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Granada Hotels / Photo
Gallery of Granada and the Alhambra
Alhambra, Jewel of the Spanish Past by Timothy Tye
La Alhambra, whose name
means "The Red" in Arabic, is the most beautiful representation of Moorish
architecture in the world. It is a palace and fortress complex on the hills
of Sabika, overlooking the city of Granada, in southern Spain. The Alhambra,
Generalife and the Medieval Moorish enclave of Albayzín are recognised
by Unesco since 1994 as World Heritage Sites. At the time it was built,
Alhambra was known as Al-Andalus. Alhambra occupies a hilly terrace on
the southeastern edge of Granada. Although it used to be the residence
of the Muslim rulers of Granada, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V also
built a palace in the Renaissance style and placed it within the Alhambra
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and Beyond by Edward Kirwan
|Granada, in the east of
Andalusía, is a city steeped in Moorish tradition. The Alhambra
Palace which was recently short listed as a Seventh Wonder of the new world,
is truly wondrous but there is so much more to see and do.
The last stronghold of the
Arabic/Moorish kings, Granada has retained and celebrates much of its ancient
history. A bustling city, it happily combines the old with the new. It
can be enjoyed largely on foot using the Gran Via as your central point.
Stroll in the tranquil Gardens of Triunfo, gaze at the Hospital Real and
the Carthusian Monastery. Take in the glorious Gothic style Royal Chapel
and renaissance Cathedral where Isabel and Ferdinand are entombed. You
will be sure to find an eatery to your liking among the many atmospheric
restaurants, cafes and bars. Happily, unlike much of modern Spain, Granada's
bars still offer generous free tapas.
The old Moorish Quarter,
the Albaycin, offers narrow shaded streets and is an ideal maze to explore.
From the Plaza Larga you can take a stroll along the walls of the Alcazaba
de Cadima to the main ancient gateway, the Puerta de Elvira. From Saint
Cristobel Mirador de San Nicholas you can gaze upon the Alhambra and the
Sierra Nevada beyond..
The Alhambra is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and marks the beginning of the Nasrid Dynasty, under
Mohammed Ibn Alhamar in the 11th Century. It graciously overlooks the city
of Granada and the vast surrounding lands. This great fortress-cum-palace
is easily accessible by car, bus or for the stouter among us, on foot.
No visit to Granada is complete without experiencing the magnificent Royal
Palace and the Genaralife's well kept gardens.
Granada also acts as a centre
for visiting the Sierra Nevada some 75km distant. The area offers full
winter sports facilities, walking tours, cycling, horse trekking and many
more activities besides. This is truly an adventurer's paradise. The ancient
whitewashed villages of the Alpujarras, famed recently for the Lanjaron
water and Chris Stewart's "Driving over Lemons", lie to the southeast.
Among these, Trevelez lays claim to being the highest village in all of
From Granada it is possible
to ski in the morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon. If this is
for you, head south to the lesser known Costa Tropical, an hour's drive
away. It has quiet sandy coves and beaches stretched along the craggy coastline
between the Almeria and Malaga provincial borders. Many of these beaches
are barely accessible by car but well worth the effort of reaching them.
Among these are large, dedicated naturist's areas.
For those that like to take
things a little easier, La Herradura (meaning "horseshoe"), Almuncecar,
with all popular facilities, Salobrena, with its castle and Motril for
its easy yet working town demeanor are all worth visiting.(forget visiting
the port). For sailors and scuba-divers the well maintained and expanding
Marina del Este (between Almunecar and La Herradura) provides excellent
facilities in a secluded and tranquil setting.
Venturing away from the Mediterranean
and to the east of Granada, lies the intriguing troglodyte town of Gaudix.
Having sandstone as a natural resource, half the town's population live
in caves. And yes, you can stay there. To the northwest lies the old fortified
town of Moclin with its magnificent views, one of the last Moorish strongholds
before Granada fell to the Christians in 1495. Further afield, to the southeast
you can enjoy the relaxing spas of Alhama de Granada.
Granada is easily accessible
by air from its newly upgraded international airport to the west of the
city. The modern road infrastructure allows easy access to your destination
by car or bus. Granada both ancient and modern is there to be enjoyed.
Granada Hotels / Photo
Gallery of Granada and the Alhambra
About the Author: Edward
Kirwan resides in Southern Spain and is co-founder of Finca
Coach Excursion from Seville Enjoy a full day excursion to
Granada from Seville. Guided tour of The ALHAMBRA, the ROYAL PALACE, ALCAZABA
and the surroundings...more...
