Granada city life
Part fortress, part palace, and part water garden, Granada is a splendid city, with a matchless combination of Spanish, Moorish and modern European cultures. When you're not studying, you can take advantage of the many musical events, tourist and architectural attractions, and recreational activities in Granada.
Granada is the city of great cultural, historical and gastronomic traditions, and the home of three UNESCO World Heritage sites – Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin.
Granada is located halfway between the sea and the mountain. Granada is only 40 minutes from the Mediterranean coast, with several major tourist sites (Motril, Almuñécar and Salobreña), and 30 minutes from one of Europe’s prime ski resorts, Sierra Nevada.
The city of Granada has a significant number of parks and gardens: Campo del Príncipe Gardens, Gardens of the Royal Hospital, Gardens of the Triumph, Calle Elvira, or the Zaidín Park.
Other major landmarks in Granada include: the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, Plaza Isabel la Catolica, Monastery of La Cartuja, Monastery of San Jerónimo, Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park), Palace of Charles V, Corral del Carbón, Palacios Nazaries, the Gigantones fountain, and more.
Main shopping areas in Granada include Puerta Real, Calle Mesones and the Centro Comercial Neptuno. Take into account the Spanish siesta, when most shops close between 13:00 to 17:00 in the afternoon.
International atmosphere in Granada
Born from a mixture of cultures, Granada takes its diversity further by receiving thousands of foreign students and over 2 million tourists from all around the world. Each year the city attracts over 10,000 foreign students, including over 2,000 European students through the Erasmus programme. You will find numerous international networking opportunities while studying abroad in Granada, even though the expat community here is quite small.
Granada has a fairly temperate climate, with hot summers, short but cold winters, and a mild amount of precipitation. The average temperatures in the summer rise to 26°C (79°F), while in the winter temperatures can drop to 7°C (45°F). Though Granada has 250 days of sunlight, you will need a jacket and warm clothing from about November to April.