Granada has been the site of civilization dating back to the
prehistoric period. For modern day
tourists it holds historic interest, a perfect climate and a bustling
nightlife. Remnants of ancient times
abound including the Alhambra, a series of buildings built in the 14th
century. The buildings, gardens and
fountains stand at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, Spain s highest mountains and
is a breathtaking spectacle worthy of note.
Other monuments, cathedrals, palaces, mansions and ancient
labyrinths of streets and homes lend added interest and charm to the city. The Sacromonte hill was once the home of the
area s large Gypsy community and is still the site of their cave dwellings
which you can tour. Many say the best
time to visit weather-wise is in Spring and Fall although if you don t mind the
heat, and in particular a dry heat, summers are beautiful as well. This ideal location makes it possible to ski
in the mountains and swim in the ocean both on the same day.
The capital city in the province of Granada, the city is home to about 250,000 people. An active nightlife keeps things hopping into the wee hours, particularly in the summer months. To get the best idea of what is happening where, just check out the posters hanging outside local bars for current and coming events. Local cuisine is very creative, traditional yet with a local flair. One of the suspected origins of the name of the city lies in the pomegranate fruit which is abundant in here and also figures predominantly in the cuisine.