Granada is the capital of the Granada province, situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalucia. Geographical and scenic diversity characterizes the land. There is the coastal are with its warm climate; the extensive, fertile Genil plain; and the mountainous regions with a colder climate, where we find the 3,481 metre Mulhacén, the highest peak oln the peninsula. The city of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains at the confluence of the Darro and Genil rivers. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.
Granada has been shaped by the hills, where the old districts in the Albaicín and the Alhambra were founded, brimming with steep, narrow streets, beautiful nooks and corners, and marvellous landscapes. The new part of the city is situated on the plain, crisscrossed by the large arteries of Gran Vía de Colón and Calle de los Reyes Católicos, and where the busy streets around the Cathedral are found.
The Moors crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in 711 and settled in what was then a small visigoth town perched atop the Alhambra hill. Here they settled, erected walls, and laid the foundation for the prosperous civilization that would follow. It was in the 9th Century when Granada rose to importance after the fall of the Caliphate of Córdoba. Its splendour was reached in 1238, when Mohammed Ben Nasar founded the Nasrid dynasty, and the kingdom of Granada stretched from Gibraltar to Murcia.
La Alhambra Museum
Housed in the Palace of Carlos V, within the Alhambra, this museum contains outstanding Hispano-Moorish works of art from the 9th to the 16th Centuries, including ceramics, wood, plaster, and metals. In addition, there is a section of Oriental Moorish Art.
Museum Of Fine Arts
This museum preserves important works of art starting from the 16th century, including pieces by Alonso Cano and Machuca. Especially noteworthy is the sculpture El Entierro de Cristo (The Burial of Christ) by Jacob Florentino. Other art objects from former convents and churches in Granada can also be admired.
Royal Chapel Museum
This museum houses important works of great historical and artistic value, including the crown and sceptre of Queen Isabella and a priceless collection of panels from the Flemish School, a gift from the Queen to Granada.
A collection of decorative arts, important archeological artifacts, and some works by the Granada-born painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta are on display.
A collection of artifacts from prehistoric to Tartessian, Phoenician and Iberian cultures.
Casa De Los Pisa Museum
The twelve rooms house interesting works of art, including painting, sculpture, gold and silverwork.
House-Museum Of Manuel De Falla
The villa, surrounded by gardens contains furniture and personal objects of the celebrated composer.
House Museum Of Federico García Lorca
Granada residence of the famous poet, located in the Huerta de San Vicente within the García Lorca Park.
Estación Sierra Nevada mountains is one of the best equipped in all of Spain and the southernmost ski resort in Europe. It is equipped with numerous modern hotels. its 45 marked runs add up to a total of 62 kilometres and are classified according to difficulty. There are 20 ski lifts, 266 artificial snow machines, and also a long-distance trail. Minimum altitude is 2,100 m. and maximum is 3,300 m.
18-hole course. Electric carts and pull carts for rent. Restaurant. Los Moriscos Golf. 11-hole course. Restaurants and rental equipment available.
Granada is a city made for strolling and daydreaming. Both the artistic splendour of it monuments, as well as the beauty of the water of its parks, fountains, and pools, are a delight to the eye. Its narrow streets contrast with spacious gardens. Religious during Holy Week and festive at the caves of Sacromonte, Granada never ceases to amaze. Everything that should be said about Granada can be summarized with the verse by Francisco A. de Icaza displayed at the Tower of La Polvorosa at the Alhambra.