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With the wondrous Alhambra as its centrepiece, the ancient city of Granada - in the heart of Spain’s south-west - is a must-see place. A gathering of superb restaurants and a thriving shopping scene, coupled with great beaches less than an hour away, make holidays to Granada a top choice.
This Spanish city is awash with culture and history, while the more active pursuits of hiking and skiing are close at hand and the sands of the stunning Mediterranean coastline are only an hour away. So why choose, when you can have beaches, skiing and city skylines – all in the same week.
Granada sits at the foot of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range in the south-west of Spain. It has a hip and youthful vibe, which sits comfortably among the ancient relics of its Moorish past. The Alhambra crowns the city, and every visit should include a tour of this impressive palace. Indeed, many visitors to Granada simply pop in for a day trip to see this monument to royal riches, which started life as a fortress in the ninth century. They are missing out, though, as there’s much more to Granada than the Alhambra.
The city has a wonderful selection of charming hotels where the welcome is as warm as the Spanish sun. And once installed, you can check out the art of flamenco in a cosy bar or in the Sacromonte Caves, where you can (literally) feel the heat coming off the dancers; nibble at tasty tapas as you cool off in a back-street eatery; drop into tiny shops in the Albaycin – the Arab and Moorish quarter of the city; and sit in Plaza Nueva for a while to watch the people pass by.
When you’ve had your fill of the delights in the city itself, you can also take a trip to the Costa Tropical, which is within easy reach. While it doesn't draw the crowds of the nearby Costa del Sol, this stretch of coastline plays host to a good number of holiday resorts including Salobreña, La Herradura and Almuñecar.
To get your break in Granada under way, compare prices using our search tool here on TravelSupermarket.
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