Granada is the capital of the province. The city is settles on the confluence of the Darro and Genil rivers, at the base of Sierra Nevada and opening towards its fertile agricultural plain. A lively city which is full of monuments located below its most emblematic monument, the Alhambra, with more than two million people visit every year. Although its heritage is clearly distinguished, it brings together the legacy of both cultures, therefore Granada both is Moorish and Christian. It has been enriched for centuries by the Arabs, the Christians also built unique monuments, reflecting their culture through arts and science.
The course of the Darro river is the main artery from Plaza Nueva (with the Royal Chancery and the Mudejar San Gil and Santa Ana Church) until you reach the Paseo de los Tristes, marked by the Bañuelo from the 11th century; the plateresque Castril house, which hosts the Archaeological Museum and other different monuments. Opposite the Alhambra, we can find the Albaicín neighbourhood, full of little alleys and bastion of the Islamic city. It was the main area of the city during the ziri and nazari period. The Cuesta del Chapiz street goes up from the Darro river to the inner part of the city, highlighting the San Juan de los Reyes Church, with its minaret from a mosque of the 13th century. In the highest point of this area, the most outstanding places are the San Nicolás church and viewpoint with its magnificent views of the Alhambra.
The Christian part of Granada is represented by buildings such as the Royal Hospital and the Monastery of San Jerónimo from the 16th century; the San Juan de Dios church and hospital, with a Baroque style and the Sagrario Sanctuary. The Cathedral began to be built in Gothic style, followed a Renaissance floor and it was finished with a Baroque style façade. Next to the Cathedral, we can find the Royal Chapel, the Catholic Monarchs mausoleum with a flamboyant Gothic style.
Granada is also well-known because it is a university, young and modern capital.The tourist attractions of the city are full of culture, entertainment and of course gastronomy. Going out around the historical centre for tapas, which are usually served for free when you order a drink, is a real pleasure.