If there is one province in Spain that could be said to have everything then that province must be Granada. The province has the highest mountain in Spain, Mulhacen, in the Sierra Nevada range. Here, for about five months of the year, the winter sport enthusiast can feel at home in Pradollano. Yet, just 2 hours away, is the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical.
Between the two extremes you will find remote villages, and excellent walkin in the Alpujarra region, and towns with wonderful architecture in the Altiplano. You can sample home-cured hams at Trevelez and olive oils from Los Montes, both products recognised with the official Designation of Quality. Not yet recognised but sure to be in the future is the Beluga caviar from Riofrio.
Historically Granada Province provides as much stimulation as any province. Gorafe, in the centre of Geoparc Granada, has the highest concentration of megalithic dolmens in Europe. Christopher Columbus planned his first voyage in Santa Fe. Granada was the last city to be re-conquered by Christians in 1492 having been occupied by the Moors since 711 AD. Gastronomy wise the province is heavily influenced by its Moorish heritage. Oranges, honey and almonds combined with pastries, meats and poultry produce mouth watering dishes.
I suppose I should also mention the capital, Granada, with its world famous Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a monument and attraction that attracts 2.5 million visitors (2012 survey) each year. Granada Province truly is a province of contrasts.
Most accounts of Granada concentrate on the Alhambra and Generalife but, magnificent as they are, we don't want to do that. We want to show you the real city and the best way to do that is on foot. There are plenty of good hotels in or near the city centre, and the bus service is excellent, charging a standard price for each journey no matter how far you travel. Before embarking on the tour make sure you have two maps, one showing the street plan of the city and the other showing the bus routes. Both are available at the hotels and any Tourist Information office. More....
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