Granada’s ancient Muslim quarter. The origin of modern Granada, under Iberian and later Roman rule, the Albayzin owes its form to the Arab age, during which it became residence to kings and the royal court, as much during the Ziri emirate as on occasion during the Nazari age..
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1989, it is, in itself, a monument.
Many different people have lived in its streets and thus have given this quarter an interesting cultural fusion.
On the route through this Granada neighbourhood we will come across the churches of San Cristóbal and San Bartolomé, and their respective wells. These are not the only ones we will find; there is also the Well of San Luis and the well in the plaza del Salvador, located at the beginning of the Cuesta de Chapiz. We will also see the wells of las Tomasas and el Rey, which is the oldest in all of Granada. The Albayzin wall hails from the Nazari age. It was erected in the second half of the 14th century to defend the neighbourhoods on the San Cristóbal hill – the Albayzin and the AlbaydaIba. It runs from the Puerta de Guadix, the end of the modern day Paseo de los Tristes, passing through San Miguel Alto, the Fajalauza gateway, Postigo de San Lorenzo until reaching the Puerta de Elvira. We will also find the Casa Morisca de Yanguas and the churches of el Salvador, built in the Mudejar style in the 16th century on top of the old Mezquita Mayor, the main mosque of the Albayzin. We will finish the route with the Torreón and the Aljibe de Bibalbonud, the Mirador de San Nicolás and the Puerta de Hizna Román.
Visiting the Albayzin quarter is a one-of-a-kind experience that only Granada could offer you, where every corner tells a tale of history, poetry and art… It is the only place in the world that has such impressive views of the Alhambra.
The Alhambra is an Andalusian palatine city in Granada. Etymologically speaking, Alhambra in Arabic means "Al Hamra", coming from the full name "Qal'at al-hamra" (Red Fortress).
One legend tells about the puerta de la Justicia in regards to the construction of the Alhambra. The dedication in the construction of the Alhambra has always been talked about, as much about the decorative aspects as the architecture. It is said that its construction was so strong that even when attacked by a thousand enemy armies, it never fell. So, according to legend, the day the keystone of the interior arch of the Puerta de la Justicia meets the foot of its outer arch, meaning if it were to fall, it would be the end of the world.
The Alhambra is a beautiful group of buildings and gardens. The lush tree groves provide a pleasant shade and freshness that is enhanced by the abundant waters that run through its creeks. The enclosure of the Palace is formed by beautiful rectangular patios and numerous fountains, as well as the Nazari buildings that served as dwellings for the kings and their servants. The oldest building is the Alcazaba. One of the most important constructions is the Vela tower, which offers one of the most astounding views of the Alhambra. The patio of the Leones and its fountain is one of the most beautiful patios in the Alhambra.
It is, in itself, an architectural achievement without rival in the entire world, having recently been near induction as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Almuñécar is located approximately 84km south of Granada, 35 minutes motorway drive. It's the tourist capital of the Costa Tropical, counting a 19km coastline, with 26 beaches.
The name Costa Tropical is not based on chance, but rather to the fact that here the sun shines longer than anywhere else in Europe. Winters are short and long lasting summers often go smoothly on into spring and autumn. However, weather in Almuñecar is quite varied. The pleasant sea breeze makes otherwise sweltering heat comfortably bearable, whilst the mountain range along the coast protects the are from winter cold. The Mediterranean sea itself acts as a thermostat so sudden temperature changes are non existing. In conclusion, temperatures are mild and moderate.
The town has been a coveted spot for many people since ancient time because of its unique micro-climate, making for its name Costa Tropical. In the winter, temperatures rarely fall below 10°C or 12ºC, with an average 18ºC. In summer, the average temperature rises to 25°C, and exceeds 30ºC at noon, but not to worry, because the sea breeze alleviates the heat.
There is a wide range of sea related activities right at hand: anything from scuba diving courses, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, to jet skis or sailing trips along the coast. It also has a marina for moorings rentals or sailboat rentals.
Almuñécar's cuisine counts a full range of seafood dishes as well as locally grown produce. The Mediterranean Sea, on Almuñécar shore, provides most appreciated food products making Almuñecar cuisine one of the best in the region as well as one of its distinctive trademarks.
