Living in Granada

Granada is the capital city of the province of the same name, located in southeastern Spain between the shores of the Mediterranean and the Andalusian hinterland. The city is located at the foot of Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range of the Iberian peninsula. Population of Granada is 265,000 inhabitants.

Distances to Granada by road from various Spanish cities: Madrid, 433 km; Cadiz, 454 km; Malaga, 128 km; Seville, 251 km. Granada’s airport is 15 km away from the city on the road to Malaga.

Granada is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada between two hills, separated by the Darro Valley. The River Darro flows through the centre of the city.

Granada’s climate is friendly and dry, the air is clean and healthy. Strong winds, fog and snow are rare. The Granada region offers Spain’s richest variety of climate and landscape, from the alpine vegetation of the Sierra Nevada to the tropical coast of Motril, where winter temperatures average 15 C while some villages in the Sierra experience minus 10 C.

Granada’s shops are usually open at 10 a.m. and close between 1.30 and 2 p.m., opening again between 4.30 and 5 p.m. In winter (a little later in summer) and closing finally at 8.30 p.m. (9 p.m. in summer). They are closed on Sundays and feast days and occasionally on Saturday afternoons, with the exception of the larger department stores which open on some Sundays during the year, at Christmas and during the Sales.

The biggest tourist attraction The Alhambra receives more than 3 million tourists a year, which makes it the most visited monument in Spain.

In this section we’re going to give you some tips for living in Granada. We’ll include a quick overview of the neighborhoods, eating guide, some must-see tourist ( and non-tourist ) sites, places to frequent after hours, and the best places to shop — all specifically for you while you’re here in Granada.

So read, enjoy, check out some of our extra links, and if you have any more questions feel free to contact us!


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