At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between the rivers Darro and Genil, lies one of the most fascinating cities in Spain. As well as its impressive Al-Andalus heritage, the city boasts Renaissance architectural gems and ultra-modern facilities, fit for the 21st century.

Granada has an unmistakably Moorish flavour, as it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. The gastronomy, craftwork and urban planning are influenced by its glorious past.

Fountains, viewpoints and “Cármenes”, houses surrounded by typical gardens of this city, create unforgettable corners in the city. It is no surprise that one of its historic districts, Albaicín, is a World Heritage Site, together with the Alhambra and Generalife. It was an important cultural centre for many centuries, under both Islamic and Christian rulers, and still boasts an admirable array of culture and leisure activities. Film, music or theatre festivals are complemented with permanent or travelling exhibitions on all fields of knowledge. Renaissance palaces are home to seminars, conferences and lectures, while the most innovative infrastructure is ready for larger-scale events.

Get to know Granada by neighbourhoods


Sacromonte is Granada’s most distinctive neighbourhood, known worldwide for its houses in caves and stunning views. It is also considered …

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The Alhambra complex is the world’s most spectacular Arab citadel and the symbol of Granada. It comprises several visitable areas: …

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It is hardly surprising that UNESCO declared the Albaicín World Cultural Heritage in 1994, because the charm of the neighbourhood’s …

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Realejo is the old Jewish neighbourhood of Granada, or Garnata al-Yahud (Granada of the Jews), as it was called in …

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Historical Centre

The monumentality of the Catholic Monarchs’ favourite city is felt in impressive monuments like the Cathedral, a symbol of Granada’s …

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Genil and Ronda

This pleasant area is only a few minutes from the city centre and boasts one of the broadest ranges of …

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Granada and its surroundings

In addition to the provincial capital and the region of Granada, there are a number of towns historically linked to the city of the Alhambra. These towns share its rich heritage and are located within the city’s iconic green belt, an area filled with carefully tended parks and gardens. Some of these municipalities have played a crucial role in world history and culture, such as Santa Fe, a town created by the Catholic Kings to besiege Granada and where the Capitulations for the European discovery of the Americas were signed by Christopher Columbus. Another example is Fuente Vaqueros, the birthplace of Federico García Lorca, one of Spain’s most famous poets and playwrights.

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