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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 Megalithic Park.
   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 Region.
   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.

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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, among others).
   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).

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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.

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