All kinds of fish, seasoned with olive oil, with side dishes of fresh vegetables are a treat to all those who come to this town to enjoy its heavenly beaches, its rich heritage and nature. A large range of first rate fresh fish can be bought at the market such as grouper, sea bass, bream, snapper, sea bream, steanbrass, eels, etc., with which you can prepared traditional regional dishes such as moragas, dogfish with potatoes, fish soup, tuna fish with onions, fried and grilled fish or seafood.
Also not to be missed are some exotic tropical fruits such as the custard apple, Almuñécar being one of the top international producers, but also avocado, mango, papaya, loquat and guava, fundamental elements in the region's gastronomy. This allows for tasty dishes all year round: delicious dishes such as soup, arroz caldoso (rice soup), stews, marinaded fish, as well as barbecues, fried fish and traditional spitted sardines.
The peacefulness in its small white towns, the five natural parks in the province and the Sierra Nevada National Park make Granada a paradise for those who are looking for rest, tranquillity, and a connection with nature during their vacation.
It is one of the most unique regions in all of Europe. The beauty of its incredible landscapes has captivated numerous artists and writers for centuries. It is, arguably, the area that has been the inspiration of the largest number of travel books.
The physical environment of the Alpujarra, Sierra Nevada, has been declared part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO – the Natural Park and National Park above all for its endemic botany and its unique ecoculture.
These are just a few of the reasons why we recommend you to visit, but if you do, you are sure to find much more that you will never forget.
Bubión is located in the heart of Sierra Nevada,in the beautiful Poqueira Ravine, at an altitude of 1,350 m above sea level and about 78 km from Granada. Together with 2 towns nearby-- Capileira and Pampaneira, they have been declared a Historical Artistic Complex.
It gives you stunning views, and its vicinity with Mediterranean Sea provides, even in winter, mild weather. On clear days you can see both the Mediterranean Sea and Sierra Nevada from the same spot.
A typical Alpujarra village, with only 376 inhabitants, its streets and houses built by the Arabs have been preserved to our times by the inhabitants of Bubión. With countless fountains that can be found nearly in every street, houses with flat roofs and prominent chimney pots, it makes the travelers feel that they are in a privileged corner of the world.
A walk through this dream town fills your lung with the pure air of the fields and hillsides, where animals and greenery fill up the panorama . Glorious nature in its essence!
Strolling through the historic center of Bubión you will find cobbled streets full of flowers, fountains that give us clean water from Sierra Nevada; it leaves a feeling of great beauty and tranquility in any adventurous heart.
In Bubión two festivals are held annually to honor the town's patron, Saint Sebastian, and patron San Antonio Abad. The first festival is held in January. The latter is held in summer in the last weekend of August.
Also famous are its delicious hams and cured meat. The Alpujarra Almond soup is also one remarkable dish, along with other regional typical dishes as meat in sauce or oven baked "choto", all washed down by local "vinos".
The Moorish architecture, the peace and tranquility of the environment and a pleasant Mediterranean climate have made of Bubión an ideal for those seeking an alternative way of sightseeing.
Calahonda: A typical seaside town with towering cliffs and a beautiful beach known for it’s depth – hence the name “Calahonda”. The waters here are very conducive to water sports like scuba diving and windsurfing. There is also a small and picturesque natural harbour where you can still find people fishing at dawn. You will also find the “Torre de Calahonda or Farill”. Built in the seventeenth century as a watchtower and later used in the nineteenth century as a beacon to guide ships approaching the coast.
Calahonda enjoys a privileged location which makes it an attractive tourist population. It has a well equipped beach and contrasting beach. You will find some urban areas with all the tourist services and other areas of virgin sand.
A walk along the beaches of Calahonda takes you to the ruins of Castle Carchuna. It is a structure built by the Christians in the late seventeenth century as a defensive fortification.
Another marvel of the Tropical coast of Granada.
Capileira, (the name has Latin origin--"capitellum" summits), part of the Historic-Artistic Set, has the essential architectural characteristics of the traditional Alpujarra villages.
Capileira is a must-see in the Alpujarras region. Enjoy the splendid scenery of lush vegetation and spectacular views. Ideal location to start excursions, with precautions, to the peaks of Veleta and Mulhacen or to the gorge. From the scenic points, you can see the neighboring towns, Sierra Nevada, and on clear days, some African and Mediterranean summits.
