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.
During a week of celebrations there are all kinds of activities: puppet shows, fun activities for children, bullfighting, processions, balcony decoration competitions, plant and pot exhibitions, flamenco performances in casetas (huge tents) in the fairground on the outskirts of the city and in the city centre.
Events take place in Granada during Christmas, traditional Roscón de Reyes on Epiphany Day and Christmas shopping.
Spectacular Three Wise Men parade with its 30 fantastic carriages, and nativity scenes contest - a tradition that comes from the thirteenth century.
Easter varies between March 22 and April 25. This feast is celebrated in Granada very differently from other cities in Andalusia, despite several points in common.
Easter in Granada is distinguished by the simplicity and beauty of its processions, and by the city's unique location. Granada turns into a scene where everything forms part of the Easter celebration: the Passion.
The International Music and Dance Festival of Granada has its roots in a Cante Jondo flamenco singing contest that was held at the Carlos V Palace beginning in 1883. In 1922 the contest was held at the Alhambra Aljibes and Federico García Lorca attended. The festival as we know it today was inaugurated in 1952 and since then has grown into one of the most important music festivals in Spain.
a taste of Spain...
Granada is the home of tapas. The tradition of serving small plates of food along with drinks originated here and is an integral part of the culture. Silverfield Villa has excellent food preparation facilities, but the local tapas has to be sampled.
Granada is an excellent place for cycling whether the desire is to travel around the historic backdrop of the city and surrounding area or take on the huge challenges available on the Sierra Nevada routes.
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.