Granada, capital of Granada province and part of Andalucia.
Population: 234.325 (2009)
The oldest remains found in Granada date from the sixth century BC.
The Romans founded the city under the name: Illibris. Its current name, Granada, was given by the Muslims in the seventh century.
In the fourteenth century under the command of kings Yusuf I and Muhammad V the Alhambra and Generalife were built.
In 1492, after the conquest of Granada by the Catholic kings a new structure was put in place.
Kings Juana la Loca and Carlos V invested large amounts of money in the maintenance and repair of the Alhambra and other historical buildings. In 1565 king Felipe decided to banish the Islam from the city resulting in the destruction of many building and the conversion of mosque into catholic churches.
Today the day this city is visited by many tourists from all over the world. The Alhambra and its El Albaycín neighbourhood are known worldwide and are both World Heritage monuments.
Thanks to its rich history that are many important monuments in Granada. Some of which:
The dishes from Granada are according to traditional Andalucian styles. Some dishes are typical for this city such as: Las gachas pimentoneras (a thick fish and paprika based soup), las Migas (a bread or cornflour based single pot dish), las papas a lo pobre (potates fried with onions, garlic and pepers), la olla de San Antón (a single pot dish, type of should with meat, string beans).
Granada is well known for its tapas, normally with every drink you have in a bar you receive a tapa for free. Typical tapas bars in Granada are: La Antigua Bodega Castañeda (in C/ Elvira, 5), La Trastienda (in C/ Cuchilleros, 11), Los Diamantes 1 (in C/ Navas, 26), etc.
Of course Granada also offers you restaurants with national and international dishes. Restaurants with traditional andalucian food are; La Metáfora, in el Realejo, el Aben Humeya, in el Albaycín, el restaurante San Nicolás, etc.
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