I have a better suggestion: Granada, magic in itself

The city what is widely regarded as deepest Spain and the essence of Andalusia where traditions hold firm. 
What will you find when you arrive here?
An unforgettable town with an impressive mix of old and new. A unique combination of Spanish, Moorish and European culture.

As the last stronghold of the Moors in the country after 800-year rule, they inevitable left their mark on it. Their architectural marvels remain everywhere. In Granada you will be able to breathe in the spirit of Al-Andalus.

However, it’s a modern vibrant student city as well, crowded with lively youthful atmosphere. 

Next to it's rigid street layout you'll find a bustling centre with just about everything expected to be found: boutiques, shops, restaurants, cafes, bars to all tastes and budgets.

Despite the hills, the city is walkable and pedestrian-friendly. Forget the map, just wander at will, it is relatively easy.

- Avenida de la Constitución - 

The city centre have a more elegant, continental feel. 

In recent years a lot of work has been carried out on streets and squares to give a more modern atmosphere.

- Calle Gran Vía de Colón street light -

- The beaten track: El Centro - 

You can always easily dive back into the Moorish past with a little walk. 

Alcaicería, the Arab bazaar is a charming version of the original one. You can still find traces of the old market traditions (stalls with Moroccan herbs, spices, fruits). 

The surrounding hills are home to the districts of the old town with their steep, narrow and winding streets and traditional Arabic whitewashed houses.

- with a backdrop of the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains -

A city of spectacular views. Impressive scenic “miradors" are an unmissable experience. Some of them are unexpected, away from the center and can be tricky to locate but well worth to dig it for a more relaxed atmosphere.

Flamenco echoes around the narrow whitewashed cobbled-streets. However, what Granada offers are different variations. These performed by gypsies called Zambra inside the cave houses built into the hills of Sacromonte.

The Albayzín is the oldest, iconic part of Granada which looks back at the Alhambra. 

Moorish gem fulfilled with colors and flavors. Arab shops and teahouses accompanied by Middle Eastern food. I might well have been in the medina in Tangier. 

- Albayzín neighborhood with its houses that sprawl up the hillside -

Historical homes that runs along the labyrinthine streets.
The traditional Moorish house with a small garden, surrounded by a high wall, separated from the street (“cármen”).

El Realejo is a melting pot of culture with ethnic backgrounds with a lively and hip vibe. The neighborhood used to be the Jewish quarter of Granada under Moorish rule. There are many small art galleries, restaurants, bars hiding down side streets and alleyways.

No matter how aware of this tradition you may be, I think it always comes as a pleasant surprise to have a free dish put in front of you. Yes, this is a city where free tapas comes with each drink. 

The Alhambra "the red one”, 
part hilltop fortress, part palace of kings - palace city what will take your breath away no matter what ...

- The Alcazaba -

- Church of Santa Maria de la Alhambra -

- The Mexuar -

- The Generalife -

Don’t forget that it requires tickets booked in advance.

To avoid the crush go in winter but make sure the room has heat. Granada with its scenic location at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras mountains is a city of extremes. Summers could be hot (40+) and winters cold (-0).

Excellent road links provide easy access to or from the city. In less than an hour drive south you can have a dip in the Mediterranean sea. In addition, closer to the city, the peaks of the Sierra Nevada (Europe’s second highest mountain range), set within a National Park, are a unique destination as well. However, this park is not just about its flora and fauna but the endless activities it has to offer, such as skiing in winter and mountain activities like hiking in warmer months, it also has a rich history.

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