The capital of the Andalusian province, Granada has long been synonymous with its most cherished landmark, the Alhambra. A vast Moorish palace and fortress complex, this legendary array of buildings and their sprawling gardens has looked down from its perch for centuries and has long been the reason that travelers would come from far and wide. Everything you do in Granada, whether it be authentic flamenco in homes actually carved into the hill-side (Sacromonte), tapas excess anywhere near Plaza Nuevo or Calle Elvira or strolling the contemporary Puerta Real, it will be in the often literal shadow of the Alhambra. Just don't let the Alhambra, which along with the adjacent Generalife may take at least a day of your time, overshadow the medley of adventures that can be had in and around Granada. Not when this city's geographic position is one of it's greatest assets.
One facet of it's location smack dab in the middle of Andalusia is that plenty of southern Spain's modern cultural centers (Málaga, Seville, Córdoba) are within a few hours' drive. Beyond the basic cathedrals and plazas, you'll encounterancient Roman cities, imposing castles like that which overlooks the town of Jaen (Santa Catalina), or even idyllic mountain refuges like Ronda, where Spain's oldest bullfighting arena still resides. There's much more to be explored on our culture page.
More salient to our interests, however, are the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Costa del Sol (Almuñecar, Tarifa) and the off-the-beaten-path adventure gems that will make you wonder why you'd ever pack your hiking boots/surf board/scuba gear/headlamp/survival pack for anywhere else (the Tabernas Desert, Cabo de Gata, Sierra Mágina Natural Park, etc.). From skydiving to spelunking to your basic day hikes in enveloping natural beauty, Granada is one of the best places to visit if you're looking to get your adventure fix.
When all else fails, there are the ubiquitous tapas bars, which deftly meld the best of Granada nightlife and cuisine into one entirely social pastime. And don't be afraid to show up any time of the year, because there is always something to do in or around Granada, no matter the season. Are you thinking you want to avoid the larger cities like Madrid and Barcelona and still be close to a lot of great activities? Then visit the heart of Andalucia: Granada.