Granada - information about the city

Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of three rivers, the Beiro, the Darro and the Genil. It sits at an elevation of 738 metres above sea level, yet is only one hour from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical. Nearby is the Sierra Nevada Ski Station, where the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 were held. In the 2005 national census, the population of the city of Granada proper was 236,982, and the population of the entire urban area was estimated to be 472,638, ranking as the 13th-largest urban area of Spain. About 3.3% of the population did not hold Spanish citizenship, the largest number of these people (31%) coming from South America. Its nearest airport is Federico García Lorca Airport Granada-Jaén Airport. The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain. The Almohad influence on architecture is preserved in the area of the city called the Albaicín with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction. Granada is also well-known within Spain for the prestigious University of Granada which has about 80,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city. The pomegranate (in Spanish, granada) is the heraldic device of Granada.
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Granada - tourist attractions

markerA The Great Mosque of Granada The Great Mosque of Granada - photo
markerB Alhambra The Alhambra the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in the Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the sou... Alhambra - photo
markerC Hotel Molinos Hotel Molinos is the narrowest hotel in the world situated in the street with the same name, in Realejo in city of Granada. Realejo, situated on the foot of the Alhambra hill, was full of palaces, botanical gardens, and royal gardens, to which it owes its name. It is where the Moorish Kings spent... Hotel Molinos - photo
markerD Albayzín El Albayzín (also Albaicín or El Albaicín) is a district of present day Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain, that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a world heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra. It rises on a h... Albayzín - photo
markerE Palace of Cordova The Palace of Cordova is a palace in the city of Granada in the Albaicin neighborhood, very near to the Sacromonte. The Palace is located on the banks of the river Darro and accessed through the elevation la Cuesta del Chapiz. Designed by the architect Alvarez de Toledo, was built in 1530 by order o... Palace of Cordova - photo
markerF San Nicolas viewing point San Nicolas viewing point is located in the square of the same name. From this small area of ​​the Albaicin square near the church of St. Nicholas (considered the oldest in the area), you see one of the best views of the Alhambra, the Vega of Granada and Sierra Nevada. The view is especially nice du... San Nicolas viewing point - photo
markerG Church of the Saviour in Granada Church of the Savior is built in Moorish style on the old Mosque of Granada, situated in the Albaicin, in 1499 year. It was consecrated by Cardinal Cisneros as a place dedicated to the cult of the Savior. From its origins has the only Islamic ablutions courtyard of a mosque preserved in the city. Ap... Church of the Saviour in Granada - photo
markerH Arabic Bridge On The Genil Arabic Bridge On The Genil is located in Granada, on the river Genil, at the confluence of the River Darro. The bridge was built in the mid-twelfth century. Also known as the Roman Bridge (Puente Romano). In 2007 was declared National Heritage. It is a bridge of five barrel vaults (span of 7 m)  wit... Arabic Bridge On The Genil - photo
markerI Generalife The Palacio de Generalife ("Architect's Garden") was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid Emirs (Kings) of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, now beside the city of Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. The palace and gardens were built during the re... Generalife - photo
markerJ El Bañuelo El Bañuelo is a building, declared a good of a cultural interest, located in the Carrera del Darro, Granada (Spain), containing Arab baths from the Zirid period (the eleventh century). It is located next to the river Darro in front of the Cadí Bridge. It is accessed through a small courtyard with p... El Bañuelo - photo

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Geographical coordinates: 37.1833, -3.6
Approximate population: 237,929

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