There is a lot of beauty to be discovered in this part of Andalucía. There is of course the Alhambra palaces here in the city, the snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, the “pueblos blancos ” (white villages) of the Alpujarras and the sunny beaches of the Costa Tropical. Not to mention an abundance of delicious local food and wine, blissful summer evenings and a rich history of culture, arts and music.
The city of Granada is the capital of the province and it is located on the confluence of the rivers Beiro, Darro and Genil. The city is 700 meters above sea level and is quite unique for being under an hour drive from both the ski station in the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean coast. On a fine Spring day it is claimed that one can enjoy skiing in the morning and spend the afternoon sunbathing on the beach.
The city is serviced by Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport (GRX), disputes with Ryanair and Monarch airlines there are currently very few international flights and it operates primarily domestic routes. The closest major International airport is Malaga some 120 kilometers from Granada. Bus and rail connects Granada to all of the other major cities (Seville 3hrs, Madrid 5 hrs) with construction underway to connect the city into the AVE (high speed rail) network due to be complete in the next 2-4 years. Granada has no major manufacturing or engineering industry, instead the city depends largely on the twin pillars of the tourism sector and third level education.
The prestigious University of Granada caters for over 60,000 students who flock to the famous student city from across Spain as well as thousands more Europeans participating in the Erasmus student exchange programme and others from further afield. While the major draw for tourists coming to Granada is the Alhambra, there is many other historical and cultural activities that attracts large numbers to the city every year.
Granada is considered (along with Seville and Cádiz) to be at the heart of the Flamenco world. Many of the most famous stars of Flamenco learned their trade in Granada and none more famous than perhaps the most influential contemporary singer of all, Enrique Morente.
If this short introduction has whetted your appetite, maybe you could consider Granada’s premiere blogger, Molly Sears-Piccavey. She has written a huge amount of quality content about the city and she has suggested these articles as good starting points to enable you to enjoy and understand Granada. I thank her for allowing me to use them.
Granada with Children
The Secrets of the Alhambra
50 Things To Do in Granada
8 Restaurants in Granada
Great Reading! You can see all her work with links to her social media channels at www.Piccavey.com
For accommodation in Granada, Europe’s Famous Hostels have also produced an excellent guide for the budget traveller which can be downloaded from the Europe’s Famous Hostels website.
…and if you want to take it one stage further and are thinking about living in the city, Girasol Homes have many years’ experience of helping people move to the area. They have an intimate knowledge of this part of Andalucia and will be able to help you at every stage of the process.