The Alhambra is the second most visited tourist site in Spain, after the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Its meaning comes from the classic Arabic term “rojez”. This was due to the fact that when it was built, the works were carried out at night and with the light of the torches, the red colour of these was appreciated.
History of the Alhambra
The Alhambra is located in a strategic place of the city on a hill of difficult access. It was a place protected by the mountains and the surrounding forest and surrounded by the river Darro.
The Ziries monarchs were in charge of building the Alhambra in the year 1238.
The Alhambra became a Christian court in the year 1492 when the Catholic Monarchs conquered Granada. Later, several structures were built to house prominent citizens, military barracks, a church and a Franciscan monastery.
Sierra Nevada is a unique environment in the peninsula. It is a protected park that combines beauty and ecological relevance. It is also one of the highest peaks of the peninsula. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1986.
We can find different villages immersed in the natural environment, which preserve traditions and where you can enjoy nature and silence.
Ski resort of Sierra Nevada
The ski resort is located in the western part of the Sierra Nevada National Park, which is both a Natural Park and a Biosphere Reserve. Lovers of winter sports will find this the best place to enjoy.
Beaches of Granada
In Granada you can also enjoy the coast and its beaches. Here are three of the best:
Playa del Peñón de Salobreña (Salobreña):
Located in the town of Salobreña, a small typical Andalusian village with white houses, alleys and some tourist attractions such as the castle. It is one of the most popular destinations for holidays.
The beach has 1850 metres of coarse sand. Its blue and transparent waters gently caress the Peñón, a small island linked to the beach by a strip of land.
Calahonda Beach (Motril):
1200 meters long counts the urban beach of Calahonda in Motril. The type of sand is dark and thick, while its blue and crystalline waters have recently made it possible to win the Blue Flag, a prize awarded by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).
Cantarriján Beach (Almuñecar):
This small beach (only 380 meters long) is located in the Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Park. The beach of Cantarriján is located 79 km from the city of Granada.
It has fine and coarse sand, while its waters are crystal clear and serene, allowing diving to be one of the main activities, thanks also to the ban on fishing.