The town center retains full traditional Alpujarra architecture style and is divided into three districts. The flat-roofed white houses give way to steep, winding cobbled streets. The inhabitants of Capileira have a scrupulous respect for the environment throughout the history, which makes this town an ideal place to enjoy nature. Scenic points offer spectacular views of the Lújar and Contraviesa mountain ranges. The most recommended one are: the Tajo del Diablo, over the vertex of Pampaneira; and El Perchel, with its typical Alpujarra's construction. The most impressive is the viewpoint of the Junta de los Rios, located on the southern tip of the left side of the ravine.
Using Arabic styled ovens, the cuisine of Capileira is magnificent. Freshly-baked bread, perfect for dipping and to accompany the traditional Alpujarra's dishes such as potatoes “a lo pobre”, fried egg, ham, chorizo and "morcilla". The hunting meat is always present in the local diet. Another of its traditional recipes are the "choto capilurrio" and fennel stew. There are also delicious cured ham.
Capileira's tradition and culture are well-preserved through centuries. Above all, its way of seeing life and living it completely opposite to the frantic and stressful pace today in the big cities. It is a pretty town with friendly pace, popular among visitors seeking beauty of the nature. Capileira has many good restaurants, bars and shops to buy all kinds of handicrafts, gifts, locally made sausages...etc.
It is worthwhile to stroll through every small streets and corners. There is always something to surprise you, a balcony full of flowers, an old narrow street, a fountain surrounded by geraniums, a viewpoint ...
Cenes de la Vega
Cenes de la Vega is located in the central area of the province. Only 5 km from the city of Granada (very near to the Alhambra) and lying on the side of a hill on the bank of the river Genil. With an integrated urban transport connecting Cenes to Granada city (bus line number 33).
During the weekends Cenes is one of the favorite destinations for both Granadians and tourists. Visitors enjoy the environment surrounded by vast pine forests, chestnut, walnut and fruit trees. The beauty of the landscape is unforgettable.
In any of the many bars or restaurants that in the area, visitors will have the opportunity to taste the most exquisite Andalusian dishes such as: San Antón pot, fried beans with ham, choto with garlic, Easter casserole, bread crumbs fried with peppers, hot porridge and morcilla with onion.
Cenes de la Vega is only 20 minutes drive from Sierra Nevada , at an altitude of 741 meters above sea level.
For its historical and artistic heritage, Cenes de la Vega has its parish church dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. In this county, archaeological remains have been found which are believed to be a Moorish cemetery.
Some other places of interest in Cenes are: Acuaola Water Park, an excellent choice for summer days; the popular Fountain of Plate and Cenes Gorge—a beautiful natural setting where cave houses have been excavated in the middle slopes of the ravine. It is a popular attraction and also a place to enjoy close contact with nature.
Cenes is a very quiet place to relax, surrounded by fields and with beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada.
A dynamic city, Granada has a historic centre with a great variety of architectures from different periods, which makes it a great attraction for the visitor… from the large avenues to the long side streets that run through the city, its streets are the perfect setting for large firms as well as smaller businesses where the owners surprise us with vanguard designs. We can enjoy endless stops on a culinary tour of the city with something for everyone, even those with the most refined of palates.
There are plenty of museums and monuments situated in this part of the city – the Cathedral, considered the first Renaissance church in Spain and one of the greatest exponents of this artistic order. The Catholic Kings mandated its construction in 1492 and it was originally based on the gothic model of the Toledo Cathedral. In the Royal Chapel, which houses the remains of D. Fernando de Aragón and Dª Isabel de Castilla, Dª. Juana I and D. Felipe I and prince Miguel…we find a deep historic and human sentiment and recognize its religious importance, expressed with rich artistry: architecture, sculpture, paintings, gold and silverworks, tapestries... all expressed in three styles: gothic, renaissance, and baroque.
You can visit the temple and its architecture and decoration, the royal mausoleums, and the crypt, the main altarpiece, the fenceline, the altarpieces and the baroque sculptures.
Centre - Realejo
Situated at the foot of the Alhambra facing southeast, the Realejo retains the mesh of maze-like streets from its time.
Even before the arrival of the Moors in the 8th century, the Jews had their citadel on the left edge of the Darro river. The city identified itself with the Jews in such a way that the Moors called it "Garnata al-Yahud", Granada of the Jews. When the Christians captured the city, they destroyed the Jewish quarter and renamed it El Realejo, since it had been taken for the Crown.
The most important public space of the quarter is the Campo del Principe, created by the Catholic Kings to celebrate the wedding party of their son Juan. The Campo del Principe is a hotspot for nightlife, as it is filled up with tables from the many taverns that surround it.
