I visited the Andalusian city Granada (pomegranate in Spanish) while I was living in Seville, and enjoyed myself so much I later returned to live there for a year. Its a captivating city, characterised by the fascinating mixture of Spanish/Muslim architecture and its relaxed anything goes student atmosphere. Theres a whole host of reasons to holiday there (whatever your taste), and weve gathered up 5 of the best ones for you. Reasons like...
5. Sun, Sea and... Snow?
Its famously said that its possible to go skiing in Granada and then sunbathe on the beach in the same day. The city is right next to the Sierra Nevada, the highest point in all of continental Spain (the sight of the snowy peak dominates the city, providing some spectacular views), and theres some great skiing and snowboarding to be had there. Or, if youre feeling less active (which may well be the case after a night out at the local clubs), theres the nearby beach Herradura. Its beautiful but stony, so if youre in the mood for sand youll have to head to nearby Cabo de Gata, which has some of the finest beaches in Spain. Granada makes a great base if you fancy doing a bit of skiing or sunbathing in your vacation, but dont want to dedicate your whole week to it. You can also go hiking in the nearby foothills, and theres an almost endless supply of Spanish villages nearby if you fancy a day out of the city centre.
Laurence Gardner was born in Canterbury, England. After moving around various cities during his childhood, and spending some time travelling in Europe and America, he studied English Literature at Oxford University. Since then, he’s been living abroad, teaching English, learning a range of languages, and writing in his free time. He can currently be found in Heidelberg, working as an English Tutor and Translator and studying at the University. If you liked this article, follow him on Twitter to get automatic updates on his work.