At the foot of the Sierra Nevada and close to the Mediterranean sea lies Granada, in the heart of Andalusia, a region with warm summers and soft winters. In winter the Sierra Nevada is a skying area. With beautiful scenery on the highest peaks of the Peninsula.
In Granada you can find the Alhambra. The Alhambra is one of the most visited monuments of the world. It used to be the palace and fortress of the Nasrid sultans. The palace is built by the Moors to defend the city. And is located on the hill of Al-Sabika, at the left bank of the river Darro, at the west side of Granada and in front of the villages Albaicin and Alcabaza. Therefor the Alhambra will give you an astonishing view of the entire city.
Grenada in a nutshell. You will find a beautiful balance between the Arabic and Christian architecture. Enjoy eating delicious tapas, a beautiful scenic view and dance the flamenco in the streets. I doesn’t matter what you have planned, there are a few sights that you need to visit to enjoy Grenada in its full potential.
The Alhambra is the medieval palace of the former Islamic sultan of Grenada, Muhammed III. In the heart of the Alhambra you can find the palace of Charles V, which is an absolute must-see because of its European architecture that fits perfectly within the Arabic surroundings. When you’ll continue a bit further, you will end up in the beautiful gardens of the Generalife palace. Walk along the pebble mosaic paths, enjoy the beauty of the long pond surrounded by flowerbeds, exquisite fountains and pavilions.
Cathedral of Granada
Visiting the cathedral of Granada isn’t something you will forget that easily. This sixteenth century cathedral is located in the centre of the medina of the city. The Santa Iglesia Cathedral de la Anunciación de Granada is characterized by baroque elements and stained glass, which makes the in- and outside a sight for sore eyes.
Montefrio itself is worthwhile visiting while you’re here. This historical village with archaeological findings that date back to 4500 B.C. At Puena de los Gitanes they for example found, samples from the Visigoths and Roman empire. Montefrio also was an important village between Granada and Castilla in the fifteenth century.
In Cordoba you can find the Palacio de Viana, this palace is a national monument and has an artistic garden that dates back to the eighteenth century. The palace is 6500m2, it has two floors and fascinating patios. Another thing you can find in Cordoba is the third biggest mosque in the world. ‘The La Mezquita.’ It is a mosque with a beautiful cathedral inside, which has a lot of beautiful columns inside. (856 in total)
PRIEGO DE CODOBA
Another thing that is worth your visit, while you are here is the town Priego de Codoba. This is a town with a lot of history, for example: Barrio de la Villa, which is a district that dates back to medieval times and has Arabic origins, Fuente del Rey is a baroque fountain from 1803. This fountain has 139 gargoyles and they provide the three lower levels of the fountain with water. The Fuente del Rey is located together with the Fuente de la Salud in the heart of the town, which dates back to the sixteenth century.