Granada is declared “Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO and is framed in a unique historical, artistic and geographical environment. It is the the third most visited city in Spain and has attractions known worldwide like the Alhambra, the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighbourhoods, Sierra Nevada and the Tropical coast.
Granada is a city devoted to its distinguished university, since nearly a quarter of its 250,000 inhabitants are students. The University of Granada was founded in the 16th century by the Emperor Charles V, the most European Spanish king.
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University parties attract around 60,000 students, who create a wonderful atmosphere to exchange cultures as well as a cosmopolitan spirit for the city. Granada means life, joy and crowd in the bars and pubs of the busiest places in the city, like the students area in Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, the family-friendly area Campo del Príncipe, the joyful Plaza Nueva square and the exotic Calderería, with its wonderful tea shops full of Eastern scents and flavours.
Granada is one of the cradles of flamenco, being the zambra the most typical dance and music of the Sacromonte neighbourhood. Another important place in the Albaicín neighbourhood is “Peña de la Platería” (the oldest flamenco club in Spain), where significant and popular local flamenco stars make their debut. This neigbourhood full of narrow streets and bustling squares is an animate place that keeps an ancient essence which gives it a strong personality enhanced by the beautiful houses with big gardens called cármenes, the numerous monuments and, above all, the incomparable viewpoints where you can contemplate Granada, the Alhambra or “the most beautiful sunsets in the world” according to Bill Clinton.
Granada is the capital city of a province full of singular and diverse tourist richness: the ski station in Sierra Nevada (32 km from Granada); a mild climate, wonderful beaches and fruits from the Tropical Coast; valleys and villages in the remote Alpujarra; the classical beauty of Guadix and the emotional impact of “pueblos del Marquesado”; the war and romantic traces of the last Al-Andalus borderland in the western villages of the province; and the memories of the cavern days in the typical “cave-houses” of villages which seem an oasis in the huge highlands of the province.
Granada is a must-see destination for its streets, monuments, restaurants, shops and charming environment. Getting to know the people from Granada, the tapas in its bars and the charm of this old and young city is a worthy experience.
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