Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, at an altitude of 700 meters. It's a typical Andalusian city, but by its vibrant student life it's one of the trendiest in the region. The origin of the town dates back to the 8th century B.C., but it only became an important city when the Arabs captured the city in the 7th century A.D. For almost 800 years, they dominated the culture and architecture. In the 15th century, when the Catholics took over the city, Granada flourished and it was one of the richest cities in Europe.
Today you can still find all of these different influences in the streets. The Alhambra is undoubtedly one of the most important highlights. You can spend hours strolling around the small alleys between the white washed houses of the old Moorish Albaicin. It was once the residence of craftsmen and nobility.
Granada, and in particular the Alhambra, are worth a visit. A full day, including travel time, is needed.
TIP: The UNESCO organization has determined quotas for the number of visitors. It's recommended to purchase your tickets in advance during high season.
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