What to do in Granada, Spain
Granada is one of Andalucía’s most beautiful cities. A popular tourist destination known for its Moorish architecture, Moorish influenced unique culture and cuisine. Granada is home to the most visited attraction in Spain, The Alhambra.
The Alhambra with its trickling fountains, sandstone fortresses and breathtaking Moorish palaces is a UNESCO world heritage monument. The Alhambra demands at least a half-day and best visited in early morning. You get to select the time of visit, only if you managed to make a booking at least two weeks in advance.
Cave-taverns of nearby Sacromonte, (‘Gypsy District’ ) is where you will find flamenco in its most raw and potent form, communicating the passion, pain and power of its origins. Unfortunately, most of the Granada flamenco cave shows
are touristy. However, it is still worth an experience. The barrio of Sacromonte is often billed by the guidebooks as the neighbourhood where gypsies still ride donkeys and reside in cave-houses!
It is best to explore rest of Granada with the help of a tour guide. There are many individual and group tours conducted by enthusiastic locals. Walking tour of Albaicin that ends with the best view of the Alhambra from Plaza San Nicolas is a must-do. You should also look at off-beat tours that take you underground to explore tunnels that criss-cross under the Alhambra.
Tapas bars are a dime a dozen in Granada. In nearly all tapas bars, you get free tapas with your drink.
Snow and Beach
With Granada as base, you can visit a ski slope and a sunny beach on the same day. In the morning, you can visit the nearby ski resort town of Sierra Nevada and in the evenings, you can head to one of the nearby Andalusian beaches.