The old town of Granada, Spain
Exquisite windows inside the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Arches inside the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Decorative wall inside the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Roofline of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Roofline of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
The old town of Granada, Spain
Exquisite windows inside the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Arches inside the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Decorative wall inside the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Roofline of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Roofline of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
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Discover the treasures of Granada

The Alhambra fortress and Hammam de Granada are only two of the many intriguing places to visit in Granada. Set aside at least 3 days to explore the city’s treasures and fully immerse yourself in the intricate architecture that reflects Andalusia’s difficult transition from Islam to Christianity.

By JAY KAY
  • 1.Hear the story of Alhambra

    Granada was founded in the 5th Century BC and has had a turbulent past, but today it is most renowned for its fabulous wealth of Moorish architecture. The imposing Alhambra Palace and Fortress shares similarly dramatic fate and the ‘crimson palace’ tells a breathaking story which gets loudest when you wander through the ruins of the palace Turkish baths.

    Granada's Alhambra Palace at sunset

    2.Soak in a traditional Hammam

    Hammams are highly traditional in Andalusia and its capital Granada has one of the best in the country. Exploring the mystic labyrinth of Hammam de Granada is real a treat and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Delve into the grand setting and let the rituals of a traditional Moorish bath relax you, rejuvenate your body before it releases you back into the Islamic brushed with Christianity streets of Granada.

  • 3.Discover a secret garden

    Despite their ancient charms not many visitors know about the existence of ‘carmens’. They are the private walled gardens of hillside townhouses dating back to Moorish times and a few are open to public. You’ll have to ring the bell to be let into the university grounds that hide the Carmen de la Victoria on Cuesta del Chapiz. Wander through the many levels showcasing colourful mosaics, lush flowers and a mesmerising myriad of bushes, all the while enjoying the different views of The Alhambra in the background.

    4.Join the locals on a night out

    Granada nightlife, especially at weekends, grows in decibels and action. Get away from the tourist area to streets like Calle Pedro Antonio, busy with bars and pubs, popular with locals all ready to party. Expect a casual atmosphere, cheaper prices and Saturday nights packed to the brim.

  • 5.Relax with a cup of Moroccan mint tea

    In sharp contract with Granada’s vibrant nightlife, the ‘street of the tea rooms’ La Calle de Las Teterias comes in with a demure atmosphere created by a line of tea shops, brewing traditional sweet Moroccan tea. Sit back in one of the aging sofas or on the floor cushions and breath in the fruity scent of shisha pipes.

    Best time of year

    Granada is a good all-year-round destination. Between July and August, the Spanish summer, it gets hot which can make exploring the Alhambra Palace exhausting. If you visit Granada early spring you open the possibility of a morning session of skiing down Sierra Nevada followed by a swim on the coast.

    Time suggested

    3-4 days in and around Granada will give you a sufficient amount of time to fully explore the city.

5 October 2011