Granada is a city famous for its one-of-a-kind architectural wonder: La Alhambra, an Arabic fortress and palace dating back to the Moorish reign in Spain.
Described by poets as “a pearl set in emeralds” thanks to its backdrop of deep green woods and trees, this emblematic palace is perched on the top of a hill and offers breathtaking views of the city of Granada and beyond. For a different perspective, admiring the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás viewpoint is the perfect way to take in the beauty of this cultural and historical gem.
Touring the Alhambra palace and gardens is a magical experience too. A guided visit can help you understand the connection and history between the palace roots in both Islam and Christianity that have shaped Granada into the city it is today.
But Granada isn’t just La Alhambra. You could spend hours wandering through city’s old Moorish quarter, the Albaicín, admiring it’s white-washed roofs and twisted alleyways. Wear comfortable shoes, though, as this part of town is filled with steps and hills.
The new city down below also has its appeal — chic tapas restaurants and shopping — this is where you’ll find all the locals hanging out. Plus, Granada’s Andalusian location is perfect for weekend escapes — ski on snowy peaks in one direction or hit the beach in the other, each under and hour away.