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Granada, said to be one of the most beautiful cities of Spain, sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada between the Darro and Genil rivers. It is a city of extremes, it's location gives the city summers of 40 degrees plus and below zero winters whilst it's rich and eventful history leaves it's imprint throughout a modern vibrant city in it's culture and architecture.

It's excellent road links provide easy access to the cities of Sevilla, Malaga and Almeria while the Mediterranean coast is less than an hours drive south. Nowadays Granada is an important commercial city for Spain.

The area was first settled in the prehistoric period, later becoming a Roman colony known as Illibris. It was after the Moorish invasions of the Peninsula during the 8th Century that Granada was given its current name. Under this Moorish domination, Granada became the most advanced city in Europe, a centre of excellence for Islamic arts and culture. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Catholic Monarchs and this has left a distinct Arab flavour to the city.

It was the publication in 1832 of Washington Irvings romantic 'Tales of the Alhambra' that first put Granada on the tourist map and it hasn't looked back since. It is an unforgetable town with an impressive mix of old and new, on the plain is the modern city of Granada with it's rigid street layout whilst the surrounding hills are home to the districts of the old town with their steep, narrow and winding streets and white-washed homes. At the heart of the city you'll find a lively, bustling centre with just about everything expected to be found in a modern day city with a wealth of shops and a wide and varied selection of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. At the same time a walk through this city's streets will take the visitor past many splendours that serve as a reminder of Granada's rich heritage.

Granada is home to the third largest university in Spain. The University of Granada was founded under the initiative of the Emperor Carlos V in 1531 and has become one of the top universities within Spain. The city has a population of 240,000 of which 60,000 are students this gives Granada has a distinctive youthful energy and modern outlook while managing to preserve a strong sense of history.

For those seeking culture there are numerous events that take place during the year including the 'Arte en la Calle' (Art in the Street Festival) and the International Festival of Music and Dance. Among the cities many museums are the Parque de las Ciencias and the Museum Casa de los Tiros while monuments include the Catedral de la Anunciacion and, of course, The Alhambra Palace - Spains number one tourist attraction.

For a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city centre head for the Albaicin area, the original setting for the 8th Century Moorish Court. Located on the hill opposite the Alhambra Palace (and accessed just off the Plaza Nueva) the Albaizin is made up of cobblestoned streets and quiet plazas lined with white-washed houses where the visitor will find numerous Morrocan tea-shops, restaurants and gift shops. Its interesting to note that this area of the city was recently declared a World Heritage Site and anyone enjoying a leisurely wander through its charming streets could easily forget they were in a thriving metropolis!

The best times to visit Granada are spring and autumn. During the summer months it can become unbearably hot with temperatures often reaching 40C whilst in winter, despite blue skies during the day, the nights can be cold with the occasional frost and even the odd dusting of snow.

 
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