Lay of the Land
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Andalucía, Granada is known for its medieval architecture, which is left over from the Moorish occupation of Spain. The town is particularly famous for its Alhambra, the main attraction for most visitors, but the city has much more to offer. One of the most important areas to visit is Albaicín, the Moorish area of the city and one of its oldest sections. Crumbling remains of the city’s wall from the 11th century are still visible, allowing visitors to feel completely immersed in the city’s history while wandering through its streets.
Realejo, the former Jewish quarter of the city, is tucked into the hill under the Alhambra and is home to Campo de Principe and its many restaurants and bars. Visitors tend to spend the most time in the city’s Bib-Rambla/Centro area, which draws the most crowds and offers restaurants and cafés, lively bars and decent shopping.
Granada is great for intrepid explorers who are comfortable with its low-key vibe, which is even more apparent here than in other Spanish towns. The city is best discovered with a loose itinerary, one that encourages relaxing at local cafés with complimentary tapas and wine (an activity beloved by Granada locals).
Granada has both an airport and train station, which makes it easy to visit in combination with other Spanish cities. Visitors can also drive from Seville, with a stop en route in Cordoba.