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Diverse Granada: Steeped in Roman, Arabic, and Christian history

Generalife Gardens
Generalife Gardens

Much has been said about Granada's beauty and history with its blend of Roman, Arabic and Christian influences dating back as early as the 7th century BCE.  The best example of this melting pot of cultures is the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, one of Spain's most visited attractions. Built by the Romans in the first century BCE, it was rebuilt in the 14th century by the Moors and restored a century later by Catholic Kings. Remember to check out Alhambra from another perspective by heading up to the Sacromonte neighbourhood.

Another culminating moment for Granadan culture is the Renaissance, with the baroque architecture Cathedral as its biggest example. It has no fewer than 14 chapels.  Each boasts an altarpiece, paintings, sculptures and architectural details conforming to its era of construction, ensuring that any visit is an unmatched cultural experience. In the Royal Chapel, you can find the tombs of the Catholic monarchs.  Granada is a city of contrasts, however. Thus, the perfect follow-up to the luxurious Cathedral is a peaceful stroll through the ancient Muslim neighbourhood of Alcaicería only a few footsteps away.

Granada is not a particularly large city, but its steep steps make travel slow. Meandering on the Carrera del Darro and the Paseo de los Tristes gives you the opportunity to breathe in the centuries its stone pavement has seen. From here we can admire buildings such as the Casa del Castril, another Renaissance building that houses the Archaeological Museum or rest on the Carvajales Overlook for an impressive view of the Alhambra. Here we can also find the El Bañuelo, one of the oldest and most famous Arabic baths of Spain.

Another must-see site is the Plaza Nueva where you shall find the Royal Chancellery, a judiciary building built in the 16th century by Isabel I of Castille, which continues to exercise administrative responsibilities today. When you are in this district, remember to head between the Albaicín and the neighbourhood of the Centre.  The plaza marks the beginning of the vibrant street of Elvira, where shopping and tapas form only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to Granada.

Try to slow down your steps and enjoy every sight and moment in this diverse historical city of Granada.

Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel
Granada Cathedral
Granada Cathedral
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