The province of Granada in Andalucia includes the stretch of Mediterranean coastline to the east of the Costa del Sol, known as the Costa Tropical due to its wonderful micro-climate created by the protective backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, Spain’s highest mountain range. Salobrena and Almuñecar are the main resorts, but because the mountains fall to the very edge of the sea here, there has been far less development and urban sprawl than on the Costa del Sol.
A short distance inland is the city of Granada itself. Rich in multicultural history, Granada is one of the pearls of Spain, drawing visitors on holiday or on day breaks from all over the world. The city of Granada has been shaped by the surrounding hills with steep, narrow streets, beautiful nooks and crannies, and stunning landscapes.
The new part of the Spanish city is crisscrossed by the large arteries of Gran Vía de Colón and Calle de los Reyes Católicos, where the bustling streets around the Cathedral are found. Spain’s world famous Alhambra overlooking the city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. It is certainly Granada’s most emblematic monument and one of the most visited in Spain. Situated on a hill above the centre of town, the Albaicín is an ancient Muslim neighbourhood popular with visitors on holiday or just taking a break in the area.
Among its narrow, winding streets one will find beautiful white-washed old buildings, splendid Arabic shops and restaurants, scenic gardens, and marvellous views of Granada and the Alhambra. Sacromonte, a gypsy district situated east of the Albaicín, is noted for its many cave dwellings built within the sides of the hills. The district is also famous for its flamenco shows popular with tourists and holiday makers, and the amazing views of the Alhambra. There are several golf courses in Granada which make the area perfect for golf holidays in Spain.
Situated only seven minutes away from the centre of Granada, thirty minutes from the Sierra Nevada’s ski station and the Costa Tropical, you will find Santa Clara Golf Granada, an 18 hole course with a very technical design, wide fairways, greens and tees and numerous bunkers, all of these golf courses maintained to a very high standard. The views of the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada make this a spectacular location to spend golf holidays in Spain. Granada has a small airport served by budget airlines, but nearby Malaga airport offers a greater choice of connections for most travellers, making this area an excellent option for golf breaks in Spain.