Granada in Spain can be an ideal destination for discovering Europe to its heart. Located at the meeting point of the fertile plain situated in the Vega and the mountains of Sierra Nevada, Granada is located against the backdrop of steep mountains with vast agricultural lands at the front. The prime reasons for settlement at this place include the mountains providing protection from behind, continuous supply of water from the melting snow on the mountains during dry season and ample source for food due to the rich soil of the flat lands of vega. Granada is located at an altitude of 630 meters. The diversity of the flora and fauna make this city interesting, where you will find tropical plants and botanical mix growing in the mountains and the fauna comprising of predators like the vultures, royal eagles, foxes. wolves and hawks.
Discover a selection of the best spots and attractions in GRANADA
The Capilla Real or The Royal Chapel as it is called, is an example of impressive architecture, where the domed chapel reaches a height f 47 meters. This Gothic style chapel took 15 years of time to be built, from 1506 to 1521.
If you want to explore Granada to its deepest, the Alhambra Palace and Alpujarra Villages can be one of the most attractive locations. The majestic palace and the diverse cultures of the Alpujarra villages will help you take a leaf out of Spain’s history and culture.
Get lost when walking through the streets of Albaicin, a neighborhood of Granada along the hillside and explore the Arab quarter, historical remnants of which is still in existence.
The San Salvador Church is a glorious example of Christian architecture where the influence of an Islamic design is noticed. In fact, this very site of the church was once a mosque. Tanding on the terrace of this church, you get sensational views.
This attraction can be covered by having a walking tour, visiting places like the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress and the Palace of Charles V. Know about the Mogul Kings and the Sultans when you visit this place.
This fascinating neighborhood of Sacramento on the hill top makes its presence felt in a significant way, where the Gypsies once settled in 1532.
Love affairs, hedonism, conspiracies and complex plots surround the history of Granada. Life began at Granada with the Iberian settlement in the district of Albayzin when the region was taken from the Visigoths y the Muslim forces way back in 711. Gradually, with the help of the Jewish community, life settled at the foot of the great Alhambra Hills for which the name Granada as it is called today, was derived from Granada Al Jahud. An independent emirate was set up by Mohammed ibn Yusuf ibn Nasr after the Muslims started to take refuge after the fall of Seville and Cordoba in 1248 and 1236 respectively.
With a large amount of influx from other parts of the world, the population of Granada cannot be exactly determined, but according to the latest survey, the population stands at 107,372 as in 2016 with the male and female population being more or less equal. Although the Spanish culture was dominated by the Arabs, still today the greater part of the population consists of white Catholics. Cultures have changed with the influx of a variety of communities, but today you will find the Granadians friendly and helpful.
The hottest months of Granada are July and August, when the temperature soars to even 40 degree Celsius, but due the dryness of the heat, it is much more bearable than the humid climate elsewhere in Spain. The average rainfall throughout the year is 30 mm with the heaviest rainfall being recorded during the period from October to February, although the sky remains mostly blue during January with the sun brightly shining throughout most of the days. When it starts to rain, Granada receives moderate to heavy rainfall. The best time of the year to visit Granada is during late October and early November.
You will have an unforgettable experience in staying at any of the Gypsie homes which are available for vacation rentals. Besides, you will find star rated hotels and the courtyard houses at Albayzin, which can offer you a pleasant stay. Granada is waiting for you to be explored.