Granada will fascinate you.It is a small city but with a number of attractions that deserve to lengthen your stay to be able to appreciate and taste everything. Just on the visit of the Alhambra one spends 3 hours to see everything, so you invest a lot of time. It also depends on the degree of interest and beauty that awakens in the traveler but we assure you that it will be high, because the Alhambra is a city palace that surprises every stay of its landscaped and walled structure. It is a treasure that one never gets tired of appreciating, from the most hidden to the most superficial details. Above, from some of the balconies of the Alhambra, there is a beautiful view of the Albaicín and the Sacromonte. The gardens of the Generalife are a joy for the sight, a moment that without a doubt you will want to immortalize.
Besides, you have the Albaicín and the Sacromonte, the high part of the city and radically different to the center of Granada. They are different, picturesque, and extravagant, they have charming areas, where it seems that a different rhythm of life and everyday life is carried on. Natural watchtowers where you can contemplate with admiration Granada, which rests at your feet. An attractive point you have to try is to go up to the Sacromonte Abbey and get lost during the day in its district of flowers, narrow streets and long paths. The Cathedral, the Carthusian Monastery, the Royal Chapel and the Arab baths of El Bañuelo complete the monumental offer of a religious city. It is a meeting point for great civilizations and an architectural beauty without equal. Enjoy Granada and let yourself be immersed by its incredible spirit and magic.
La Alhambra, the wonder of humanity
It is a fascinating complex is one of the most visited monuments in Europe and one of the most beautiful in the world. It is considered the fourteenth wonder of the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 and it takes approximately three hours to visit the entire place. It is mainly constituted by the gardens of the Generalife, the Nasrid Palaces and the Alcazaba. Its origins date back to the 13th century when the first Nasrid monarch, Mohamed I, established his residence there. It is an immense fortress, walled and it looks like a palatial miniature city full of gardens, leafy vegetation, flowers, colors, impossible arches, Arabic architecture, long paths, interior courtyards, fountains, water spaces, bathrooms and large esplanades. It is a real barbarity. It is worthwhile to stop at the details as well as at the immense landscape. There is also a beautiful view of the Albaicín and the Sacromonte from its courtyards and elevated terraces. It will make you want to enjoy not only the beauty of its different rooms, but also to take a lot of pictures. The Alhambra is a great example of how light and water can offer important decorative effects. Do not miss the night visit, one of the great unknown that turns out to be highly recommended. A spectacle of light, color and water to please you with the kindness of the Alhambra. At night, colors and shades are lost but magic and sensations are obtained.
Patio de los Leones, an essential visit of the Alhambra
Just the fact of putting a foot on this large and wide room will make you appreciate its identity, charisma and personality. Everyone who visits it is aware of its dimension and beauty. It is a wide courtyard dominated by a fountain with 12 lion which are all different and this lions give name to this part of the enclosure. It has two pavilions or temples, one is exterior and the other one is interior. You get access to the interior one by crossing the 124 columns that form the beautiful porticoed galleries.
The Cathedral, impressive and appealing
It is the first Renaissance Cathedral in Spain and the second largest in the country. It has a completely rounded High Altar, unprecedented in the history of architecture and it has extraordinary dimensions. If you are a devotee this is a visit you must do. For those who are not, you have to visit the place because it is an architectural jewel that is worthy of being seen from the outside and also from the inside because it really makes an impact and impresses in equal parts.
La Capilla Real, worship to funerals
It is located between the Cathedral, the Lonja ledge and the church of the Sacred, in the heart of Granada. It was built by the Catholic Monarchs at the beginning of the 16th century to turn it into the burial place for their bodies. It is part of the Cathedral complex and it's located in a privileged area in the centre. In Gothic style, it is another of Granada's inherited attractions.
La Cartuja, the jewel of the baroque style
It is a monastery that combines different styles but it represents one of the peaks of Baroque architecture in Spain. It is a wonderful thing and worth the visit although the fatigue may surface at some point taking into account the amount of attractions that this city has. The Altar, its Sacristy, the wood works, the collection of paintings by Sánchez Cotán and the Baroque character of the Monastery itself are all beautiful.
The Arabic baths of the Bañuelo
Its labeled conceptually in diminutive because it is smaller than the other royal baths of the Alhambra. It graphically represents the ritual of physical and spiritual cleansing of that time and it also reproduces faithfully what it also meant the meeting points. These are the best preserved public baths on the peninsula. It is declared to be of cultural interest.