Granada is one of those must-see places in Spain, which if omitted makes every trip to Andalusia incomplete. For many, one of the main reasons for going to Granada is to lay their eyes on Alhambra, a stunning Moorish palace and citadel towering above the city. Although this relic of Spain’s long bygone Islamic past is a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage monument, it shouldn’t be the only reason to visit, as Granada has much more to offer.
Every conscientious visitor can’t forget about its sun-bathed squares and winding cobbled-stone streets of the Moorish medieval district of Albayzín, whose miradors (viewing points) offer truly amazing perspectives of the city.
For the more active, Granada offers picturesque hikes in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range, which surround the city.
And since we are in Andalusia, all culinary-lovers will be in heaven after having discovered the abundance of tasty and free tapas.
As you may expect, reading the title of this article, that’s not all… Although Granada is one of the oldest cities on the Iberian Peninsula, here tradition and modernity have merged to create a surprisingly well-matched couple. Here graffiti isn’t offensive, destructive and in bad taste; it’s quite the opposite. Granada’s street art is inspiring, attractive and nicely stands in opposition to the more traditional face of the city.
The best examples of creative street art can be found on Cuesta del Caidero street, which leads down the hill from La Alhambra in the Realejo – San Matias district, and in the Albayzín district.
written by: Ania
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