Come here for the green and shady landscaped gardens in the middle of the city. Head into town on Calle Ancha de Capuchinos, on your left you can visit Hospital Real and on your right is Fuente del Triunfo. When you reach the square, you'll find an 18th-century statue of the Virgin Mary. Turn left and walk through Plaza de la Merced, past the 16th-century Mudéjar-style San Ildefonso Church and up Cuesta de la Alhacaba to San Cristóbal viewpoint for views over the Moorish walls, fortified gates and the Albayzín itself.
You can see a great display of paintings by Max Moreau in this lovely setting. An old Moorish-style house in the Albayz where he lived and worked, has been converted into a gallery and museum. Along with the work he left to his favourite city, you can see his studio and find out about his private life and his love for Granada through an exhibition of personal photographs.
El Generalife gardens are the image of a paradise: cool and tranquil with abundant running water. That's what the architects wanted for the Nasrid Sultan in the 13th century, to complement his summer residence, since Granada is ferociously hot and dry in summer. Trees, hedges, bushes, plants and flowers were planted on the Alhambra hill and the river Darro was diverted upstream to provide a constant source of water to the complex. It's still the sort of place where you can spend a relaxing day, appreciating the patios, enclosed gardens, walkways, fountains and pools as well as the views over the Albayzín.
The aim of Andalusia's first interactive museum is to make learning fun, especially for children. In fact, there are 200 different educational activities to try. Instead of Do Not Touch signs you'll find that touching, playing and experimenting are encouraged. The four permanent exhibitions focus on the biosphere, eureka, perception and exploration. There's a planetarium and an observatory and temporary exhibitions too. The complex also has a conference room, cafe and shop.
This is a must-visit museum for all art-lovers. The Centro José Guerrero, named after the renowned Spanish artist, José Guerrero — known for his abstract paintings of expressionistic form — mainly aims at preserving his works of art. It is also a cultural hub in Granada for spreading awareness and values of contemporary art forms among students and other aspiring artists. The center regularly hosts art exhibitions and other cultural events such as dance and music shows, conferences and workshops. The center holds programs for toddlers to encourage them from an early age.
This masterpiece of Moorish architecture is one of the most inspiring set of buildings in Spain and is consequently the country's most visited historic site. A visual feast of intricate details, splendid courtyards and opulent ornaments, Alhambra is a place where artistic flourishes abound amid stately facades. The complex is made up of three parts: a fortress (Alcazaba), royal palaces (Alhambra) and a summer palace with luxuriant gardens (Generalife). The buildings date mainly from the 13th and 14th Centuries, after the Arabic Nasrid prince, Ibn al-Ahmar, made Granada an independent Moorish state. Each succeeding Nasrid ruler continued to beautify the royal palaces, combining wood, plaster, marble, brick and ceramic tiles with Arabic calligraphy, the scene enriched by tranquil waterways and babbling fountains amid landscaped gardens alive with birdsong.
For 20 years the internationally famous composer, Manuel de Falla lived and worked in this lovely old Moorish-style house in the Antequeruela district, on the eastern slopes of the Alhambra hill. It's fascinating to wander around the house that has been kept just as he left it before heading for exile in Argentina in 1939, to escape fascist Spain. You'll see the piano he used to compose some of his popular pieces, along with his books, manuscripts, photos and other personal items. Falla's work is always played during the International Festival of Music and Dance. The nearby concert hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, regularly puts on his work.
The whole of Andalusia is a breathtaking terrain: the Sierra Nevada mountains, the rivers and the green lands of Granada invite for some serious adventuring. Miguel Juliá Garrido decided to venture the Glovento Sur just for that. Glovento Sur gives you one of the most memorable times of your life, when you see the whole of Granada from up above, standing in a hot air balloon! The colorful balloons show you Granada's finest- the Alhambra, Sacromonte, the skull of Alzayzin, and the City's metro region. The sight is absolutely spell-binding, and the experience is one of the best. Glovento Sur should not be missed for the world!
Monasterio-Iglesia de San Jerónimo is one of Spain's hidden gems of Renaissance architecture, mainly the work of the prolific Diego de Siloe, who designed the convent with its elegant cloisters and the church as well. Once again it was the Catholic Monarchs who commissioned it and work began in 1504, although it was not completed until after their deaths. Isabel and Fernando's most successful general, Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba, better-known as "El Gran Capitan," and his wife, Maria de Manrique, were buried here. The sacristy and chapter house contain valuable works of religious art.
These Moorish gems sit in the heart of Alhambra, Spain's palace capital. The complex dates back to the thirteenth century and was the seat of the royal Nasrid dynasty. The site is an intricate maze that consists of well-preserved residences, courtyards, patios and pools. Apart from the aesthetic uniqueness of the structures, the architectural design is a fine example of Persian and Muslim confluence. From the Mexuar (only chambers that were open to the emir's subjects), the pristine Palacio de Comares to the grand Palacio de los Leones, each building bears a signature that signifies the opulence and cultural richness of the era. Every ticket to Alhambra comes with a half an hour slot for entry to the Palacios Nazaríes, and once inside you can stay for as long as you wish.