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The Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Viewed from the Mirador de San Nico

City at a Glance

Granada, Spain
Location Southern Spain
City type Medium city
Population 232,000
Language Spanish
Climate Mediterranean
Average temperatures January: 44° F, July: 79° F
Landscape Urban, plains, riverscape
Fact In Spanish, Granada means pomegranate, which is also the city's symbol.

About Granada

From its past to its present, Granada radiates a multicultural vibe. Moorish, European, and Spanish influences permeate the architecture, mosaics, and ethnic neighborhoods. Feel the city's energy in its traditional flamenco performances with rapid-fire rhythms and elaborate costumes. As a university town, Granada's friendly locals welcome any culture, background, or personality, making the city an ideal destination for international students. The city's exciting culinary scene boasts Arabian tea houses, aromatic street food, and tapas bars, where the traditional appetizers are still free at most places. A bohemian and artistic atmosphere pairs with a buzzing nightlife—giving the ancient city a youthful and colorful style.

Where is Granada

37.1773363, -3.5985571

What to do in Granada

  • Sacromonte Gypsy quarter: Duck into a cave house for a dynamic flamenco performance with rhythmic stomping and the swishing of colorful ruffled dresses.
  • Albaicín: Meander through the city's charming Moorish quarter and shop for Moroccan leather, Indian fabric, or jewelry before eating tapas and watching a brilliant sunset.
  • Alhambra fortress: Step into stone-paved Moorish courtyards that shielded Muslim rulers from the Mediterranean heat for centuries. The center of the sprawling complex houses the pearly Nasrid Palaces, considered the jewel of the Alhambra.
  • Mirador de San Nicolas: Hike up to Granada's most famous vista point for Instagram-worthy photos of the Alhambra, the city, and the mountains forming a majestic background to it all.
  • Carrera del Darro: Take a time out on this romantic street filled with history—paths of the old city walls, views of Renaissance buildings, and the Puente del Cadí, the remains of an impressive Moorish bridge.