The Alhambra was the royal palace of the Moorish kings. It was built between the XIII and the XIV centuries and was the crown jewel of the Emirate of Granada, whose territories stretched from part of Córdoba, Sevilla, Jaén, Murcia and Cádiz, to the whole of Almería, Málaga and Granada.
El Albaicín is the old Moorish quarter of the city. It's located on a hill facing the Alhambra and there are dramatic views of this area from the palace's famous rose gardens. The Zirid Monarchs first established their court here in the 11th century although little remains from this era today, apart from some crumbling remains of the wall (including the section which used to encircle the Albaicín).
The Generalife were the gardens of the Arab architect, beautifully spacious Arab gardens next to the Alhambra on the hill Cerro del Sol, which provide an idea of how extensive these mansions once were. The name 'Generalife' means 'garden of the architect'. The Generalife is located on the hill Cerro del Sol, adjacent to the Alhambra.
Granada is a hill city offering some challenging walks without going near the mountains. The Segway tours offer a flexible and interesting way to see the sights and save your legs.
Although Granada is not a coastal city, it is now fully linked to the city of Motril on the South coast by the excellent E-902 route which provides high speed access with a reasonably short drive of under 40 miles. Excellent beaches are available in the quiet towns of Salobrena and Almunecar a short distance to the West.
The city of Granada is less than 10 minutes from Silverfield Villa by car. As a former capital of Spain, the locations to visit are extensive and include Generalife - the summer residence of the Nazarid kings, El Albaycin – the world famous medieval district, Plaza Nueva – the cultural centre of Granada and of course the Alhambra itself – the royal palace of the Moorish kings of Spain.