In the Realejo, we will find many interesting buildings such as El Carmen de Los Mártires, El Auditorio and the museum of Manuel de Falla, as well as the Fundación Rodriguez Acosta or Las Torres Bermejas, among others. This is the quarter favoured by the literary, explorers, painters, and artists of every period in which to live at some point in their life. This environment has left an imprint on the Realejo where everyone that passes through its streets can sense the diverse background any day of the week. And of course, it is also where you must go to try the Tapas, and let the chefs surprise you.
Güéjar Sierra is part of the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada and is located at its northwest side.
Located 1,084 m above sea level and with proximity to both the magnificent landscapes of the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada and to Granada city, which is only 16 km away, converted Güéjar Sierra into one popular destination.
Güéjar Sierra is an excellent base for mountain sports for its convenient location in Sierra Nevada. Departing from the village there are many possibilities for mountain biking, climbing and hiking.
Nearby you can find paragliding takeoff points and the Canales reservoir, where canoeing can be combined with horseback riding trips into the mountains.
Not far away you will find the ski resort of Sierra Nevada,and also places to practice canyoning and lots of other adventure sports.
With exquisite cuisine ,Güéjar Sierra is one of the favorite places for eating out for most locals of Granada. With endless choices of typical Andalusian dishes, accompanied by good wine and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, Sierra Guejar is a wonderful option for your next vacation.
It is the place chosen by skiers who do not want to be in the thick of the action, but want to be as close as possible to the skiing slopes and enjoy everything offered by this emblematic town such as beautiful scenery and delicious traditional cuisine.
La Herradura is a tourist gem for any traveller. Belonging to the town of Almuñecar, Branada and located at the western end of the Costa Granada in Andalucia.
La Herradura is situated on the Mediterranean coast in a bay with a single beach and with what many would call “perfect weather” where the sun can shine for at least 300 days of the year.
La Herradura is the only Grenadian coastal town which maintains a small stretch of virgin vegetation and fauna between Maro and Cerro Gordo. The area – including the seabed with it’s wonderful corals and endangered species - was declared a Natural Park by the government in the eighties. Because of this, it is one of the most important dive sites in Spain.
The diving centers are some of the most prestigious in Southern Spain, uniting novice and expert divers from all over Spain and which are quickly gaining in popularity abroad.
This small town is full of life and also offers many other adventure sports: kayaking, climbing, canoeing, paragliding, canyoning, hiking. The range of options is very varied.
La Herradura, with its perfect sunsets will instil in you a healthy dose of vitality, health and relaxation.
La Vega de Granada
Federico García Lorca is, without a doubt, the most famous child of La Vega de Granada, his figure, his name, his history…everything about him is reminiscent of La Vega, the same as how la Vega reaches out to Federico through every crack of the earth… La Vega de Granada has been linked to the city ever since the Moorish kings ruled over the city of La Alhambra. It is impossible to understand the Arabic Granada without the Vega, since it was its gateway, guard, and pantry.
A protected space for its natural beauty, the Vega de Granda it an enclave of farmers full of charm in southern Spain, where the highest quality products are produced thanks to daily labour. It is the perfect area for a vacation to Granada, due to its multitude of hiking and biking routes. You simply must visit those places highlighted for their role in the life, war, and expulsion of the Moors and Christians. If you are looking for nature, we highly recommend you visit one of the two marshes: Cubillas or Colomera, or also get to know Sierra Elvira. This is nature as the climax of a visit to one of the most historical cities in Spain.
Lanjarón, also called the 'spa-city', which Pedro Antonio de Alarcón compared it with "a dream of poets", is located 48 kms away from Granada and about 35 kms from the coast. Lanjaron is the most important mineral water spa in Andalusia since the seventeenth century. At an altitude of 650 m over sea level, with steep slopes, ravines and gullies. Between the Mediterranean coast and Sierra Nevada, where the highest peaks of the Spanish territory stand, Lanjarón is definitely a place to visit.
Famous for the quality of its mineral waters for medical use, it is one of the highest rated resort in Spain. It also has the essential feature that defines the image of the Alpujarra villages: unique architecture, perfectly adapted to the broken terrain and climate of the area, which are arranged in narrow streets where the memory of its Moorish past lingers.