Historic Quarter Walking Tour A combination of walking and
bus tour to show you all the historical side of the city of granada. Visiting
the Cathedral, Royal Chapel, Albayzin Quarter and...more...
Cave Homes and Old Quarter A private tour to Guadix, where
almost half of the inhabitants live underground. Here we will visit the
"Barrio Troglodyte" to see the Cave homes. Then visit the Moorish Castle
& old quarter of the village…more...
Granada Coach Tour On this half day coach tour you will see
historic Granada. We will visit site such as Royal Chapel, the cathedral,
Granada Reyes Catholics, Albaycin quarter...more...
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Los Angeles & Spa, Granada
The Hotel Los Angeles &
Spa is housed in a six-storey terracotta-coloured building with panoramic
views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, located in the historic centre of
Granada, two kilometres from the Alhambra Palace. The 122 guestrooms have
a traditional Spanish decor in different colour schemes with some featuring
solid dark wood furniture and parquet floors. All open onto balconies with
views of the Alhambra or the mountains, and are equipped with cable television,
dial-up internet connections, direct-dial phones and bathrooms with showers.
Diners can enjoy authentic Spanish cooking in the fourth-floor restaurant,
which offers panoramic views over historic Granada and the mountains.
Santa Isabel la Real, Albaizyn, Granada
hotel is a restored house from the XVI century. It is situated on the main
street of the historical neighbourhood of the Albaizyn (Granada), five
minutes walking distance from the city centre. It is surrounded by
gardens and different monuments such us the Monastery of Santa Isabel la
Real, the palace of Dar-Al Horra and the San Miguel Bajo church. The hotel
is also very near the beautiful views from San Nicolas, San Cristobal and
la Lona. There is an enclosed parking lot and a bus stop near the
hotel. The bus goes to the city centre and to the Alhambra every 5-10 minutes.
The building has 11 rooms distributed on 3 floors, a patio, a terrace,
a sitting room and a breakfast room. Most of the rooms are outward
facing and have very nice views, while others overlook a typical Southern-Andalucian
Villa Sur, Húetor Vega, Granada
Hotel Villa Sur is a beautiful "Villa" in the traditional Andalusian style
set in a privileged location. There is a small number of spacious rooms
with a balcony or terrace. These rooms have a fully-equipped bathroom,
hairdryer, scales, welcome kit, a minibar, safe, alarm clock, telephone,
ADSL line, satellite TV, heating and air conditioning. In addition
to this there are lounges with different atmospheres as well as landscaped
areas, a solarium terrace with a Jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool and
parking spaces. Villa Sur is 3 km away from the centre of Granada,
next to Húetor Vega with direct access to the city's ring road (Ronda
Sur, exit 3). The most characteristic locations such as the Alhambra, the
Royal Chapel, the Cathedral, the Sierra Nevada (Natural Park and Ski resort),
the Alpujarra and the Costa Tropical are easily accessible.
Palacio de Los Patos, Granada
in the heart of Granada, this hotel is close to Fuentes de las Batallas,
Granada Cathedral, as well as San Jeronimo Monastery. Other attractions
include Alhambra. The Hospes Palacio de los Patos is situated in a 19th-classic
century palace with an uncompromising modern design scheme. A culinary
offering in search of the authentic: natural, genuine and healthful products
and ingredients selected for their immediacy and freshness. These goods
are then prepared with innovative culinary technique and a daring conception
of the dishes. The Bodyna Palacio de los Patos has areas for massages and
spa treatments, as well as a sauna and a steam bath.
of Granada, Alhambra, Granada
a night in the gardens of the Alhambra, among fountains, trees and large
arched windows is the exclusive opportunity offered by this Parador, a
former convent built by decision of the Catholic Monarchs. This monumental
ensemble proposes placid walks around the city for the guest, although
the building itself invites you to discover a dreamlike interior, where
Arabic and Christian styles mix. Its bedrooms offer exceptional views
of the Generalife, the Secano gardens and the Albaicín, while the
classical furniture and numerous portraits mark the decoration of the interior
rooms. Under the coffered ceiling of the dining room and the freshness
of the summer terrace 'gazpacho andaluz' (cold tomato soup), 'tortilla
de Sacromonte' (omelet) and 'piononos de Santa Fe' (typical sponge caked
soaked in liqueur) are offered.