Sierra Nevada, Granada and the surrounding areas
Much more than a mountain
If anything distinguishes Sierra Nevada from the rest of the peninsular resorts, it is the range of tourist options that the visitor finds close at hand. The “Vega de Granada”, the “Poniente” towns, the “Costa Tropical” and, above all, the monumental city of Granada are within a half hour of the mountain of the sun. And in just 90 minutes we reach the bright Mediterranean beaches, finding more than half a dozen golf courses along the way.
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Just a 30-minute drive from Sierra Nevada is the monumental city of Granada, a land imbued with ancient history with a rich artistic and cultural heritage bequeathed by Muslims (the Alhambra, the Albayzín quarter and the rich and varied cuisine of the land) and Christians (Cathedral and Royal Chapel).
The variety of artistic styles, quality of musical and theatrical activities, as well as the rich traditions that its inhabitants keep make culture one of the hallmarks of the province, and its biggest tourist attraction.
The monumentality of the favourite city of the Catholic Monarchs can be seen in impressive buildings such as the Cathedral, the symbol of Christianity in Granada, which marks an excellent place to start a walk through the heart of the city. Next to it is the Royal Chapel, pantheon of kings, and a little further down is the monastery of San Jeronimo, Renaissance jewel of the first order.
The centre of Granada is also characterized by a lively buzz, with its streets filled with shops and numerous tapas bars. Its highlights are the Alcaicería, the ancient silk market, and the Bib-Rambla Square.
Alhambra and Generalife
The monuments of the Alhambra, created over more than six hundred years by cultures as diverse as Muslim, Renaissance and Romantic, deserve a separate chapter. The view of the gardens of the Alhambra, the sound of the breeze in the trees together with the sounds of water, remove us from everyday noise and our walk becomes a unique experience.
Costa Tropical of Granada
Dozens of beaches and small coves of crystalline waters. 320 days of sunshine a year. An average annual temperature of 20 degrees. These are the credentials of the “Costa Tropical”, 73 kilometres of coastline along the Granada province. Its name comes from the exceptionally good weather during all seasons of the year, which over the course of two centuries allowed it to become the only place in Europe where subtropical fruits, such as mango, custard apple, avocado and papaya are grown. These names evoke exotic flavours and places, but are nevertheless specific to one of the most privileged corners of Andalucía.
The corner between Europe and Africa and the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea has been coveted throughout the centuries by many cultures since time immemorial.
The Andalusian territory represents 17.3% of Spain, with 87,268 square kilometres of surface and by extension more surface area than countries such as Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria or Switzerland.
The diversity of the landscapes ranges from the warm Guadalquivir valley to the leafy middle mountain ranges, through volcanic landscapes such as the Tabernas desert and the white peaks of Sierra Nevada. The Guadalquivir river is a source of life on its journey across the Andalusian territory. The Andalusian coast, almost 900 km in length, hosts a number of towns and beaches which are the delight of all who visit.
If, in addition to enjoying the tourist and cultural attractions of Granada, you want to practice your swing or play a few holes during your stay in Sierra Nevada, the province gives you a choice of three golf courses, two of them in close proximity to the capital city, and another in Motril on the “Costa Tropical”.