The streets of Granada are narrow, the houses are close together, which makes it easy to get lost. It is not without reason that the name of the city refers to the pomegranate - a fruit in which the seeds form a tight collection, huddled together like a close-knit family.
Granada's main street is crowded and noisy. It does not differ much from other large streets in other cities in Spain or other countries - it is full of fast food bars and designer boutiques. However, it is enough to enter the tangle of side streets to discover the charm of this place. They create an atmospheric labyrinth in which the eye comes across beautiful tenement houses and charming squares.
The guardian of the Sabika hill
Granada's greatest pride is the Alhambra , the best-preserved Arabian palace in the world. Its silhouette towers over the city, proudly crowning the top of the Sabika hill. Behind the building, at a distance of about 30 km, there is the huge Sierra Nevada massif.
The Alhambra is a must-see during the trip, which is clearly visible from the crowds waiting in line for the ticket (cost - € 13). Tourists are allowed to enter the area every half an hour. Tickets are valid only on a given day and time - keep this in mind so as not to be late and lose your money and the chance to visit the palace.
The pearl of Andalusia dazzles with the splendor of the interior, surprising tourists - it is not so rich from the outside. The main complex consists of the palace of Charles V, the Alcazaba fortress (with a magnificent view of the city and the mountains) and the Nasrid palaces, with dozens of chambers, and beautiful courtyards with intricate column carvings, mosaics and ornaments. The most photographed place in the palace is the Courtyard of Lions. It is surrounded by arcades, and the center is a monumental fountain supported by 12 sculptures of lions.
Outside the palace walls there are fabulous gardens, where among the lush vegetation the fountains joyfully murmur. There are also romantic waterfalls, ponds and canals. The palace complex can also be visited at night.
Granada is colorful and sensual. In the evening, you can see passionate and expressive flamenco dances in the gypsy neighborhood on the Sacramonte hill . Its inhabitants live traditionally in the so-called cuevas, or tiny houses partially carved into the rock.
It is also bustling in small Morocco, as the district of Calle de Tetera , located at the foot of Albaicín, is commonly referred to. There we find a multitude of Moroccan shops with hookahs, jewelry, tea sets. There are also stalls with typical Spanish souvenirs, such as castanets or decorated fans. On Sunday mornings, there is a market here where you can buy spices from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to buy fresh olives and dates or hand-embroidered Spanish scarves.
Camping in Granada
For tourists planning to come to Granada, there are places in hostels and apartments in hotels - incl. Parador San Francisco , located in the gardens of the Alhambra. Accommodation prices start from over 300 €, but there are plenty of interested people, so it's best to book it several months in advance. People looking for a place in a slightly less expensive location can consider the offer of guesthouses.
Not far from the city center there is Camping Motel Sierra Nevada . To say that it is very well equipped is definitely not enough - it offers a wide range of services, ranging from restaurants, a supermarket and a playground for children, to a tennis court and a swimming pool. It is adapted to the needs of disabled people. We will pay € 13.80 a day for renting a plot, an adult's night is € 6.00, and a child between 3 and 10 years old - € 5.10. Thanks to the great location, guests of the campsite can easily get to any point in the city - buses run every 10 minutes.
During breaks between sightseeing, you can visit a cafe or pub and taste tapas. Many Granada restaurants offer this traditional Andalusian snack as a free accompaniment to your drinks.
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