At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains lies one of the most interesting cities in Eastern Andalusia. As well as its impressive Al-Andalus heritage, there are Renaissance architectural gems and the most modern facilities, fit for the 21st century. Granada has an unmistakable Moorish essence, due to the fact that it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. The gastronomy, craftwork and urban planning are influenced by its glorious past. Fountains, viewpoints and "cármenes", houses surrounded by typical gardens of this city, create unforgettable corners in the city. It is no surprise that one of its old neighbourhoods, the Albaicín, has been awarded the World Heritage designation, together with the Alhambra and Generalife. It was an important cultural centre for many centuries, under the Moors and the Christians too, and nowadays it boasts a broad cultural and leisure programme. Thanks to its great communications, its marvellous climate, its beaches, and its snowy mountains, Granada is a unique destination for cultural, adventure and study travel.
Film, music or theatre festivals are complemented with permanent or travelling exhibitions on all fields of knowledge. Old Renaissance palaces hold seminars, conferences and discussions, while the most innovative infrastructures are prepared for great events. Granada’s rich heritage continues in the exhibitions and collections of the most prestigious museums.
The privileged location of Granada, together with the mild climate, are the perfect conditions to do many sports both on the field and in contact with nature.
The Sierra Nevada mountain range has the highest peaks in mainland Spain (Mulhacén - 3,482 m, and Veleta - 3,392 m), and a national park, which is also a Biosphere Reserve. It is covered in snow almost all year round, which causes a system of torrents, rivers and streams that irrigate mountains, ravines and valleys, and also creates many aquifers and springs.The mountains are also the perfect setting for snow sports - at the Sierra Nevada ski resort. More than 100 kilometres of pistes and a wide offer of leisure activities including indoor swimming pools and ice rinks are all available in the mountains.
To discover the aquatic environment, northern Granada offers a visit to the Cueva del Agua, while, to the south of the province, the immense, beautiful beaches of the Costa Tropical unfold. Water sports can be enjoyed all year round, thanks to the area’s microclimate.
With start dates every Monday and programs ranging from 2 to 52 weeks, you can study whenever suits you best.
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Granada is a high-spirited and lively city, which is why it connects so perfectly with young people.
A programme full of fiestas and festivals. Granada has an important university and many students live in the city - thanks to this there are many leisure activities for young people. The programme at cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and exhibition halls is completed with many festivals that are celebrated in the city. But you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy leisure in Granada. Any time is a good time to experience one of the most deeply-rooted traditions in the city: going out for tapas.
Although this tradition is present in many other Spanish cities - when they serve a small portion of regional food with your drink - in Granada it is considered to be an art. Moorish aromas pervade these tasting sessions, as well as many restaurants and tea shops. On warm nights in Granada you can have a drink at a terrace in one of the squares, go for tapas in bars.
Young people travelling with the ISIC international youth card, and with the student card, will enjoy discounts in many museums and exhibitions. They will also get a reduced price on city bus tickets.
Sports lovers will be able to do all kinds of sports at the Municipal Sports Arena, or go to Sierra Nevada Mountains to have a go at snow sports and hiking. The Costa Tropical, with vast sandy beaches, is an exceptional spot to do water sports. But if you don’t fancy leaving the city, you can relax in the Arab baths, which are part of the thermal water tradition in Granada.