7 things not to miss in Granada

History, culture and family fun make Granada a favourite for tourists. If you don´t know this place very well, we will show some things to do in Granada, enjoy them

7 Things to do in Granada

The Alhambra

Originally constructed for military use, the Alhambra was all at once more than just a beautiful and immense building it’s has three purposes; an “alcazaba” (fortress), an “alcazar” (palace) and a small “medina” (city). Its triple purposes explains its many unique and distinctive features with the name Alhambra coming from Arabic and meaning red or crimson castle, so called, allegedly, because the construction of the Alhambra fortress  was done by torchlight. A wonderfully place for all the family with tickets starting at 14€.

The Generalife Gardens (Garden of Paradise)

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This place is found inside the Alhambra ground and is well worth a visit. A beautiful promenade takes the visitor to the “Patio de la Acequia” which is the best know area and what is known as the heart and soul of the palace grounds A wander around these gardens is a great way to spend an hour or two just enjoying nature and history too. If you head up to the north portico you’ll find the impressive Patio de los Cipreses, which has a pool in the middle. With a lovely fountain dating from the 16th century the gardens were originally olive groves.

Lorca’s House

Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain´s most famous 20th-century writer who was killed for his political opinions and sexual orientation in 1936 – just before the start of the Civil War. He was banned under Franco and after Franco died; his legacy was finally acknowledged by his home city. You can visit the Lorca family summer house in Granada for a look back to unsettled times in Spain.

Albaicin

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El Albaicin is the old Moorish quarter of the city that is made oup of little streets and alley ways, all boasting lots of small shops selling anything from crafts to clothes. Facing the Alhanmbra the Albaicin in a steep climb to the top for some but well worth it as the view of the Alhambra from the Church of San Nicolas is impressive indeed. The moors first settled in the area in the 11th century and plenty of history remains from that time.

Granada Science Park

Covering a huge 70km² and split into two main buildings the park is fascinating for young and old as it takes you on a journey through our own body, our mind and our world – with help for foreigners with English explanations.

Just a 10 minute walk, the park is one of the best places to take the kids in Granada for some educational fun!

The Arab Baths

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Dating back to the 11th century the Arab Baths are one of the most important cultural, historic and architectural places in Granada, symbolising, as they do, the religious chaos of the time. Water was a symbol of purity for the Muslims so the baths were built by the Muslims around the city but most were later destroyed by the Christians. A wonderful glance at the life of people in those times. Not cheap at 60€ for 90 minutes but an experience not to be missed if possible!

Corral de Carbon

Following the Moorish period charcoal vendors brought their goods into the town from the forests to be sold in its terrace and the Corral de Carbon became the trading centre for the area. It is one of Granada´s oldest and best preserved monuments and has a double-arched gate, a flag stoned courtyard and a central well. Once the Christians came the pace was used as a theatre. Take a look it’s easy to picture this place full of traders of theatre goers.

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A trip to visit the settings of Game of Thrones in Spain

If you’re a fan of the most watched series at the moment, start packing your suitcase in order to follow the route that we propose you today and delve into the heart of some of the seven kingdoms of Game of Thrones in Spain! If you’re not one of its staunchest followers or you still have not seen the fifth season… watch out for spoilers! This journey across the Spanish settings of George R.R. Martin’s saga covers the adventures of the GoT characters in a story of power, fantasy and of course, unforgettable places. In virtually every season, the spotlight has been on the green Ireland, main setting of a story that has conquered half the world, staging the castle and the gray days of Winterfell, while the old town of one of the most visited cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik, is the alter ego of King’s Landing. Morocco was the perfect place to recreate Astapor and Yunkai, and in northern Europe, the volcanic and frozen landscapes of Iceland, with Europe’s largest glacier, represent every millimeter of the dreaded Wall.

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5 unique places in Lyon

Wondering what to do in Lyon? Here we’ve put together 5 unique places to visit.

Lyon

Founded over 2,000 years ago and having built its fortune on the silk trade means that this city has an abundance of stunning renaissance architecture in its Old Town (Vieux Lyon), which is why the whole city is a World Heritage Site. A place where tucked-away passageways (Traboules) line the quaint courtyards and head to the River Saône. You’ll also discover its Roman history with ruins, architecture and an amphitheatre that still holds shows today. Known for its cuisine too, Lyon is a cultural treat and here we’ve listed 5 unique places you should go to when considering what to see in Lyon.

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Alternative dishes for Lenten Season: A contrast of flavors and emotions

The typical  menu for Lenten Season certainly always start with a “vigil stew”: chickpeas, some beans, spinach and a boiled egg. The second course would be, no doubt, traditional cod fritters or cod stew. The dessert would be, of course, torrijas, those tasty fried bread slices coated with sugar and cinnamon. Delicious, right? All these dishes also have something in common: no meat in used during their preparation, as it corresponds to the Christian custom of Lent. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, enjoy 40 meatless days full of cereals, fish and vegetables that have resulted in many other traditional recipes that have little to do with the now classic Easter dishes of stew, fritters and torrijas that are so widely consumed at this time of the year. Do you want to try other typical Easter dishes? They are not as well known but are equally tasty…

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Experience passion in the most exciting Holy Week processions

There is no place where the Holy Week in Spain is not lived with passion. If there is a word you could define this time of the year with, it would be, without doubt, emotions. Emotions that touch all the five senses and that go even further. The smell of orange blossoms and flowers that decorate the processions’ images, the incense, the heat of the candles, the sound of the people, the soft touch of traditional robes, the rubbing of chains with the ground, the noise of drums, the sound of cornets, the moving applauses, the tears on the images, the efforts of the bearers during a levantá, the death’s boyfriend, the salty taste of the stews and the sweetness of torrijas, the fulfilled promises… and much more. These are just some of the feelings that can be experienced during the most exciting processions of the Spanish Holy Week. Do you want to know the best place to experience it? There is not only one, but many…

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Marbella: Beach and religious feelings during your Easter holidays

It is probably the luxury tourist destination par excellence in Spain. Moreover, its brand new slogan, Marbella, a Five-Star Destination, plays with a double message: the condition of Marbella as the city with most five-star hotels in Andalusia and also the five segments that make up one of the best tourist offers in the world: nature, food, golf, beaches and luxury. An incredibly cosmopolitan city with more than 137 different nationalities living in a climate that continues to attract tourists from around the world: 32o days of sunshine a year are an irresistible proposal!

A classy atmosphere (Marbella ranked in second place by turnover among Spanish luxury shopping destinations) that, during the Easter break, combines with one of the most popular and significant religious traditions among its population: the Holy Week. In the context of this cosmopolitan city, nine religious brotherhoods still survive (including Nueva Andalucía and San Pedro Alcantara), integrated into the Association of Holy Week Brotherhoods.

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