Granada: Suggested Itinerary
A City in the Southern province of Andalucia
Day 1: Granada is the kind of city you can visit many times and still discover new corners. The capital of Andalusia, its streets and plazas are charged with history and culture, causing you to lose all sense of time. Stroll up and down following the shadow of the city’s famous writer García Lorca, let yourself be carried away by the sound of music and the scent of flowers. Get lost in the Albaicín, the Moorish quarter and authentic architectural jewel of picturesque corners and fascinating cultural diversity. Granada by night means bars, restaurants and hubbub. Try the range of exquisite cuisine: tapas, pescaítos fritos (fried fish) or gazpacho (a refreshing chilled soup) are just some of the local specialities on offer.
Day 2: The magical kingdom of the Alhambra is a must-see when in Granada. The patios and gardens transport the visitor to a setting straight from The Thousand and One Nights. Alongside the palaces you’ll find the Generalife, an enclosure of intimate gardens which exude a sense of calm and which fill the air with the scent of abundant flowers. Afterwards the route continues. Leave the Andalusian capital behind and make your way to the magical region of la Alpujarra on the steep slopes on the southern face of the Sierra Nevada. From Lanjarón, world-famous for its mineral water, head towards the famous Barranco del Poqueira – valley, consisting of three fascinating white villages: Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira. The panoramic views and roof terraces of the typical houses are of another time. A good way to familiarize yourself with the region’s customs and traditions is to visit one of the small local museums.
Day 3: There is still time to enjoy the wonderful hiking possibilities of Alpujarra. Or go admire the vineyards of the region, known for the height at which they are located: at 1,300 metres, the vines grow on the highest cultivated land in the Iberian Peninsula. One more visit remains before returning homeward. The Puerto de la Ragua mountain reaches its summit at 2,042 meters above sea level. A spectacular alpine landscape unfolds before your eyes, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The sense of achievement in reaching such heights and witnessing such panoramas is sure to be a true highlight of your trip.
Day 4: The Alpujarra region boasts many fine walking routes. After a morning in the great outdoors, enjoy the best of traditional, local cuisine. The best known dish is the Trevélez ham, but also well worth trying are the different variations of Spanish sausage, the goats’ cheese and the delicious pastries. A bottle of wine or a jar of the local honey; ideal gifts to take back home! Discover also the region’s craftwork, fruit of a long lasting cultural tradition. Pottery and ceramic ware, textiles and upholsteries, basket and wicker ware... A good way to get to know the region’s customs and traditions is to visit one of the local museums.