Granada – Spain’s Cultural Gem and Tourist Wonder

Granada is a city in Spain which is home to Spain’s most visited monument, the Alhambra. This city, lying at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is quite a destination to visit. Filled with culture, history and sights to behold, it is a place to visit at any time through the year. What should you do when you get there? Well, there are a lot of things to cover, but here are Granada’s essential sights you should never miss.

The Alhambra Fortress and Palace

Back in the 13th century, up until the 15th, the Nasrid dynasty occupied the Emirate of Granada, otherwise known as the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. They left behind a palace and fortress, one that is to this day Spain’s most visited monument.

Actually, the fortress’ origins date back to 889 AD when it was constructed on top of Roman ruins. Largely discarded until the 13th century, when Ibn al-Aḥmar decided that it should be the fortress you can see today. The name of the fortress means The Red One. It has since inspired many an artist to do wonders, spanning from literature like Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh or Assassin’s Creed, both the movie from 2016 and the video game named Brotherhood.

If you want to visit this wonder, you should know that there are two periods, the morning and afternoon one. There is also a night period, but it only limits you to the Alcazaba, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces.

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Incarnation

This building is to put it simpler, known as the Granada Cathedral. This cathedral, unlike many others in Spain, was built in the 16th century, after the land was taken from its previous rulers, the Nasrid Kingdom.

This cathedral is built on top of a mosque and has a baroque and renaissance style to it. It was built many architects through its 181 years of construction. Adjacent to the cathedral, you can find the Royal Chapel where the Catholic kings are buried.

Granada has many more wonders for you to see, like The Bañuelo, the Carrera del Darro, the Plaza Nueva, the oldest square you can find in Granada. You can visit the Sacromonte district to view a plethora of shows. If you like to drink, then the Tapas Bars where a drink and a free snack is part of their history is a must. Granada has a lot to offer to the tourist and history lover.