From its dramatic mountain scenery to its fascinating historical attractions, Granada is a fantastic destination for those who like their holidays in Spain to offer plenty of culture to experience! As the last Moorish kingdom and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Granada has a rich history to discover but it's a thoroughly modern and cosmopolitan city too; you can look forward to excellent shopping, stylish bars and a diverse nightlife on your holiday to Granada. Compact enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to have plenty to offer on a Spanish city break, Granada holidays are especially popular with couples and groups of friends that want to see a really authentic side of Spain. But that certainly doesn't mean compromising on fun, as Granada offers lively nightlife in abundance too! After strolling through the winding cobbled streets of Albaicin, visiting the boutiques to pick up shoes and jewellery imported from Morocco, or even taking a hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains or a trip to nearby Malaga, you can wind down your day - or turn up the pace - in one of Granada's many pubs, bars or late-night clubs that are frequented by the city's large student population. The most famous attraction in Granada is the beautifully preserved 14th century Alhambra Palace, which occupies an imposing spot on the hillside overlooking the city and is a simply unmissable sight, but you'll stumble across large cathedrals, monasteries and pretty city squares too. Whilst Granada is a thoroughly Spanish city, you'll see the North African influence everywhere that you look - not only in the intricate architecture but in the cuisine too, with tea rooms and Moroccan style restaurants tucked in between tapas bars. And of course being a Spanish city, Granada enjoys long days of warm sunshine too, which you can soak up at one of its many terrace cafes or by your hotel pool. If Granada sounds like your ideal next trip, trust Hays Travel, the UK's Best High Street Travel Agent, to book your perfect getaway. With over 37 years of experience in planning unforgettable holidays for families, couples and friends, you're in safe hands with Hays.
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.
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