Granada, La Alhambra, Andalucia

Granada stands where the foothills of the Sierra Nevada meet the fertile Vega de Granada, the greenest stretch of farmland in Andalucía. Only 100 km away from the Mediterranean Sea with a population of nearly 300.000, it is also a popular university town with more than 60.000 students a year.

Granada is know for its craftsmanship producing handmade quality products such as guitars, pottery, board games and other products in wood. With a network of steep erratic streets, its a great place to stroll take in the smells of jasmine and enjoy the free-tapas culture. Most of its secrets lie behind the tall walls of its typical house-patio complexes, know as camenes. The pretty Plaza de Bib-Rambla is full of flower stands and toy shops, with an unusual fountain. The Old Quarter (Parte Vieja) and the Albayzin district, which are both known for their al fresco dining and endless array of shops.

The exquisite Alhambra is the most impressive medieval Moorish palace in the world.

The Alhambra is made up of three principal parts: The Royal Palace, The Alcazaba or fortress and the Medina. Its gardens and the summer residence, the Generalife with its soothing arrangements of pathways, patios, fountains, pools and tall trees coupled with beautiful flowers of the season.

With nearly two million visitors annually, it is the most popular monument in Spain, therefore it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance you can purchase the tickets on the day, however as numbers are restricted and they sell out quickly.

Sacromonte Gypsy Caves are also worth a look with some 3,500 caves traditionally inhabited by gypsies. Even today some 80 percent of the caves are still occupied and outsiders are welcome to enjoy their fiestas of flamenco music and dance.

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