Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published January 28th 2017
As the sun beats down on this beautiful city, the golden sand on the beach is hot enough to burn the soles of the feet.
This historic city is host to countless renowned monuments, together with fascinating areas in every nook and cranny. The winding streets are linked through mighty buildings, gardens and fountains.
Houses fight for space on the street, and with no gardens due to the exhausting heat, further room for even more houses is permitted. This adds to the busy nature of the city and its outskirts, giving each and every street its own personality.
The city stands at the foot of Spain's largest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, which in summer is a glorious venue for mountain walks, yet in winter is a skiing paradise. This adds to the fact that Granada truly is like no other city in Spain, or the rest of the world for that matter.
The world-famous Alhambra stands proud in the centre of Granada, which includes numerous examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture. The Cathedral, along with many other churches around it, are further examples of the Christian monuments that line the entire city.
The north of the city is the Sacromonte Hill, home to the large gypsy community that habitat the caves. The intimate cortijos are spread on the outskirts of the city, allowing the locals to relax and take a break from the busy city life in the centre.
It is famous for its endless line of tapas bars, which provide small snacks accompanying drinks, more than likely an ice cold beer brewed right in the city itself. The bars that occupy the streets add to the busy nightlife, producing a vibrant and warm atmosphere.
Granada is at the tip of the south of Spain, but is highly worth the trip.