There’s an Arabic inscription that captures the essence of Granada in a few words: “There is nothing so sad as to be blind in Granada.” The perspicacity of this declaration becomes obvious as soon as you penetrate the austere walls of the Alhambra and take in the full majesty of the architecture, carvings and fountains of the Nasrid palaces. Your ticket (which should be bought well in advance following the instructions on the attraction’s website) also affords entry to the Renaissance Palace of Carlos V and to the exquisite gardens of the Generalife. If you are celebrating a special event, or are in the market for a splurge, you can stay in the lovely Parador, right on site. Make your way down into the city via the atmospheric old quarter of the Albaicin, with its tiny craft shops and restaurants, and head for the Cathedral and Royal Chapel. Also plan a visit to the crypt for the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabella, the instigators of Spain’s imperial adventures to the New World and beyond. It’s worth making the short journey out of town to visit the Monasterio Cartuja, a fabulous Carthusian monastery in the baroque style. Admirers of the poet Lorca should make the effort to visit the Casa-Museo Federico Garcia Lorca in Fuente Vaqueros, about 11 miles from the city centre.
Restaurants in Province of Granada
5.0 based on 49 reviews
We booked this fairly last minute after our friends said they were visiting some Arabic baths - after looking at reviews for that one we found this instead which seems like a real hidden gem; great value and less busy. We phoned to book the Granada ritual and totally recommend it. The staff are friendly and professional, the baths themselves are beautiful and peaceful (by luck we had them to ourselves) and the scrub, massage and clay rub were so relaxing. The tea and sweets were a great touch. Even if you don’t have a private room ritual it would be a lovely visit but the ritual was perfect especially after a few days of skiing! Overall a wonderful experience - absolutely recommend.
4.5 based on 2,778 reviews
As in its origin, the Arab baths are made up three spaces created by water pools at different temperatures and which give their name to the hot, warm and cold rooms. Each client is free to choose their own route through these spaces while respecting our team´s guidelines for use in order to enjoy an optimun experience of tradition.The route, which is accompained by Andalusian music, is completed with the steam room, the relaxation room - where clients can enjoy a typical tea - and the hot stone room, in which they can receive a massage or Ritual of their choice.Our clients feel transported in time and allow themselves to be guided on a journey through the exotic sensuallity of the mythical Al Andalus. Upon leaving, the Alhambra greets them only a few metres away with a vision that rounds off their experience of the past.
Came out of here feeling totally relaxed and chilled, a wonderful experience. My massage was great, the lady masseuse asking me how firm she should be; my hamstrings were tired beforehand as Granada is hilly, and much better afterwards. The pools are tranquil, the water lovely, and overall a great experience. The changing rooms aren't huge, but this wasn't an issue for me. Expensive but worth every penny, just delightful. Staff were helpful and kept us informed, the time goes too quickly.
3.5 based on 18 reviews
Graena Spa is located only 30 min away from Granada, and is one of the oldest spas in Spain. Now, is one of the most famous spas in Andalusia. It was built above spring water with healthy efects due to its natural properties since the Middle Ages. Our comfort facilities are perfect if you want to take a Hamman bath inside a historic building with all guaranteeds. New! On summer 2016 is going to open next to the Spa, a four stars hotel called Hotel Balneario de Graena, with full adapted facilities supervised by Ilunion. Other facilities: 59 rooms, bar, restaurant, common areas, car park, meeting rooms.... etc. Graena is well located near by the motorway to go to Granada, Jaén, Murcia or Almería. More information soon.
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