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Granada is the most visited city in Spain by tourists from all over the world. It is situated 662m above sea level in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the highest mountain range in Spain. It is 129km (80 miles) from Malaga and easily accessible from the Costa del Sol. The resident population is nearly a quarter of a million and home of Spain's 3rd largest university and is steeped in history.
Founded by the Romans it became an arab city in the 8th century and it was they who named it Granada. At the time Granada was mainly inhabited by Jews who are alleged to be the first people to settle in Spain, even before the Romans. In 1492 it was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians. One of the most beautiful buildings in Spain and certainly the most famous is the Moorish palace, the Alhambra; a series of palaces and gardens built in the 14th century which include the Generalife, a summer palace, and the Palace of Carlos V, an outstanding example of Spanish renaissance architecture.
The hill facing the Alhambra is the old moorish casbah, a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed houses. There is much to see and we recommend this website to learn more. Though this is popular for day tours, stay a night and sample the bars and cafes, the flamenco music and the ambience of this wonderful city.
Holiday information video about Granada