Granada: culture, snow and beaches
The city of Granada is undoubtedly the pearl of the province of the same name. However, once visited, there are two very pleasant excursions within an hour of the capital: the Sierra Nevada National Park and the beaches of the Costa Tropical. Yes, you read that right: culture, snow and beaches, all in one place. Granada has a lot to offer!
For your base of operations, however, your best choice is the centre of Granada. The beautiful Hotel Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa, full of charm, will be perfect for this; although those who prefer something more informal can also opt for the Sercotel Granada Suites, our four-key flats also located in the heart of the city.
From either of them, you will be able to navigate perfectly through this city of infinite wonders: the arabesque streets of the Albaicín, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the flamenco tablaos of the Cuevas del Sacromonte; the tempting tapas of Calle Elvira and Plaza Nueva; the beautiful Paseo de los Tristes...
And, of course, the Alhambra. Also declared a World Heritage Site, it is a complex of palaces and gardens resplendent especially when viewed at sunset from the Mirador de San Nicolás viewpoint.
Here's a secret: you don't need to know how to ski to go to Sierra Nevada. In fact, you don't even have to try it for the first time, even if the many schools in the resort encourage you to do so.
In fact, many families and friends go up to the snowy mountains of Andalusia just for a day of fun sliding down the snow, having snowball fights or building snowmen.
They do so at La Fuente del Mirlo Blanco, a small amusement park located in the lower part of the resort, which has a unique roller coaster, a magic carpet, slides and sledges.
You'll also find it a pleasure to sit in the pretty Pradollano, the part of the resort where restaurants and little shops are crowded together, and sip a hot chocolate while enjoying the scenery.
Of course, if you have a sporty soul and want to ski, you're in the right place. The winter resort has 110.4 kilometres of skiable terrain, distributed over 131 pistes with the biggest ski slope altitude difference in Spain: 1,200 metres. And that's only 50 minutes from the centre of the capital!
Costa Tropical: the most hedonistic Granada can be enjoyed b
Roads running along impressive cliffs welcome you to the Costa Tropical. You are in the Cerro Gordo area, where the beautiful wild nudist beach of Cantarriján shines, although textiles are also invited to the party.
Its transparent waters continue in La Herradura, the adjoining sandy area, where it is a tradition, and a very tasty one, to order a good rice dish. However, if you prefer to have all the tourist attention you want, you can visit Almuñécar and its famous beach. Or continue on to Salobreña, land of mangoes, custard apples and avocados, and a perfect place for tapas and good fish.
Where you can also eat divinely is in Motril, another of the coastal towns where you'll be greeted with honours. In this paradise of sand, sea and sun, don't forget to try its leche rizadacinnamon-flavoured milkshake. Ah, here too you are only 50 minutes away from Granada.
By some geographical paradox, exactly that distance from the centre of the capital are also the famous thermal baths of Alhama, located in the Sierra de Tejeda. There, a spring feeds public swimming pools that reach 47 degrees Celsius.
Enjoy them calmly, just as the Arabs who founded their baths here did, to say goodbye to Granada, the province that has everything.