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Granada.

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Granada (map) is a city in Granada Province in the Andalusia region of Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is a very worthwhile city in Spain for a tourist.

Granada has been continuously inhabited by humans for at least 2500 years, originating as an Ibero-Celtic settlement prior to the establishment of a Greek colony in the area. The Moorish conquest of 711 CE brought Islamic rule to the Iberian Peninsula and Granada was quickly established as a center of Al-Andalus, the Muslim name for the region.

The Alhambra (map), an ancient Nasrid citadel and palace, is located in Granada. It is one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture and one of the most visited tourist sites in Spain.

With a decent map you can find your way around, but many streets are so short they won’t be named on a map. Still, if you keep some of the local landmarks in mind (church towers and hills are frequently good ones) you can maintain a general sense of direction – which is often all you need to find your way around.

The greatest artistic wealth of Granada is its Spanish-Islamic art – in particular, the compound of the Alhambra (+wiki) and the Generalife (wiki, map).

The Generalife is a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens, remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. The Alhambra is the architectural culmination of the works of Nasrid art that were undertaken in the 13th and 14th centuries, with most of the Alhambra having been built at the time of Yusuf I and Mohammed V, between 1333 and 1354.

Cathedral of Granada (map) is built over the Nasrid Great Mosque of Granada, in the centre of the city. The church was conceived on the model of the Cathedral of Toledo, for what initially was a Gothic architectural project, as was customary in Spain in the early decades of the 16th century.

Royal Chapel of Granada (map) In it are buried the Catholic Monarchs, their daughter Joanna of Castile (Juana la Loca) and her husband Felipe I (Felipe el Hermoso). Construction of the Chapel started in 1505, directed by its designer. The most important parts of the chapel are its main retable, grid and vault. In the Sacristy-Museum is the legacy of the Catholic Monarchs. Its art gallery is highlighted by works of the Flemish, Italian and Spanish schools.

The Albayzín (or Albaicín, map) is a neighborhood of Al-Andalus origin, much visited by tourists who flock to the city because of its historical associations, architecture, and landscape. It is one of the ancient centres of Granada, like the Alhambra, the Realejo and the Arrabal de Bib-Rambla, in the flat part of the city.

 

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Public transport.

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transportesrober.com – The local buses cover nearly all sights of interest and run quite frequently. Most city buses travel through the heart of town along Gran Vía (stopping in front of the cathedral).

Always check whether the bus or the train is more convenient. The least expensive way to get around most parts of Spain is by bus.

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting around Spain (spain.info)

BUS: One of the largest bus companies in Spain is ALSA, which covers most of the country with its extensive network of bus routes. Other popular bus companies include Avanza, Empresa Plana, and Socibus / Secorbus. You can also see what is all available on Movelia.es.

TRAIN: The main train operator is RENFE, including AVE (Spanish high speed train) or Talgo intercity services. (*Rail travel in Europe)

AIRPORT: Information about Spanish airports ⇒ aena.es.

FERRY: Baleària • Grimaldi LinesTrasmediterranea. + Spain’s main sea connections (spain.info)

Granada in Spain: City Tour by a Local | Alhambra, Sierra Nevada and Flamenco | Meet a Local.

Alhambra, Sierra Nevada and Flamenco: Granada local Manuel Jesús Costela has invited us to the Andalusian city in southern Spain. He shows us the most exciting attractions his hometown has to offer.

video source: DW Travel / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

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VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

When you need visas and entry requirements. Types of visas and where to get them. Visa for international digital nomads.

Renfe.com

Renfe is the national railway company of Spain, and their website offers information about train schedules, routes, and fares.

alsa.com

Alsa is the leading bus operator in the Spanish. ‘We reached hundreds of destinations, some of which you cannot imagine.’

www.thelocal.es: The Local is an English-language news site that covers Spain and other countries in Europe. Their website offers information about current events, culture, and lifestyle in Spain, as well as travel tips and advice.

www.spain-holiday.com: This website offers a wide selection of holiday rentals in Spain, from apartments and villas to farmhouses and beach houses. You can search for rentals by location, amenities, and price, and read reviews from other travelers.

Food & Wine

www.foodswinesfromspain.com: This is the official website of Spain’s food and wine industry, and it offers information about the country’s culinary traditions, as well as recipes, food events, and product information.

www.spanishsabores.com: Welcome to Spanish Sabores, your place to discover simple Spanish recipes the whole family will love.

esmadrid.com | Food and Drink is a section of the official tourism board’s website that offers information about Madrid’s gastronomic scene, including top restaurants, markets, and food tours.