It’s all about tapas, tradition and a palace-cum-fortress on sun-soaked holidays to Granada.

City breaks to Granada

The city of Granada has an intriguing history – having been conquered by the likes of Iberians and Romans, it’s got a hotch-potch heritage. And you’ll be able to spot nods to the city’s past throughout your stay, in the architecture, the preserved ruins and the food. The best place to sample some local life is Plaza Nueva, in the heart of the city. There’s a huge cathedral, a food market, shopping streets, and loads of tapas bars. You can also pass an afternoon by walking around the quaint houses and watching the street performers. Plus, Granada has a few must-see sightseeing spots, like Granada Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, and The Bañuelo – better known as the Arab baths.

The Jewel of Granada

The city’s cultural hot spot is The Alhambra – it was once a royal palace, doubling as a fortress, and today is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture. The whole complex is made up of palaces, gardens and a fortress, and there are more than two million visitors a year. Be sure to climb the fortress watch tower – it’s the highest point in the city, with the best panoramic views of Granada.

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    • Visit the ancient Alhambra complex
    • Watch traditional flamenco dancing in a converted cave
    • Sample some tasty Spanish tapas

    Best time to go to Granada

    Summertime in landlocked Granada is much hotter than other Spanish destinations along the coastline, often reaching the early thirties. This makes spring and autumn popular times to visit, as temperatures are more comfortable for exploring, averaging in the mid-to-late teens. Plus, the months between February and May are typically the driest.

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