Granada, Last Stronghold of the Moors.
When the Moors arrived from the deserts of North Africa in the 13th century, they were awestruck by the lush landscape of Granada.
At the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, abundant water from the Río Darro ensured rich vegetation and agriculture.
The Moors built the remarkable hilltop fortress of the Alhambra here. Overflowing fountains were placed all over the grounds as a symbol of wealth. A masterpiece of Islamic design, the Alhambra is resplendent with gorgeous landscaping, rose gardens, and water lanes.
Granada continued to flourish as a Moorish city until the 15th century. When the Catholic Monarchs reconquered the city in 1491. Granada was the only remaining stronghold of Moorish rule in Andalusia.
It is said that the last Sultan Boabdil wept when taking in his final glimpse of the beautiful landscape.
The Alhambra along with the Albaicín district are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their cultural and historic value.
To delve deeper into the city’s Arabic heritage, visit the Alcaicería, the colorful Arab Spice Market, and then get a pampering spa treatment at the Hammam Al Andalus, traditional Arab Baths.
Other must-see sights include the Renaissance Cathedral and the adjoining Capillo Real where the Catholic Monarchs are buried. High on the list of top experiences is watching authentic flamenco performed by locals in a Gypsy cave on the Sacromonte.