Alhambra hill over Granada. On the right is the Alcazaba fortress and military quarters. On the left is the Nasrid Palace where the most spectacular decor is to be found – inside. And on the far left, out of view are the Generalife gardens. Photo by Jebulon.
Puerta del Elvira, downtown. Photo by Paul Hermans.
This was the last stronghold of the Moors who had captured most of Spain’s peninsula (with the exception of the far north) in the eighth century. During the next 800 years, off and on, a group of Christian monarchs battled to regain the land. This period was known as ‘La Reconquista’ and gradually the Christians overcame the Moors, defeating all but the rulers of Granada by 1238. In 1492 King Boabdil finally surrendered to the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella and Granada became Christian again.
A traditionally decorated home in Granada. Photo by Jebulon.
The hilly Albaicin district is the next tourist objective after visting the Alhambra hill. Albaicin encompasses not only a cluster of narrow and atmospheric Moorish streets, shops and houses that are a World Heritage Site, but also a fine archeological museum displaying artefacts from the eons of previous inhabitants. In addition the strolling tourist may come across the ruins of an Arab hammam bath house, some interesting restaurants and bars and a stunning viewpoint beside the church of St. Nicholas over to the Alhambra complex.
Granada also houses a good university so you can guarantee that there will be plenty of cheap eats and drinks available as well as a buzzing night life. .