5 good reasons to go to Granada
To see / do
Culture and history
Built between the 16th and 18th centuries, Granada's cathedral is a testimony to Spanish dominance in Andalusia in the aftermath of the Reconquista. The ornate choir is exquisitely set between the white naves. The royal chapel backs on to the cathedral and is the final resting place of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, the kingdom's famous Catholic monarchs.
Wander around the Albaicín
With its pretty cobbled streets, dazzling white houses, gorgeous squares and bell towers, the city's old town, the Albaicín, is simply enthralling. This picturesque little neighbourhood is peaceful and relaxing, and is home to many churches and the mosque. The archaeology museum is a must-see for history buffs.
The Sacromonte district
Mix things up a bit by heading over to Sacromonte. This neighbourhood is full of caves and was once gypsy country. A handful of gypsies still live in the cave dwellings today. If you get the chance, pay a visit to the cuevas (caves) museum. An abbey awaits at the very top, with incredible views over Granada!
Andalusia is the spiritual home of all things flamenco. Immerse yourself in this thrilling musical tradition! For the best flamenco shows in town, the city's cultural centres and theatres (tablaos) often put on professional performances. Musicians often perform flamenco music in bars, with members of the public joining in.
Tapas bar crawls
Make like the Spanish and spend the evening hopping from tapas bar to tapas bar! This gives you the chance to try each establishment's different specialities. Perfect for sampling all the many different kinds of tapas available. Go for a contemporary bar or try something more traditional in a setting embellished with woodwork and azulejos.
Ajo blanco, Granada's very own chilled soup
Break away from classic tomato gazpacho and try some ajo blanco. This chilled soup is an explosion of rich flavour, a refreshing concoction made from almonds, garlic, breadcrumbs, milk or water, a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of vinegar. In Granada, ajo blanco is served with fruit like grapes or melon.
Tocino del cielo, Andalusia-style flan
The ultimate Andalusian dessert, tocino del cielo looks like a standard flan. But with a twist! Tocino del cielo is made using egg yolks only, resulting in a lighter texture according to some. Judge for yourself: tocino del cielo is a staple on many restaurant menus. When served up in small portions, it's called tocinillo del cielo.
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