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  Granada - City Information
  Municipality: Torrenueva, Calahonda,
  Region: Granada
  Post Code: 18001
  Size Province: 12,531M square meters
  Inhabitants: Granadinos
  Province Total: 790.000 inhabitants
  Capital Total: 275.000 inhabitants
  Density: 63 inhabitants per
square meter
  Mean Altitude: 662m above sea level
  Average Temp: 15C (59F)
  Sunny Days a Year: 250 days
  Annual Rainfall: 61.7 cm a year
  Tourism: Over 2.5 million tourists
visit each year
  Distances to: Malaga: 129 km
Sevilla: 256 km
Madrid: 434 km

Facts Source: (INE (National Institution of
Statistics) & Spanish Tourist Board)


One of the most important provinces in Andalucia is Granada, whose capital city of the same name is world renowned and is truly one of Spain's jewels.

Its cultural legacy has been developed through the occupation of the Muslims and the Christians whose variety of artistic styles, the quality of musical and theatrical activities, as well as the rich traditions maintained by its people is still evident today.

The first thought that often comes to mind when speaking about this city is, of course, the Alhambra, a glorious testament to the Moorish period in southern Spain. Atop a steep hill, near the Darro river and protected by its surrounding mountains and forests, and within one of the oldest barrios of the area, the castle complex of the Alhambra rises in its powerful stance. Its rough, reddish exterior walls belie its lovely gardens and astonishing architecture within. Although it was initially conceived as a military zone, it came to be the residence of the Moorish rulers in the mid-13th century.

From the 13th to the 15th centuries, the fortress was converted into a city with high walls and protective towers, and includes as well a separate palace in front of the Alhambra called the Generalife; this structure surrounded by beautiful gardens became the seat of the kings of Granada. Millions of people continue to visit this extraordinary site, and in 2007 it was one of the nominated sites to be one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

But there is more to the capital city of Granada - it has a well-respected University, centers of Flamenco music and dance, cosmopolitan architecture, authentic and typical tapa bars where savoring ham from nearby Trevelez (a Serrano ham) is a must, caves on the Sacromonte mountain where gypsies perform, and wonderful skiing on the nearby slopes of the Sierra Nevada. (It is often said that one could swim in the Mediterranean in the morning and ski in the Sierras in the afternoon, as both possibilities lie 50 minutes apart - a truly unique opportunity for the sports enthusiast.) In addition, Granada boasts its own airport which continues to grow in popularity with many international carriers. Shopping and entertaining here is similar to that of a mid-sized European city but with a different rhythm..the nightlife lasts well into the morning, especially during the summer months.

Granada is a city that is well worth visiting and its strong ties to the Costa Tropical town of Motril (directly due south) grow stronger every day. Access between this capital city and the Mediterranean coast is on the top of the area's governmental priorities as traffic, growth and interest continue to expand. The advent of new highways, a rail line, and perhaps another airport are all possibilities for this area of the southern Spanish coast.

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