There are numerous springs in town, fed by the fresh snow in Sierra Nevada, which can be found especially on the slopes of Cerro del Caballo, above the village itself.
And for those who are fond of sports Lanjaron offers many short / medium and long hiking trails.
The cuisine of Lanjaron covers a wide range of dishes such as almond soup, chestnuts and fennel stews, squash, and ribs with pumpkin and mushrooms, chicken in gravy or rice with rabbit. One of its most peculiar traditions is to take a cup of chocolate with fritters accompanied by a glass of anise. Chestnut cake, custard cakes with nuts and dried figs are other nice deserts of the area.
Some of their traditional celebrations include: San Juan on June 24th with a wide range of cultural and sports activities. This holiday, on the eve of San Juan, is characterized that unlike the rest of the country where it is celebrated with fire (fireworks & fire crackers), Lanjarón celebrates it with water. Famous water races throughout the town!!!
Be enthralled by the purity of its water sources , its exquisite cuisine and the quality of its hot springs and enjoy the lush vegetation of the area and the idyllic landscapes of the Alpujarras.
MONACHIL: Adventure, sports, nature and hiking.
Just 8 km from Granada, Monachil offers visitors a large variety of sites of great natural and scenic interest, located at the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada. With a history dated back from the Bronze, Monachil has rich heritage and traditions that are well worth discovering.
The landscape is dominated throughout by the presence of water—the river Monachil. It runs through the town, starting at Veleta peak and continues throughout the valley forming numerous springs, ponds, waterfalls and beautiful hidden corners for you to discover.
Noteworthy to mention is one of the most spectacular scenery of Sierra Nevada, the gorge of the Cahorros. It is located only 2 km away from Monachil town. Its steep cliffs, various stone tunnels, breath-taking waterfall or the famous over 55 feet long suspension bridge delight all hikers and adventurous hearts.
Thanks to its great location, Monachil offers an interesting range of sports activities to do in nature.
Pathways and trails bring the visitors to spaces with unique beauty such as: the Cahorros, Mount Huenes, Trevenque, Matas Verdes hill, Cerrajón, Diéchar, etc. Many of them are suitable for walking, cycling or horse riding, with itineraries catering to your personal interest and physical conditions.
The Cahorros gorge is a highlighted spot for mountain climbing with its impressive cliffs.
Summits suitable for take off for paragliding lovers and other free-flying sports.
If you are an outdoors sport fan do not hesitate, visiting Monachil is a must!!!
Motril is a dynamic city where, thanks to the great hospitalito of its people, visitors will immediately feel at home. In the heart of the Tropical coast of Granada, bathed by the Mediterranean, Motril offers endless possibilities and an exceptional microclimate with annual temperatures of around 20ºC and around 3,000 hours of sunshina a year. One of the highest sunshine ratios in Spain.
Only 35 minutes from Granada on the N-323 dual carriageway. From the capital, there are endless buses, trains, planes or cars to take you anywhere else in Spain.
Motril is in an extremely central maritime position and is the only sea port in the province of Granada. This is a stop for cruise ships where passengers can enjoy the excellent facilities in the town and visit the Alhambra, Sierra Nevada and the city of Granada thanks to its close proximity.
All types of sports like hiking and outdoor-adventure can be found on the tropical coast. For those who love the sea: sport fishing, underwater diving, surfing, windsurfing or flysurfing can all be enjoyed here. Horse riding, paragliding, gliding, canyoning, fishing, golf…the possibilities are endless.
You can also enjoy coastal boat trips to admire the beauty of the sea and the capital of the tropical coast. From the Neolithic to the present day, Motril also has a rich history and traditions that are worth exploring. Do not miss out on a visit to Motril…a paradise on the Tropical Coast of Granada.
Orgiva is considered "the capital" of the region of Alpujarra, with great restaurants, numerous bars and entertainment venues. Located 58 km away from Granada and about 27 km from the coast, it is on the southern part of the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada. It is a market town that has traditionally supplied the entire region. The weekly market on every Thursday morning remains a colorful event for farmers in the area and provides an excuse for many to go into town to meet up with friends.
Although all the monumental historical-references seem to indicate that the town was founded by the Arabs, the origin of Orgiva was much more remote and mysterious. It has been identified as the Greek colony of Exochen, mentioned by Ptolemy. Some local attractions included: Church of Our Lady of Expectation, Ermita de San Sebastian, Plaza de la Alpujarra, House-palace of the Counts of Sástago (Current Town Hall). Its twin towers rise above the town and are visible from a great distance.
