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Granada

Granada, in the south of Spain, is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the country. Occupied for the last 2500 years, Granada has a long history, much of which is preserved in its architecture, where Moorish castles mingle with Renaissance cathedrals. Blessed with the mild climate of Andalusia and with the stunning Sierra Nevada as a backdrop, Granada's appeal is multi-faceted.

The main tourist attraction of the city is The Alhambra, a 14th-century Moorish citadel positioned atop a hill in the Albaicín district. The Alhambra – which translates into 'red fortress' – is famed for its intricate stonework and delicate Moorish embellishments – mosaic tiles, reflection pools and detailed arabesques. Framed by the wildflowers of the surrounding park – the Alameda de la Alhambra – the Alhambra is an undisputed marvel, and is reputedly the most visited site in Spain.

More of Granada's storied heritage can be seen at La Catedral de Granada. This cathedral took more than 180 years to build and even today the turrets remain unfinished. The nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of the Albaicín district also provides a glimpse into a different part Granada's past, its narrow medieval alleys and bath house pointing towards its Moorish occupation.

In the winter, many travelers use Granada as a base for ski trips in the nearby Sierra Nevada. The journey takes less than an hour by car and across the different peaks here visitors can ski, snowboard and go night-skiing. Day-trips are also available from the city, so visitors can head off to the piste during the day and settle back into their Granada hotel at night.

Granada is served by Granada Airport - officially called Federico Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen airport – which takes domestic flights from Barcelona and Madrid.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Granada, click on the interactive Granada map on the left-hand side of the page.