Granada and the Alhambra
Granada is easily accessible from your Lecrín Valley holiday villa and makes an ideal day’s outing during your stay in Restábal. Situated on the north-western side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is home to the famous Alhambra Palace and gardens. The old Moorish neighbourhoods of the Albaicín, with its steep, winding, narrow streets and of Sacromonte, with its cave houses, perch on a hill opposite the Alhambra.
What to See in Granada
A large choice of cultural activities awaits the visitor to Granada and its province, including music, dance, theatre, exhibitions and museums. Don’t miss the exceptional International Festival of Music and Dance – each year in June/July. Historical monuments of all sizes and styles abound all over the province. You’ll find ancient ruins, castles, fortresses, nobles’ palaces and mansions, churches and cathedrals.
Don’t miss the imposing Cathedral. The Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabel are buried in the Royal Chapel. Marvel at the Carthusian (Cartuja) Monastery, one of the finest examples of the Spanish baroque style. See the Monastery of San Jerónimo, the first to be built after the reconquest of the city by the Christians.
The Alhambra Palace
The Alhambra Palace, “the red one” in arabic, is the second most visited monument in Spain. Built on Sabika Hill, the old Moorish fortress rises above Granada with the Sierra Nevada mountains behind to the south-east. Probably constructed over Roman remains as a small fortress in 9th c. like many others around the province. Fallen into ruins for several hundred years, Al-Ahmar the founder of the Nasrid Dynasty re-built it in 13th. century, much as we know it now. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel; the residence of the Nasrid Sultans and top government officials, court servants and the royal guard. Today the monument continually undergoes restoration work, returning the intricate decorative work and architecture to its original state, wherever possible. The visit includes the Nasrid palaces as well as the Carlos V Palace and the Generalife Palace – on the left.
Albaicín, Sacromonte & Realejo
For a very special experience, wander into Plaza Nueva. Cross this imposing square until you reach the Carrera del Darro, a narrow street lined with beautiful old mansions, leading you to the Albaicín and Sacromonte. The Mirador San Nicolas is a must see in the Albaicín. It’s here that you get the best view over the Alhambra. Magical at sunset with the snow topped peaks of Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. After visiting the Cathedral in the Centro, visit the tiny but fascinating botanical garden. Discover the old Jewish quarter of el Realejo and its newly restored square, Campo del Principe.
Skilled artisans still design and create unique objects, especially relevant is Taracea, Granadino inlay work. This ancient craft is now only found in Granada and Damascus. Look out for the Fajalauza pottery, of Arab origin, still made in family run potteries. Discover the beautiful guitars designed and handmade in small workshops in the old part of the city. Between the Plaza Bib-Rambla and the Cathedral visit La Alcaiceria and browse in the small, colourful shops of this old Arab market.
Food & Drink
Try an aromatic arab tea with delicious little cakes in one of the many teterias. Looking for local produce? Near the Cathedral, the San Agustín Market has become a gourmet destination, offering quality products from all over the province of Granada. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and churros on the Bib-Rambla Square, the city’s main hub. Last, but by no means least, take a tapas route, go from bar to bar and get a tapa with each drink. The main tapas streets are Calle Navas and Calle Elvira but wherever you turn you tapa!