Parque de la Ciencias
The futuristic Parque de la Ciencias is Granada's Science Park Museum. It is located in the new part of town, over a very large area (over 30000 square metres). It contains five main interactive exhibition rooms which are dedicated one each to the history of the universe, the planetarium with astronomical information, the history of Earth, physics, and a room especially designed for very young children.
Although the exhibition is aimed towards young people and students/schools, it is interesting for adult, too - though maybe not a priority. The park is located on Avenida del Mediterrneo; don't worry, you'll recognise it by it tall observation-tower (in the photo). The opening times are the following: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 19.00, Sundays 10.00 - 15.00. On Monday it is closed. Take Bus 1 or 5 (to the Park) to get there.
Granada in Springtime
Visiting Granada in March was a pretty time with trees in blossoms of pink and white, and spring flowers around the hilltops and gardens.
Id been previously in August which was hot and dry but still of course very pretty and the Las Alpujarras not far from Granada was still beautiful with vegetation still looking lush and colourful.Related to:
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Rough camping in rural Southern Spain
October 2007 I walked from Granada to Algeciras via the Mulhacen mnt, rough camping most of the way; I was never challenged, but kept to discrete sites, usual rules. Bars good for water,loos,good cffee and tapas. Great way to learn Spanish ( no English) and see real Spain. Water difficult in mid section, before and after Rondo valley. The GR7(E4) path is good thru the Alpuharras but peters out 50 K west of Granada. However side rds are quiet and the Sierras down to the Med are fantastic. Beware Spanish cartographers, he completely lost the plot around the motorways halfway, and at the end led me to the wrong side of an unbridged estuary. Great view of the rock of Gibralter, paddled in the Med, but never got to walk into Algeciras itself.Related to:
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Parque Federico Garcia Lorca
The beautiful Federico Garcia Lorca park was the first place we visited in Granada. It was lunchtime by the time we had arrived in Granada and after checking into our hotel we asked the lady running the hotel for suggestions for a good place for a picnic. She recommended this park which was about 100 metres south of the hotel (just below Camino de Ronda in the south of the city).
We bought picnic supplies in the supermarket beside the hotel and had a lovely lunch in the park. The weather was fine, the food was good and Federico Garcia Lorca park was a nice place to begin our visit to Granada. The park wasn't too busy. There were locals walking their dogs and students studying on benches. It was much quieter than other parts of the city we would see later that day.
The park takes its name from the early 20th century poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who died in Granada, at the age of 31, after being shot by Nationalist soldiers in the Spanish Civil War.
Many historians think that Granada was named after the Spanish word for Pomegranate. The fruit is one of the symbols of the city and appears in the cities coat of arms. The pomegranate can also be seen on almost every street in the city on top of the bollards which mark pedestrian passages. These can be very easy to miss!
Hospital San Juan de Dios
The Hospital San Juan de Dios contains one of Granada's most hidden and beautiful sites. Inside the main hospital entrance there is a large courtyard which contains lovely frescoes, a fountain and some impressive tiling.
The building dates from the 16th century and still retains its original function as a hospital. Visitors can look around the courtyard but should respect the privacy of staff and patients by not venturing any further.
Hidden villages in the Lecrin Valley
Just 20 mins drive, south of Granada, direction Motril, you will find a whole load of small, white villages, each with their own character and charm, dotted throughout the Lecrin Valley.
Known as the 'Valley of Happiness', this is a beautiful area full of heart-stoping gorges, vast pine forests, row upon row of almond, olive, orange & lemon trees and with breath-taking views of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada.
Many of these villages appear to have changed little over the last few 100yrs - mules still meander through the streets and fresh produce is driven around the 17 or so villages, sounding a horn to alert locals that theyve arrived to do business.
I only did a whistle stop tour this week but will be returning to my particular favourites, Restabal and Melegis (which has the most amazing viewpoint sculpted by an artist from Zaragoza). I will report back with more findings.
Parque de el Triunfo/Fuente del Triunfo
At the end of Gran Via de Colon you will find Parque del Triunfo, which is a parque newly restored and a very nice spot in the center of the city. All though it is close to the sounds of the cars it is a nice break from the normal city scene.
The Park have recently gone through big changes and now have a rather modernistic look, but it is still a nice place to enjoy a cold beer or maybe cool down your feets in one of the fountains ;)
Jardines del Triunfo (Gardens of Triumph)
I happened upon this garden as I was walking west on the Gran Via de Colon. I thought perhaps the building in the background was something of importance but it doesn't appear on any of my maps so all I can tell you is that I think it's a religious building of some sort, perhaps a convent or a monastery?
The gardens were built on the site of the old bullring in 1960. It seemed like a nice place to have a seat for a bit with lots of nice trees (although not much shade), shrubs, fountains and a monument to the Triumph of the Virgin.
Monasterio de San Jeronimo
I stumbled upon the Monasterio de San Jeronimo quite by accident, I was out wandering around the Old Arab Quarter and decided to take a look along the Gran via de Colon and I thought I was heading back to the hotel.....
If I had checked my guidebook I would have realized you could go inside!!!!
A few facts: the Monastery dates back to the 16th century, it was the first monastery to be founded by Ferdinand and Isabella following the Reconquista, designed by Diego de Siloe. If you should happen to think to go inside (duh!), you may find beautiful stone carvings and a spectacular interior.
Closed for siesta in the afternoon, open from 10-1:30 and from 3-6 pm. Cost to enter is 3E.
Drying barns in the Vega
If you're planning to drive out and explore the many villages scattered throughout the fertile valley surrounding Granada, you may well be puzzled by some strange looking buildings and spend time with your travelling companions arguing about what they could be used for!
One of the products grown in this area is tabacco (I was more surprised by the cotton fields tho!). There are numerous 'open weave' buildings, the originals are pictured here, the more modern version are built in brick and they are used for drying the tabacco leaves. When growing, tabacco looks like tall cabbages!
Lake at Bermejales
If you were dropped here blindfolded, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in an alpine region of Europe. It is so beautiful, green hills, sparkling clear blue water backed by stunning snow-capped mountains. The lake has a pebble 'beach' surrounded by pine forests. This is a great walking/picnic area and close enough to Granada city for a great day out. Avoid Sundays, it will be packed to the brim with locals.
Take Alhama de Granada turn-off from A92. 'Embalse de Bermejales' is sign posted.
Pomegranates are everywhere in Granada, on floors, adorning walls, carved into stonework and doors and even sticking up in the street for unsuspecting tourists to walk into and bruise their shins
when you visit Granade look carefully and see how many different typse of things you can see with the pomegranate symbol on them, you find them in the most unexpected places
the pomegranate symbollises fertilityRelated to:
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Realejos is the old jewish neighbourhood in Granada - it is on the opposite side of Alhambra from Albaiczin.
It is not quite as charming as the Albaiczin, but is worth a visit. Realejos is also filled will small narrow streets, old charming buildings, and if you get to the Campo del Principe you will be able to enjoy a beer and tapas while enjoying the view of the plaza and the hotel Alhambra on the hillside.Related to:
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Carrera del Darro
Take a walk following the river from Plz. Nueva is a nice and impressive area of Granada - the newly restored area where the bars/restaurants have put up their chairs and table for you to be able to enjoy the view of the Alhambra while dinning.
Right after the "bar-area" you can cross the river (turning right) and take the "cuesta de los chinos" up till the Alhambra, which is a very nice alternative route going to the Alhambra - instead of always going up the Cuesta de Gomérez.Related to:
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