People come to Granada from all over the world to see and visit one of the world's most stunning monuments, the Alhambra. Dominating the skyline above the city, this Moorish palace was the jewel in the crown of Moorish kingdom in Spain. With it's spectacular location, high on a hill top with the Sierra Nevada mountains rising in the background, the Alhambra is highly impressive from afar. Once within its walls, there are so many delights to revel in. The ornately decorated Casa Real, the intricately adorned chambers, the leafy gardens of the Generalife and the old walls of the fortress Alcazaba are just some of the treasures within.
Above the Rio Darro, on another hilltop facing the Alhambra, is the old Moslem quarter, known as the Albaicín. Its tiny, twisting narrow streets must be trodden during your stay in Granada. An observant eye will catch much of the Islamic legacy intertwined with later-built edifices. You'll also find some excellent small museums, such as the archaeological museum, as well as some inviting restaurants and tapas bars. For the views of the Alhambra, head towards the Mirador de San Nicolás.
Granada was also home to Spain's most famous poet Lorca, whose childhood home is now a charming museum in the village of Fuente Vaqueros, 17km. Also in the province of Granada lie the increasingly popular Las Alpujarras, these remote valleys lying south of the city.
The busiest beaches of Spain are along the Costa del Sol, which is good if you're seeking atmosphere and fun. There are quiet, picturesque beaches but they are hard to find.