Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers. It is only one hour by car from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical. It is a popular destination for travellers interested in arts and culture, history and the outdoors.
The city was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors and their legacy lies all around: it’s in the horseshoe arches, the spicy aromas emanating from street stalls, the teterías (teahouses) of the Albayzín, the historic Arab quarter. Most spectacularly, of course, it’s in the Alhambra, an astonishing palace complex whose Islamic decor and landscaped gardens are without peer in Europe.
The Alhambra is the most renowned building of the Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the tourist cities of Spain. The Almohad influence on architecture is also preserved in the Granada neighborhood called the Albaicín with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction. The Alhambra of Granada is the most popular monument in Spain, about 2,7 million people visit the Alhambra every year. It became Unesco World Heritage Site in 1984.
There’s also an energy to Granada’s streets, packed as they are with bars, student dives, bohemian cafes and intimate flamenco clubs, and it’s this as much as the more traditional sights that leaves a lasting impression.
Head to this historic basilica, built between 1737 and 1759, for a blinding display of opulent baroque decor. Barely a square inch of its interior lacks embellishment, most of it in gleaming gold and silver. Frescos by Diego Sánchez Sarabia and the Neapolitan painter Corrado Giaquinto adorn the ceilings and side chapels, while up above, the basilica's dome soars to a height of 50m.
The area, centred on the Camino del Sacromonte, is good for an idle stroll, yielding some great views, particularly from the Vereda de Enmedio, which overlooks the Alhambra and Albayzín. For some local insight, stop off at the Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte where you can see what a traditional cave home once looked like. The diligent can then press on to the Abadía de Sacromonte at the top of the hill, to explore some catacombs and underground cave chapels.
Arrive in Granada by flights and coach
Guided tour around Granada, the Arab quarters, the Alhambra, the Basilica, Palacios Nazaries
Spanish Tuition and Flamenco Lesson
Visit to the Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte
Day trip to Malaga. Visit Picasso Museum and explore the historic quarter
Depart Granada for trip home
Prices from £350 per student
Price based on a 5-day trip for 40 students and 4 group leaders, excluding flights. All trips are subject to availability.
AVAILABLE AT THIS DESTINATION
- Cultural Excursions
- Homestay accommodation
- Language Lessons
- Hotel/Hostel Accommodation
- Coach transfer from the school to UK airport. Return flights to Granada.
- Private coach for the full duration of the trip once you arrive at the airport.
- Public transport travel card if required.
- Stay with local host families in Granada.
- Hostel/hotel accommodation is available with half board or full board options.
- Language tuition with qualified Spanish teachers. Lessons can be tailored to the level of the student’s current ability and included chosen topics selected by the group leaders.