The city of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of three rivers, Beiro, Darro and Genil, at an elevation of 738 metres above sea level yet only one hour from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical. Nearby is the Sierra Nevada Ski Station, where the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 were held.
At the 2005 census, the population of the city of Granada proper was 236,982, and the population of the entire urban area was estimated to be 472,638, ranking as the 13th-largest urban area of Spain. About 3.3% of the population did not hold Spanish citizenship, the largest number of these (31%) coming from South America. Its nearest airport is Federico García Lorca Airport Granada-Jaén Airport.
The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is one of the most famous items from the Islamic historical legacy that makes Granada a hot spot among cultural and tourist cities in Spain. The Almohad urbanism with some fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction is preserved in the area of the city called the Albaicín.
Granada is also well-known within Spain due to the prestigious University of Granada.
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things you can not miss in Granada
1. To Visit the Alhambra and the Generalife
World Heritage Site, the complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife is the most emblematic, known and visited monument of Granada.
2. To Visit the Park of Sciences of Granada
To visit the Park of Sciences is to enter a different world. A world where the visitor will have the knowledge of the science history on the tip of his fingers.
3. To Visit the Albaicin and the Sacromonte neighbourhoods
The Albaicín (World Heritage Site) and the Sacromonte are two of the districts with more colour, enchantment and history of the city of Granada.
4. To Ski in Sierra Nevada
In the south of Spain, in an earth blessed by the sun, the 3,478 meters of highest summits of the Sierra Nevada Massif guarantee the abundance of snow of quality in the most southern ski resort of Europe.
5. To Swim in the beaches of the Tropical Coast
There are tenths of beaches and small inlets of crystal-clear water, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 20 degrees.
6. To Know the Architecture of the Alpujarra
To know the architecture alpujarreña is to make a trip in the time until finding its origins in the Berbers tribes who inhabited this area.
7. To Sleep in House-Cave
To sleep in a house cave is an experience that allows the visitor to submerge completely in the culture and the form of life of more than 3,000 families from Granada.
8. To Taste our Caviar of Riofrío and To Travel across Western Granada
The extreme purity of waters of Riofrío, in Loja, provides one of star products of the Granada’s cuisine: the ecological caviar.
9. To Go Shopping
Granada is an ideal place to go shopping. To let you take and cross its streets visiting stores and markets is an attractive and colourful form to make contact with its culture and its people.
10. To Enjoy the Tapas and the Cuisine from Granada
Little plates of stewed snails, potatoes a lo pobre, battered fish, migas and pinchos constantly pass by the bars of bars and tascas in Granada.