to see some of the interesting attractions in Andalucia without the hassle of having to organise them yourself.

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See a selection of excellent tours in and around Granada, perfect opportunities to see some of the interesting attractions in Granada without the hassle of having to organise them yourself.

A fascinating history of this pivotal point in Spanish and European history, this is an important new look at the conquest of Granada The sultanate of Granada was the last bastion of Islamic rule in Western Europe. Situated in the mountainous regions of Southern Spain, it survived and even prospered for over two and a half centuries and was then overwhelmed in less than a decade.