The romantic city of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is an excellent base for mountain holidays. Served by Federico Garcia Lorca airport, Granada is just over 9 miles from the airport and has road and rail links to the rest of Andalusia. During the winter months visitors can ski and snow board in the mountains and hike, cycle and bird
watch in the summer. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are about 20 miles from the centre of Granada and has 38 miles of ski slopes over 45 pistes, with slopes suitable for all levels of experience. The Sierra Nevada National Park is a stunning beauty spot where you can hike, mountain bike, horse ride, paraglide, fish, canoe and raft. The park is so diverse it includes rivers, waterfalls, glcial lakes, gorges and snow covered peaks two miles high.
Often referred to as the jewel in the crown of Andalusia, Granada is home to the elegant Moorish Alhambra Palace.Built in the 14th century for the last Muslim emir, the palace is a fine example of intricate arabesque architecture and has beautiful gardens complete with amazing water features.
Surrounding the palace is the old Moorish medina, a maze of streets and alleyways called the Albaicin. These streets lead to the Plaza de San Nicolas where you will find amazing views of the Alhambra and the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Locals and tourists mingle at the plaza where you will often catch an impromptu flamenco concert by local performers using the Sierra Nevada mountain range backdrop as their stage.
Other cultural attractions in Granada include the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Encarnacion and the Museo Parque de las Ciencias.
Granada’s tropical coastline has over 60 miles of beaches including Malaga, Los Llanos and Montril. Most beaches offer water sports such as diving, snorkelling, swimming, windsurfing and sailing.
For golf enthusiasts there are three golf courses all within easy reach of the city, including the 18 hole courses at the Club de Golf Granada and the Medina Elvirs Golf. These courses are beautifully landscaped with lakes, pine trees and mountain views.
Dining out is an exciting experience on your last minute holiday deals to Granada. The centre of the city has a large array of restaurants and bars which serve a variety of Andalusian, Iberian and European cuisine.
Not to be missed is a visit to the Altiplano de Granada, a high plateau in the north with amazing cave dwellings set in a spectacular mountain setting. Also worthy of a visit is the Zaidin district of Granada which holds a huge outdoor market on Saturdays and the Sacromonte district which is known as the flamenco song and dance area.
With a fantastic reputation, Granada is a destination not to be missed when looking for travel deals for your next mountain holiday.