In a nation filled with architectural marvels and exciting activities guaranteed to banish those office blues, Granada stands out. And it’s all thanks to the trump cards it holds in its possession. The massive, awe inspiring palace complex known as Alhambra is undoubtedly one of the city’s main attractions while the Sierra Nevada with its ski station is also pretty impressive in a nation few associate with wintery climes.  The exquisite Granada Charterhouse and the Science Park also add to the city’s list of venues worth exploring. Situated to the east of Seville and to Malaga’s north east, the city which is located in the province of Andalusia lies close to the Mediterranean coast. Whether you are visiting for the first time or returning to bask in more of Spain’s allure, there can be no doubt that this city with so much to see, do and admire, is one of the jewels in its crown.

No matter what part of Spain you happen to be visiting, arriving at the city of the red fort is pretty easy, thanks to its excellent transport network and flight services. The city’s Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport is located 12 km away although most visitors approaching the city tend to land at the much larger Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. Spain’s AVE high speed trains are the best option for arriving from cities which are pretty far off and are typically capable of arriving in Granada from Barcelona in less than three hours. A trip from Madrid, on the other hand usually takes between four and five hours.

The best choice of transport for navigating Granada is bus, especially since they ply routes close to most of the city’s best spots. There is Beijing’s Great Wall, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and Rome’s Coliseum. Then there is Granada’s Alhambra. This vast, palatial complex is a testimony to the opulence and prestige Granada enjoyed centuries ago with its intricate decorative detail and lofty towers.  During your visit, you will also be able to admire panoramic views of this historic city as well as the gardens and fountains among which the rulers of Granada once strolled.

It isn’t very often that Spain is considered as a viable choice for a skiing holiday.  But the great news is that you don’t have to choose between gliding down slopes of beautiful powdery snow and basking in the warm, glorious sunshine while enjoying all the delights Spain has to offer. And it’s all thanks to the Sierra Nevada Mountains which is just an hour away from the city and its skiing station which opens from December to April. And while you are there you will get to admire the mountain’s natural flora and even visit beach towns close by to enjoy a tranquil swim in the sea.