Free day in Granada?
Are you attending ICCA's Iberian Chapter Annual Meeting in Granada? And expecting some free time? Here are some must go sites in this wonderful city.
Located in the Spanish province of Andalusia, at the foot of Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain in the Iberian Peninsula, Granada is that perfect encounter of cultures and influences that makes cities even more special.
Alhambra, Alhambra, Alhambra
It is the icon of Granada, and with all property. This complex, which in Arabic means "Red Castle", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was created during the Arab occupation of southern Spain in the 13th century. It was the Nasri dynasty that had it built for military and protection purposes, but also as a royal palace, also including a citadel. When the region voved into the hands of Christians, other structures were added, both civil and religious. Visiting everything implies a few hours, but we are sure you won't regret it.
Usually it is visited along with Alhambra. It is a residence, used by the Nasri, but also by the subsequent dynasties, whose most interesting aspect is its spectacular gardens.
Dating back from 1523, it is one of the main Renaissance examples in Spain, the work being mainly by Diego de Siloé. Its chapel holds the remains of the Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabel I of Castile and King Fernando II of Aragon, who had a great influence in this city.
Granada is a city full of movement and its historic centre proves it. Witness this city's monumentality, walking slowly, enjoying every street and square. And when you're tired, enter a bar, order a beer and be amazed at the free tapas. As if you needed more reasons to worship Granada.
Cláudia Coutinho de Sousa
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