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If you ask Spanish people what the most beautiful city of their country is, Granada is sure to make everybody's top three. Situated by the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the region of Andalusia, this provincial centre is more akin to a wonderland than a real city. The Alhambra Fortress, perched on the cliffs of Granada, is considered to be the most beautiful example of Moorish architecture. And don’t forget the youthful urban atmosphere, free snack (tapas) culture, interesting bars, flamenco dance halls...

Even though most people associate Granada with brilliant architecture and open air museums, it also boasts refined food, textile, chemistry and concrete industries. Since Granada also has a university and a lot of young people, who take residence here every year, the city is full of places for entertainment.

Flamenco performance in typical Sacromonte quarter cave, in Granada
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Flamenco performance in typical Sacromonte quarter cave, in Granada

Granada, which used to be mostly Muslim, even now has a fairly large North African Muslim community, comprising around 10 per cent of the population. The Medieval-like Albayzín neighbourhood even has its own mosque.

For almost 800 years, this city was the heart of the powerful Moorish Empire, while the entire region was called the Emirate of Granada. Only in the 15th century did the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella recapture Granada, and turned it into the capital of their Christian kingdom.

Tourists are also fascinated by the great cathedral of Granada, built by the best architects and sculptors of the 16th century. The Royal Chapel houses the remains of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.

Even though after the Spanish recapture of Granada most Muslims fled to North Africa, their fantastic heritage remains. For this reason, Granada now not only symbolises traditional Spanish culture, dance and lifestyle, but also reminds us of how long the Muslims reigned in Europe.

Romanillas square also called square of the donkey by the sculpture of a donkey on the side of the square, Granada, Andalusia
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Romanillas square also called square of the donkey by the sculpture of a donkey on the side of the square, Granada, Andalusia

Not far from Granada are the Generalife Gardens ('garden of wonders' in Arabic) with their fountains, refreshing pools, rose bushes and orange trees. The courtyards, with their murmuring fountains and quiet ponds, burrowed deep in the gardens, are witnesses to many different epochs and civilisations.

Despite the fact that Granada is situated at the foot of high mountains, tourists can easily reach the Andalusian beaches and return back to the city in the evening to have fun and spend the night. Furthermore, as winter comes, the Sierra Nevada ski resorts come to life. Even though there's not as much snow as in the Alps, who wouldn’t want to go skiing in one of the sunniest and Southernmost European regions?

Granada Cityscape Churches Andalusia Spain from Olive Gardens
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Granada Cityscape Churches Andalusia Spain from Olive Gardens

Currently, Granada is home to 240 thousand people, metro lines are being opened in 2015, and the city is visited by around 1.6 million tourists every year. During the winter season, the locals go to ski in the daytime and tan on the beach in the evening. Once they holidays come, they dance, drink wine and participate in colourful processions. It seems like this city is in its golden age, so be sure not to miss the opportunity to enjoy this sunny paradise.

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