With its dramatic mountain setting and must-see Moorish Palace, Granada makes a wonderful destination for a city break. As well as historical and architectural delights, this scenic part of Spain is home to a vibrant cafe culture, cobbled streets and an array of quaint tapas bars. Holidays in Granada are the perfect way to enjoy southern Spain’s famous sun, whilst discovering more about the last Moorish kingdom. As well as all that culture, Granada is home to good shopping (the jewellery and shoes are particularly good.) And the large student community gives the modern part of this city a vibrant atmosphere with some lively nightlife. Many visitors to Granada explore further afield and go hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains. With one of the planet’s most famous landmarks and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, Granada holidays make the perfect city break.
All Granada city breaks should include a visit to the spectacular Alhambra Palace. Perched grandly on the hillside overlooking the rest of the city, this 14th Century Moorish palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the worlds most celebrated landmarks. Its best to take a whole day to explore the magnificent building and grounds. When youre done, head down the winding, labyrinthine streets of Albaicin, where youll find an archaeological museum, pretty squares and amazing views of the palace. Other popular sights include the cathedral, monastery and the home of Lorca. When it comes to shopping, department store El Corte Ingls stocks plenty of clothes, whilst gift shops offer up jewellery, leather goods and crafts imported from Morocco. Head out of town and discover beautiful Andalucian villages and unique cave houses.
From theatre and music to late night clubs, theres a nightlife scene to suit everyone on Granada holidays. Start the evening with a relaxing drink in one of the citys many tapas bars, before heading on to a later nigh venue. Clubs in Spain typically dont get going until around midnight and many stay open until dawn. The diverse nightlife scene makes city breaks in Granada popular with young and old alike.
When it comes to dining out in Granada, youre spoilt for choice. Theres a strong North African influence here: think tuckedaway tea rooms and little restaurants serving up spicy food. Grab a table at one of the terrace cafes in the upper Albaicin and marvel at the vistas of the Alhambra on the opposite hill. Just like in the rest of Spain, tapas bars and pavement cafes are plentiful in Granada.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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