The red stone city of Granada is a real marvel to behold, especially during the evening hours when the sun dips behind the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the lights of the Alhambra Palace are in full beam. The city, which is the capital of its namesake, Granada Province, is found in the east of Andalucia between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Costa del Sol beaches.
There is an enormous amount to see and do in Granada, details of which are far too detailed to be able to mention here, but there are many cheap Granada guides to be found, and if you have already reached your accommodation in Granada, the tourist information centre is very well organised, and information and ideas for entertainment in Granada is easily obtained. The story of the Kingdom of Granada is one which is cannot fail to intrigue, and there is plenty of information to decipher whilst enjoying a coffee or beer in one of the many atmospheric and scenic pavement cafes and bars throughout the city.
The long history of Granada has resulted in the town becoming a veritable maze of narrow, twisting streets which suddenly erupt into impressive open squares without a moments warning. The Red Hill walk through the city takes in some of the most interesting views of the city, including much of the unique Hispano-Moorish art from the Nasrid culture which sprung up in Granada.
Life in accommodation in Granada is not all about discovery of days gone by. In taking a Granada holiday rental property you get the chance to enjoy life in the mountains. The ski resort of Estacion Sierra Nevada is the southernmost ski resort in Europe, and is well within reach of a Granada holiday home. The ski season from a Granada holiday rental lasts from late November until April, despite its southerly location.
During the summer, a holiday cottage in Granada or the outskirts means you can get a round of golf with ease. The 18 hole Granada Golf course boasts some amazingly wide fairways and surprising obstacles, offering a testing round for any standard of golfer. As long as you arrive at your Granada holiday cottage, villa or apartment with a handicap certificate, you are almost guaranteed a tee off time. You can also go swimming, horse-riding, mountain biking (bikes can be hired for around £4 a day), play tennis or even para-gliding from accommodation in Granada.
Upon your arrival in Granada accommodation, you will probably notice the heat, and unless you are lucky enough to be staying in a Granada villa with a pool, you may be tempted to head down to the beaches of the Costa del Sol. Luckily, the world-class beaches of Salobrena, Almunecar and La Herradura are within half an hours drive of a Granada property, and there are regular bus services connecting the two.
Granada holidays are made even more special by the glorious climate. Blessed with an average of 250 days of sunshine every year, even Granada holidays skiing are a shirt sleeve affair. Summer temperatures average around 32˚C, whilst in winter, averages are closer to around 11˚C.
Despite its remote location, holiday rental accommodation in Granada is very easily reached from the UK. Granada International Airport (GRX) is located just 12km from the very centre of town, which receives direct flights from Stansted (STN), Liverpool (LPL) and East Midlands (EMA), provided by Ryanair.