Granada is a great place to buy your new home, property prices are still relatively cheap compared to other places in Andalucia. This region of Andalucia is becoming more and more popular with buyers and holiday makers who are fed up with the Costa del Sol and other such places. It's easy to see why, Granada is packed with so much history, excellent beaches, beautiful scenery, white washed villages, friendly people and of course the Alhambra.
The Costa Tropical is so-called because of the production of hot-climate crops such as custard apples, avocados and mangoes that are grown along its shores. The coastline is hilly and cliff-lined, with many beautiful views, and the towns along the coast are attractive. They are often old defensive towns, and have some good examples of watchtowers and castles. Salobreña is a lovely town, with the old part set on a hillside underneath a castle. Almuñecar is a larger town, with a castle and plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and nightlife. La Herradura is a pretty town with a sheltered beach, and is known for its water sports. This is an excellent coastline with beautiful weather and waters, but has the attraction of being quieter and less-developed than other Costas.
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One of Granada city's most famous landmarks is the stunning Alhambra Palace. Its beauty and history is fascinating and, as satisfying as a visit around the Alhambra is, the views of the Palace from many areas of Granada are also amazing, especially at sunset. Granada city has so much history that it is a remarkable place to visit, or to live. The old Islamic quarter, the Albayzin, seems like a step back in time with its narrow streets and tall buildings, and the Cathedral and Capilla Real are also beautiful historic monuments. Granada city also has plenty of modern-day attractions too, with a good nightlife, plenty of bars and cafes, a variety of restaurants, and excellent shops. All this is surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada backdrop of snow-clad mountains and lofty peaks.
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This is a fascinating and beautiful region, steeped in history and seemingly untouched by time. It is an area full of white-washed villages, dramatic gorges, wonderful walks, amazing views, deep ravines, quiet old churches and village squares, bustling markets, and friendly welcoming people. The area contains many beautiful, and often remote, villages like Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira all clinging to a hillside overlooking a dramatic gorge. There are also busy market towns like Orgiva and Lanjaron. The town of Trevelez is famous for its hams and for often being called the highest village in Spain. This seems to be an area that shows the more traditional Spanish way of life, away from the busy coastal resorts, and is in a beautiful setting with several mountain ranges and rivers.
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This region includes the two highest mountains in mainland Spain; Mulhacen and Veleta. It is a beautiful and dramatic mountain range and National Park area, with some parts still covered in snow well into the summer months. There is a world-famous ski station here, and the ski season lasts from December to April/early May. The Sierra Nevada region is also beautiful walking country. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada contain many small villages, set in picturesque surroundings and all with fascinating histories. Some of these include Huetor Vega which is recognised for its archaeological finds, Cenes de la Vega and Pinos Genil which are well-known areas for the growing of almond trees, Guejar Sierra which offers a wide range of outdoor activities, and El Charcon which is the starting points for many walks.
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This is an area with a rich history, and is a fascinating place to explore. It has famous archaeological sites such as the Pena de los Gitanos which has megalithic remains, and Sierra Martilla which has some fascinating dolmens (burial chambers). Its defensive history can also be clearly seen, with many castles (a fine example is at Montefrio), watchtowers (especially at Moclin), and high, seemingly unapproachable rockfaces (such as at the town of Alhama which stands on top of a rockface). There are also plenty of outdoor pursuits available and the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park is a lovely place to visit with a great choice of walks and wildlife.
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This area is famous for its cave-dwellings, and about 3000 people live in these fascinating underground homes. The town of Guadix has many examples of cave-dwellings and you can wander around the streets, with often only a white chimney poking up to reveal the location of a home underneath the rock. The town also has a dramatic 10th-11th century castle, the Alcazaba, and a lovely cathedral. The towns of Pinar and Iznalloz also have fascinating cave-dwellings, and both are also recognised for their contribution to historical finds with discoveries such as human remains and cave paintings. The village of La Calahorra is also an interesting place to visit, with its huge castle which was built in the early 1500s. There are also many other lovely small villages, surrounded by beautiful rivers and rows of chestnuts trees.
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Much of this area used to be a huge glacial lake and there have been many fascinating fossilied finds of creatures such as mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers, giant hyenas, and buffalos. Further historical finds have been discovered at the village of Orce with the most famous being part of a bone believed to be from the oldest known human in Europe. The town of Baza is also worth a visit, particularly with its 16th century church and its old Arab baths. The nearby Sierra de Baza Natural Park is a mountainous and beautiful region full of historical finds such as cave paintings, and wildlife such as eagles, goshawks, owls, wildcats, and badgers. Huescar is an old stately town, full of cultural importance, and many of its old stately homes have coats of arms that reveal a fascinating history. The town of Castril is famous for having the longest and deepest cave in the region, and is near the Sierra de Castril Natural Park which has dramatic limestone gorges and rockfaces, and is home to an abundance of birdlife such as vultures, falcons, and eagles.
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