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Discover Granada – the jewel of Andalucía

Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the Andalucía region of southern Spain, the beautiful city of Granada is a holiday destination that offers both an amazing insight into the Moorish history of the area and a vibrant city with a wealth of activities for tourists to discover.

The Alhambra Palace

Granada’s most famous landmark is the imposing Alhambra castle that overlooks the city from its perch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Built in the 14th century by the regions Moorish rulers, the palace and its surrounding fortifications were declared as a world heritage site in 1984 and are well worth a visit. Take a hike up the Assabic (the Red Hill) and you will not only find the beautiful architecture of the Alhambra, but also unrivalled views of Granada and the surrounding area.

In the city itself, why not visit Granada’s famous Science Park? The ‘Parque de las Ciencias’ is located within 10 minutes walk of the city centre and is an interactive museum, spread over a massive 70,000 square meters. With a butterfly house, planetarium and a ‘hall of perception’ where you can play with light and sound to your heart’s content – the Science Park has something for everyone and is sure to appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages.

View from the Alhambra

Like all the best city breaks, Granada is a very compact city, which makes enjoying the lively city centre – with its numerous bars, restaurants and shops – very easy, with almost everything accessible by foot. The main shopping district has a great mix of established retail outlets and independent shops, so don’t forget to stock up on travel money before you leave.

One of the most endearing elements of Granada can be found in any one of the numerous bars and taverns in the city, where tourists can discover tapas in its truest form. Contrary to the recent worldwide trend of Spanish tapas restaurants, where you can spend the same on tapas as you would on a three course meal, Granada is one of the few places where tapas is still served free of charge with your drinks – the traditional Spanish way.

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