A real treat in the south of Spain, it seems fitting that Granada is named after a mouth-watering fruit – the pomegranate. Images of the ruby red fruit decorate everything from the city’s architecture and ceramics to the signage, while real-life versions fall to the ground on its charming tree-lined streets. As one of the final outposts of the Moorish occupation in Spain, Granada city breaks offer a chance to explore two different cultures and religions.
While the Catholic monarchs did their best to counter much of the city’s Arabic legacy – meaning there is no shortage of gorgeous churches and monasteries – strong Islamic influences can still be found. Most well-known is the Alhambra, a Unesco World Heritage Site and former Islamic palace and fortress. Renowned for its beautiful architecture and majestic buildings, it rightly ranks as one of Spain’s top attractions. Though steeped in history, Granada is also an upbeat university town, which creates a fresh, energetic vibe.
The free and top-quality tapas offered at many bars are legendarily generous, meaning that city breaks to Granada will suit food lovers for the same reason the town is so popular with the local students. Whether you tapas-safari your way round the compact, easy-to-explore city centre, or spend time discovering the hidden caves of Albaicin, a Granada city break is sure to leave you hungry for more.
With perfectly preserved Islamic architecture and glorious city views, this former palace and fortress is once-in-a-lifetime spectacular. It’s popular, so book your tickets in advance.
The Spanish Renaissance architecture of Granada Cathedral, the world’s fourth largest, took over 180 years to complete. Its domed, decorated interior is sure to leave you speechless.
The best dance moves
Perched on a hill overlooking the Alhambra, the winding streets of formerly Arabic neighbourhood Albaicin are the place to throw some shapes at a toe-tapping flamenco bar.