Many visitors rate Granada city breaks higher than Barcelona and Sevilla, not only because of the magnificent location below the Sierra Nevada mountains, but also because there is so much to see and do in Granada, you can even go skiing in the mountains only 32 kilometers away from the city center, or go swimming on a Mediterranean beach only 100 kilometers away from Granada.
Granada is best known for its the simply unforgettable Moorish fortress and palace of the Alhambra built in the 13th and 14th century. The Alhambra is probably the best known tourist attraction in all of Spain. Other essential short break sights include the spectacular Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral and Royal Chapel; the splendid monastery; El Banuelo - the 1,000 year old historic baths of Granada with Moorish origin; the Gypsy area of Sacromonte, where the traditional Granada flamingo shows took place; and the muslim quarter, Albaicin, with a fascinating labyrinth of quiet narrow streets and whitewashed houses and secluded inner gardens.
Granada is also a very lively university city, known for its tapas bars, restaurants, music, flamingo and night life that goes on until the early hours of the morning.
Since Granada Airport opened up to some of the budget airlines city breaks has now become more accessible for for those living in countries with direct flight connection to Granada (the UK, Germany, France and Italy). If there isn't a service operating from near you, the fly to Malaga, it is only about 1½ hours journey to Granada by road.