Also a very interesting place for visit is the O.Sel.Ling Buddhist meditation center, founded in 1986 and located at the mountains of the Alpujarras, at 1600 m altitude on the south side of Sierra Nevada. O Sel lives there, who has been one of the first and few Westerners recognized as the reincarnation of a Tibetan master and certainly the most famous.
One of the claims of the town is the curious Sala Cervantina Agustin Martín Zaragoza, which has 150 copies in 42 different languages and 3 dialects of "The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha".
Among the Orgiva cuisine there are the delicious migas with cod, fried peppers and sardines. Also typical pot of fennel and thistles. In summer gazpacho, to help you survive the heat!!!
Several major roads cross at Órgiva : you can choose the road that drives up to the high Alpujarra or take the road on the south mountain, with its splendid views of the coast and the sea. Basically all roads in the region lead to Orgiva. There is one that links the village with the Costa Tropical, the other to Lanjarón and with Granada, a third one drives through Torvizcón and leads to La Rábita and the last goes into the heart of La Alpujarra Alta, up to Pampaneira or Trevélez and the other high mountain villages.
Arriving from any of these destinations, the best option is to leave the car at the top area of the city to avoid the ordeal of looking for a parking place in the town center, especially during the morning.
Whatever one makes of Orgiva, it is an excellent base for discovering the essence of Las Alpujarras.
Pampaneira is a village in the Alpujarras, located in the Poqueira Ravine, together with Capileira and Bubión they are considered as Historic-Artisitic Set, that has maintained the traditional Berber architecture. Pampaneira is located in the southeast of the province of Granada, 72 km away from the capital.
Because of its position on the Poqueira Ravine, it lets you enjoy at one side, a unique view of the peak of Veleta (3392m), Bubión and Capileira villages, while on the other side, the Mediterranean Sea.
As you go up the mountain you can see varied habitats, each with its own rich flora and fauna. Las Alpujarras has the most important flora in Europe.
The homemade food and the excellent products are one of the charms of Pampaneira. There you can taste dishes from both Moorish and Christian heritage with its famous pork products among which we include hams, sausages, morcilla and so on. Ham is the king of the dishes Alpujarra.
Among the typical local dishes, there are pork, migas, porridge, stew of chestnuts and the much admired "papas a lo pobre" these things livened up with a good local wine. The so-called "Alpujarreño dish" consists of "papas a lo pobre" , fried eggs, ham, sausage, morcilla and fried peppers. Also Alpujarreña pastry is tasty and prepared carefully, where we can mention their fig bread, the "almond soplillos" and "roscones".
It has its own charm that will appeal to travelers and visitors who discover one of the most beautiful corners of La Alpujarra, with its white box-shaped houses, with flat clay roofs and tall chimney pots. For two consecutive years, in 1977 and 1978, Pampaneira got the National Award for Town Beautification and Improvement of Villages in Spain.
You can stroll among special "tinaos" filled with flowers, enjoy beautiful views of the highest peaks of the Peninsula (Veleta, Tajos of the Virgin) and the towns of the Barranco of Poqueira, Bubión and Capileira.
Pampaneira offers a great variety of artisanal products, ranging from all kinds of ceramics to fabrics such as rugs and other typical objects of the region. Its fountains also deserve special mention, some with medical mineral water, and others, like Chumpaneira, even possess the 'power of matchmaking'. As it can be read in the mural placed on the three jets of the pillar, which states "it is a fountain of the virtue and it has such magnitude that unmarried person who drinks with intention to marry does not fail, because right away a fiancee has , you will see it...!!!!"
This town celebrates each autumn an artisan, agricultural and touristic fair, considered as the most wholesome sample of its kind in the entire region. It also includes gastronomy products, mainly Moorish pastry and pork products.
Pradollano, most liked meeting point in the Sierra Nevada, offers all services needed for skiing. The southern most ski resort in Europe, without a doubt it offers most hours of sunlight per year. It has few competitors regarding to the quality of the snow, slope and altitude at which you can ski (from 3,394 meters at Veleta to 2,100 meters at Pradollano ), and the length of the skiing area—with more than 64 km of marked pistes, ranging in different level of difficulty.
