Tourist guide of Granada
Monuments in Granada
Gorafe is the site of one of the most important complexes
of dolmens in Europe (198),making it a fascinating
The province of Granada includes some 15 towns declared
to be Historic Sites due to their heritage.
The Phoenicians and Punics found here a privileged
enclave on the coast in order to carry out their commercial
activities, testimony of which is the Punic-Roman Salting
factory in Almuñécar.
The Castle of La Calahorra houses in its interior a magnificent
Renaissance Palace, the construction of which was
a veritable challenge to the late mediaeval style still prevalent
at the time in Spain.
The Arab Baths of El Bañuelo (Granada) and La Judería
or Marzuela (Baza) are highly prestigious due to their age
and excellent state of conservation.
The various watchtowers which formed part of the defensive
system for the last stronghold of Al-Andalus today
crown many of the towns of the Poniente Granadino
Granada has provided the setting for numerous films such as
'Marvellous Light' and 'Death in Granada' (both based on
the figure of Lorca); 'South from Granada', by Fernando
Colomo, wholly filmed in La Alpujarra; 'Indiana Jones and
the Last Crusade', in Guadix and the Sierra de Alfaguara;
and 'Tirante el Blanco' by Vicente Aranda in La Calahorra.
A universe of culture
The province's artistic legacy is on display in its 55
museums, not to mention the hundreds of art galleries,
exhibition spaces and educational centres.
Federico García Lorca,one of the country's most universal
poets,was born on 5 June 1898 on the plains of Granada,in
a small house in Fuente Vaqueros which is today the site of
his House-Museum. Works and personal effects of the author
of Romancero Gitano and Poet in New York are also on display
in the Huerta de San Vicente Museumin the capital
and in his House in Valderrubio.
The province of Granada includes various interesting Routes
of the Legacy of Al-Andalus (Washington Irving,Almoravids
and Almohads, Nazaris and the Route of the Caliphate,
The Science Park of Granada introduces visitors to a world of
science which includes a colossal Planetarium (with a dome
measuring 10 m in diameter and 110 projectors), a viewpoint
in the form of a ship located at a height of 50 metres and a
tropical butterfly house,among other attractions.
The Festivals in the province which have been declared of Tourist Interest
are as follows: El Cascamorras (Baza and Guadix), the Festival of Los
Chiscos (Torvizcón),Moors and Christians (Zújar), the Procession of El
Dulce Nombre de Jesús (Motril),Holy Week (Granada, Loja and
Almuñécar) and the Procession of the Virgen de la Antigua (Almuñécar).
Shows in Grenada
El The International Music and Dance Festival, which has
its origins in 1883, brings together prestigious orchestras
and groups each year, along with 30,000 people from all
over the world.
Apart from the International Music and Dance Festival,
which has as its backdrop some of the most beautiful
monuments and settings in Granada, and the
International Jazz Festival, one of the longest running in
Europe, other international events include the Hocus
Pocus Magic Festival, the Jazz en la Costa Festival in
Almuñécar and the Parapanda Folk Festival in Íllora,
declared to be of National Tourist Interest.
The Moors and Christians, the Crosses of May and Holy
Week are all essential dates in the calendar of festivals
for the province.
El Flamenco in Granada is one of the hallmarks of this land, and unique
spectacles such as the zambra gitana can be enjoyed in
the caves of Sacromonte in Granada.