The final Arab sultan surrendered his reign to Fernando and Isabel in the year 1492. Nearly all of the Mosques were destroyed but a few still remain.
A particular point of interest is the Alhambra mosque that is now a listed building, protected by the UNESCO as a heritage site. Some of the most beautiful defining features of the city are the old style white houses, flower rich balconies and big open courtyards.
There is large culture diversity due to the massive numbers of students attending the local university, which also contribute widely to the night life scene. The city is reasonably close to the coast where you can enjoy a dip in the cool and clear seas or just relax and do some sun bathing. You could even take some time out to go skiing, unusually for a Spanish city, but it is quite close to the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Spreading between Spanish Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea, Granada is one of Andalucía’s, if not Spain’s, most charming cities. Rooting back to Mauritian history, the city’s population still features a 10% of North African Muslims, who give it a cosmopolitan profile.
A major Spanish college city, Granada offers lively nightlife and is one of the very few places where tapas still complement your drink free of charge. Don’t leave before you enjoy an authentic performance of passionate Andalusian flamenco dance. Getting around Granada
Granada’s metro system is still under construction and estimated to start running within the year of 2014. However, a comprehensive bus network covers are corners of the city, while some attractions are accessible on foot as well. Local taxis are plenty, but not an affordable choice for budget travellers.