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Beautiful region, beautiful town.
Granada's contrasting geography covers 12.500 km² and reaches vertiginous heights. The Penibética range, which is the highest in the Iberian Peninsula (Mulhacén peak reaches 3.478 metres) and the seaside cliffs are prime examples of this.
Granada also has landscapes that vary from the snow, to the sea, passing through the Alpujarra (with thermal baths in Lanjarón), and abundant forest. Almuñecar and Salobreña are outstanding seaside towns, whilst Motril and Castell de Ferro, or the extensive beaches of Albuñol and La Rábita, are not less noteworthy.
Many people are attracted to Andalusia because of its welcoming, warm climate.
Andalusia itself is a mixture of cultures - Carthaginians, Arabs, Romans and Barbarians - all have considered it their homeland. Besides its wonderful beaches and ports, there are a number of Islamic architectural monuments to visit, such as: la Alhambra de Granada, the gardens del Generalife, in Seville and the Cordoba Mosque.
Andalusia is known for the breeding of bulls and horses, for its wine, for the famous flamenco dance and its excellent sunny climate. El Andalus is the continental joint between Africa and Europe.
Gastronomy Andalusian cuisine has been inspired in equal measures by its climate and the numerous cultures that have established themselves there.
The land is well suited to growing olives and grapes. Indeed, it is home to sherry, one of the world’s oldest and most famous wines, the production of which thrives on the year round sunshine. Andalusia also created another excellent drink, Sangria, made from red wine and fruits that is excellent for quenching the thirst on hot summer days. It is also home to the famous gazpacho, a cold soup made of diced tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers in olive oil, vinegar and garlic, usually served with a sprinkling of croutons, which is again perfect for the local hot climate.
The region also has fine line in confectionery and pastry - an Arabic legacy - and a variety of dishes based on pork and ham. Frituras (servings of small fried fish) and stews are just some of the other items from a school of cooking that boasts a long and well-established tradition.
History Various Mediterranean peoples have inhabited Andalusia. The Phoenicians founded Gades (Cádiz) in 1100 B.C and introduced the concept of money. They also greatly influenced the language. After the Phoenicians came the Greeks, the Carthaginians and, of course, the Romans, three centuries before Christ, who founded the Bética uniting it to their empire and introducing Latin as the local language. Exports were mainly olive oil, wine and wheat. Two emperors, Trajan and Adrian came from Andalusia.
The Vandals arrived in the year 411 and established themselves at the doors of Guadalquivir, naming it: Vandalucía. The history of this region is intimately linked with the Moors (Arabs and Berbers) – who marched through Tarifa at the beginning of the 8th century and established themselves practically throughout the whole peninsula until the Catholic Kings expelled them, at the end of the 15th century.
Fiestas Holy Week has been officially declared a "Holiday of Interest to the Tourist" and is one of Granada's best festivities. On Wednesday of Holy Week, there is a procession called "Christ of the Gypsies" or "Christ of Sacromonte". Other processions of interest include the Procession of Silence held at midnight on Thursday of Holy Week, departing from the Church of San Pedro on the Carrera del Darro, and Procession of Las Angustias on Saturday of Holy Week. May 3rd is the Festival of Crosses, a very popular celebration. Crosses made of flowers are placed in the streets, while courtyards of the houses are also adorned.
Between May and June, the Corpus Christi Fair, the biggest festival in the city, is celebrated. Typical Andalusian dress is worn; horse–drawn carriages are used, and there is dancing at the stalls of the fair. The last Sunday in September is the Festival of the Virgen de las Angustias, patron saint of the city. Open–air dances, bullfights and processions are held.
Monuments Granada boasts one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe, the amazing palace-fortress of Alhambra. A must see site for anyone travelling to the area. However, the province has more to see and visit than just its monumental capital.
Activities Andalusia includes striking natural landscapes to explore such as the Sierra Nevada, where it is possible to ski and go to the beach all in the same day.
Boutique Hotels and Places to Stay in Andalusia Granada
- Apartamentos Muralla Ziri
- Carmen del Cobertizo
- El Ladrón de Agua
- Hospes Palacio de los Patos
- Palacio de los Navas
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