Located right in the centre, the old Hispano-Arabic house, Casa de Zafra, is an emblematic place in the well-known neighbourhood of the Albaicín. Today, the house houses the renowned Interpretation Centre. Strolling through this Moorish quarter is a pleasure, the atmosphere is full of life and movement with tapas routes and small oriental style shops. The Albaicín is undoubtedly the essence of Granada, recognized as a World Heritage Site since 1994, awaits beautiful buildings such as bridges over the Darro River, the walls, religious monuments and historical remains of Islamic and Christian civilization. The famous viewpoints of Granada are hidden among the winding streets, from the Mirador de San Nicolas and Ermita de San Miguel there are spectacular views of the entire city, including the Alhambra.
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In the historic centre stand impressive buildings such as the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel and the Monastery of San Jeronimo which symbolise Christianity in Granada and are evidence of the devotion the Catholic Monarchs felt for this beautiful Andalusian city. In the Alcaicería, the old silk market, visitors often buy original souvenirs to take back home. Just a few steps further on is the colourful Bib-Rambla square, known for its numerous flower stalls. Near the centre, some of the old Arab baths have been reconstructed preserving the Islamic aesthetics, today they offer a relaxing spa experience reminiscent of the Nasrid era.
The Alhambra, which means "red castle" in Arabic, is located on the top of the hill al-Sabika, separated from the Albaicín and Alcazaba neighbourhoods by the Darro River. The first indications of this construction date back to the year 889, when Granada belonged to the Cordovan Caliphate Sawwar ben Hamdun.
Its fascinating history together with its beautifully landscaped gardens and leafy surroundings make this former palace an architectural treasure worth visiting.
Granada is gastronomically famous for its rich and generous tapas. As soon as you order a beer in any bar or restaurant, your drink will be served with a hearty ration courtesy of the house. Dishes such as fried fish, croquettes, meatballs, migas or stews with chips are the most popular. Don't stay at the first place, follow the tapas routes and try a few of them.