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3 Reasons to Visit Granada, the Spanish City of Sweeping Views

3 Reasons to Visit Granada, the Spanish City of Sweeping Views

In the foothills of Sierra Nevada lies the revered city of Granada. The historical city southern Spain’s Andalusia region is esteemed for its grand medieval architecture dating back to the 13th-century Moorish occupation. As the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe, Granada is home to the famous Alhambra Palace. But beyond the grandiose architecture, you will enjoy a remarkable cuisine distinct from other famous Spanish cities like Barcelona and the neighboring Seville. Find out what makes Granada such an inspiration to celebrated writers and artists by downloading the Granada Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      The Alhambra Palace

If Agra has the Taj Mahal and Siem Reap has the Angkor Wat, Granada has the spectacular Alhambra Palace. Standing tall atop the entire hill of La Sabica it offers intricate designs, detailed mosaics, hand-carved cedar wood, and even serene orchards. Samuel Ha-Nagid, the Jewish grand vizier of one of Granada’s 11th-century Zirid sultans, initially built the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Nasrid emirs turned the area into a fortress-palace complex and housed royal families before the Catholic Monarchs took hold during the Reconquista in 1492.

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2.      St. John of God Basilica

The basilica dedicated to John of God, the Portuguese soldier who devoted his life to helping those who were less fortunate, is a glistening jewel of the Baroque period. And when we say glistening it indeed shines with gold and silver. It boasts a beautiful Baroque façade flanked by towers featuring slate capitals. Inside, you will discover opulent decorations that fill every inch of the Latin cross floor plan. The church chapel houses a solid silver urn that holds the relics of Saint John of God. Its interior is richly adorned with sculptures and images. The fresco paintings depict saints, angels, virtues, and episodes from the life of Saint John of God.

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3.      Junta de los Rios

Granada isn't just about spectacular palaces and grand temples; it also boasts breath taking natural wonders. Nestled in Otivar, Granada is a place of outstanding natural beauty with wonderful river pools and spectacular views. Making Junta de los Rios, which translates to "the joining of the rivers", a great excursion for the more adventurous. Junta de los Rios with there the rivers Rio Verde and Rio Negro converge to form waterfalls and crystal, clear pools where you can take a dip and take a break from the warm Granada weather. Until recently, only a handful of people visited for climbing and canyoneering.

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Visit Málaga, the Gateway to the Costa del Sol

Visit Málaga, the Gateway to the Costa del Sol

Málaga is the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth-largest municipality in Spain. It is extremely popular with tourists and listed below are some of the reasons why. Don’t forget to get your copy of Malaga Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map the before you arrive at this majestic city.

The Location

Málaga is the Southernmost Large City in Europe and its location cannot be more ideal. It is the perfect jumping board for excursions to nearby destinations such as Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada. The high degree of accessibility makes it a culture-packed Metropolis where modern amenities mix perfectly well with the traditional vibe of a beach town. Whether you sick modern sophistication or rustic peace and quiet, Málaga can give it to you.

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The Weather

Málaga has around 320 days of bright sunshine each year which will allow you to make the most out of its spectacular beaches. This wonderful weather is unique to Málaga. The mountains prevent the cold from reaching it while the Mediterranean regulates the heat and prevents temperatures from going too high. With an average temperature of 22°C, you can visit Málaga any day of the year and still have a blast. 

The Food

Prepare your taste buds for authentic Málaga wine and freshly caught seafood of all kinds. Easy access to fresh ingredients is one of the perks of being a port town. Speaking, of freshness, make sure you try the city’s specialty, the gazpacho. Gazpacho is a soup made with raw vegetables and served cold. And as with any other Spanish city, there is also a wide variety of tapas to choose from in Málaga. With numerous beach cafes, restaurants, and tapa bars to choose from, you never have to eat at the same place twice. Also, check out the pubs and wine bars. Most of them serve Málaga wine directly from the barrel.

The Museums

Málaga has earned the nickname ‘The City of Museums” because it has more than 20 museums, with 15 of them located in the same vicinity. The most notable of these museums are the Pablo Picasso Birthplace Museum and the Picasso Museum of Málaga which both house a massive collection of Pablo Picasso’s works.

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