The ski resort of Sierra Nevada usually opens the season in early December and is one of the last resort to end the season, as the closure often coincides with the celebration of the Day of the Cross (May 3). But besides skiing there are also many other activities available in Sierra Nevada during the rest of the year (walking, cycling,horse riding, etc.),which makes this village one of Spain's most appealing holiday spot.
In Sierra Nevada, apart from skiing and snowboarding, it is also possible to enjoy many other winter sports, both within the ski resort and also at its surroundings. The altitude of the surrounding peaks are over 2000 m, makes this resort a place of extraordinary natural beauty and ideal to find the adventurous emotions the mountain offers.
Numerous restaurants with all kinds of cuisine, from local, to international and fast food, and typical tapas bars, offer their specialties. You would not find yourself run out of dining option though you are in the countryside. The ski season is the perfect time to meet people and attending all kinds of skiing-related events.
Hospitality, comfort, quality ... These terms are used to define the special welcome Sierra Nevada gives its visitors.
Granada is one of the main spots for flamenco in Spain, specifically in the Sacromonte, one of flamenco’s birthplaces. This gypsy neighbourhood is the epicentre of what the experts call the ‘jondura’ and ‘el duende’. Also, it is where the ‘zambra’ originated, a celebration of flamenco song and dance with roots in the wedding celebrations of the Moriscoes in the 16th century. This celebration is remembered every night in the old caves, now converted into flamenco bars. There you can enjoy authentic shows starring traditional gypsy families from the neighbourhood. It was common until a little while ago to find spontaneous flamenco shows in the streets of the Sacromonte, although nowadays the majority of the gypsies don’t live here, but the nights still have a lot of ambience.
Salobreña, paradise-like town on the Costa Tropical, is located in the province of Granada, Andalusia, on Granada's central western region. Salobreña is one of the most beautiful towns on the Granada regional coast. Its breathtaking beaches and coves and typical old white washed houses, make Salobreña a sought after touristic spot.
The old part of town is located inside the old-time medieval wall which protected the population. Its streets are steep and irregular in shape, typical of Andalusian villages, with white houses allover and flower decorated balconies. In the heart of the downtown area, there's the most important monument, the Salobreña Castle, with the beautiful Paseo de las Flores. Its a beautiful landscaped garden area with various species of shrubs, flowers and palm trees planted all along the paths. First inhabitants settled in this area so many archaeological remains have been found.
Aside from the beaches, Salobreña has many monuments of historical interest such as the Parish Church Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Mudejar style, built in the XVI century on the ruins of an ancient Muslim mosque, with a remarkable large square shaped bell tower topped with small battlements.
There is also Parque de la Fuente (Fountain Park), a beautiful park located in the Avenida del Mediterráneo. It has beautiful gardens with plants and flowers, ponds, with variety of birds, ducks, and peacocks, among others, and areas particularly suited for children, with playgrounds. In the summer season this is the place where musical concerts and other cultural activities are held. Aside from the famous and quite popular night market held every Tuesday and Friday, in the Parque de la Fuente, you'll also find ceramic, glass, stone and metal handcrafted objects on sale, food stalls, jewelry stalls, and many other things.
The Peñon de Salobreña is a small isle located in Playa de Salobreña. There are wide beaches, with calm and crystalline waters, counting on all the necessary services. The most popular beaches are the Playa de la Guardia, Playa de la Charca and Playa del Peñón, located along the seaside boulevard.
The climate is fairly mild, with normal Mediterranean temperatures during summer and winter. The annual average temperature is 17°C, 24°C in the summer, and an average 12°C in winter.
It surprises many visitors that in Granada, in Andalucia, which is famous for its beaches and abundance of sun, you can ski. Not only are you able to ski, but the Sierra Nevada is actually the best winter location in Spain. The Mulhacén peak, the highest on the Iberian Peninsula, rises to 3,478 metres, an altitude that guarantees an abundance of quality snow even though the Sierra Nevada ski station is the most southern in Europe.
But also, Sierra Nevada is the twelfth Spanish National Park. It covers an expanse of 170,000 hectares, distributed across a total of 60 city borders shared between the provinces of Granada and Almeria. Sierra Nevada is the last great natural wall in Southern Europe. It majestically rises from 1,000 to 3,481 metres high running along a rugged line with views of the sea. Along them hide varied landscapes, each one belonging to its altitude gradient.
The Sierra Nevada is a large space with plenty of nature for adventure sports and routes to enjoy all year round.