Investing in Granada Real Estate
is a very special place in southern Spain. People who buy in this region have historic cities, the world heritage site of the Alhambra palace which was built by the Moors when they ruled most of Spain, mountain ranges and stunning beaches on the Costa Tropical within easy reach. This Spanish region is a tourism hotspot throughout the year with the beaches being the main attraction in summer while skiing in the Sierra Nevada is a popular winter pastime. It is possible to ski in the morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon, so you really do get the best of both worlds with Granada real estate. The city of Granada attracts millions of visitors throughout the year with an average of 6,600 heading for the Alhambra every day. Property for sale in Granada ranges from cave houses, country homes
, historic townhouses
to suit all price ranges.
Just south of the historic Moorish city of Granada, The Lecrin Valley is a beautiful green, orchard-covered area at the foot of the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains and within half an hour of the beautiful Costa Tropical featuring the picturesque beach resort of La Herradura. Sitting between the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean is the delightful refuge of Las Alpujarras, while in the south of the region is the historic city of Alhama de Granada
Granada Location & Lifestyle
Granada is in Andalucia in southern Spain, which is famous for its dramatic flamenco, guitar playing and tapas. The Andalucian people are rightly proud of their traditional cultures and customs with fiestas – and flamenco – being held throughout the year.
Granada city is a major draw for millions of tourists who visit the incredible Alhambra royal palace. The region also has some amazing mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada, which is an important Spanish winter ski resort. The beaches are another major attraction, ranging from large resorts to pretty little bays.
Every month, there are dozens of fiestas in towns and villages throughout the Granada region. Easter is an interesting time to visit with hooded groups taking to the streets with crosses and large statues depicting various Holy Week scenes such as the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The Easter festivities are followed by the famous May Crosses Fiesta which dates back to the 17thcentury and celebrates the arrival of May with an explosion of colour and noise in Granada city.
The squares, balconies and pavements are decorated with vibrant floral displays for this special day. Sixty days after Easter Monday, Granada celebrates its annual fair for the Feast of Corpus Christi, which dates back more than 500 years. Bullfighting, fairgrounds, fireworks and flamenco take pride of place during the festival. Last but not least, the biggest water fight in Europe is held in the famous spa town of Lanjaron in June to celebrate the Feast of St John the Baptist. The battle begins with a midnight fireworks extravaganza before revellers turn their hoses on to their fellow participants in the streets.
The cuisine ranges from meat and sausages in the rural areas to shellfish and fish freshly-caught from the sea in the coastal region. Typical dishes include tapas, which originated in Andalucia, and are small, tasty dishes such as cheese, sausages, meatballs and seafood. Serrano ham also comes from this area, which is cured and served in wafer-thin slices. Gazpacho is another speciality, which is a refreshing, cold tomato soup with pieces of cucumber, garlic and peppers.
The weather in inland Granada can be very hot in summer and can reach 40ºC while the winters can be cold and snowy. The coastal areas are milder with summers of 30ºC or more and much milder winters. The coast area enjoys 320 days of sunshine a year on average and is a fantastic place to visit at any time.
Transport in Granada
The Granada region of Andalucia in southern Spain has a very good road network with the main N340 road running the length of the coast, the main A44 linking the coast to Granada, and the A92 from Granada, around the Sierra Nevada and down to Almeria on the south east coast.
Granada has an international airport with daily flights from the UK plus national flights. Malaga airport is 133kms from Granada city and Almeria airport is 159kms away. Granada also has rail links with Spanish cities including Sevilla and Almeria. Buses go between Granada and other major cities such as Madrid.