Granada is the capital city of the province of Granada, which is a part of the autonomous community know as Andalusia, Spain. It is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and is the meeting point of three major rivers in the area. It has a Mediterranean climate, which means it has warm to hot summers with minimal rainfall, and slightly cooler, wetter winters.
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Summer in Granada is always a popular time for visitors to this stunning area of the Spanish countryside, but expect the temperatures to be scorching in July and August, with little respite from rain. If you can stand the heat, then summer is the ideal time to visit!
The average mean temperature during summer in Granada is an overnight low average of 16C (60F), while the daytime high is a smoking hot 31.5C (89F).
Granada is a city that is brimming with history, so the city is an ideal place for those who love carrying a camera and wandering through historic areas for snapshots of the past. Summer in Granada is a wonderful time to visit, and there are plenty of places to visit during the hot months of the year. No matter what season you visit the city, the Alhambra dominates the tourist scene. It is a “palace city” within Granada, and was a Moorish citadel built nearly 800 years ago. You can take an entire day exploring the many buildings and areas within this sprawling piece of Granada’s history. While you are exploring the Alhambra, spend an hour getting lost in The Generalife, the sprawling garden areas attached to the Alhambra. These were the pleasure grounds of the ancient kings of Granada, and although they have been redesigned and altered considerably over the centuries, their splendor is still something quite special to see. The heat is sometimes unbearable in the hottest months, so take a breather and wander through some of the museums that Granada has to offer. The Archaeological Museum is fascinating because you can learn in much greater detail the long and complicated history of Granada and the surrounding areas. A lesser known museum, but special for those of a poetical bent, is the Federico Garcia Lorca Museum. This famous summer home of the legendary Spanish writer and his family was a vital part of his artistic development, and you can still see many of his personal books and original furniture. Two months after Easter, usually in June, the Corpus Christi Festival fills up the city of Granada for an entire week, and it is a combination of traditional Christian traditions as well as some unique Granadan touches. The large fairgrounds outside Granada, El Ferial, is filled with dancing, drinking, food, parades, and even some bullfighting.
The weather cools quickly in the city, making autumn in Granada a very attractive season to explore the city without the beating heat of summer always on your back. Rainfall picks up slightly, but remains at an average of 4 days per months in autumn.
The average mean temperature of autumn in Granada is an overnight low of 9.5C (49F) up to a daytime high of 22C (72F).
As the weather cools down, tourists are encouraged to take longer trips out to explore the city, and the idea of day trips outside the city are not so stressful. One of the most famous walking trips is in the city itself, through the historical quarter of Granada, called the Albayzin. This area, which has kept much of its’ original architecture, and some of its’ ancient style, is a favorite for tourists who want to take pictures of the beautiful churches there, including San Cristobal, San Miguel Alto, and El Salvador. This World UNESCO site also holds some ancient relics of the city’s original walls, the Ziri Walls and the Nasrid Walls. Another wonderful district to explore for architecture buffs is the Cartuja, which contains the famous monastery, also named Cartuja. The buildings here are in the Gothic style, with a hint of Baroque elegance. The Plaza de San Nicolas is a wonderful place to rest your feet after a day of wandering and enjoy the spectacular views of the Alhambra from this high point in the city. For those visitors who like a good festival, or who happen to be religious, autumn in Granada can satisfy both of those needs. On the last Sunday of the month, there is a beautiful procession through the entire city for The Procession of our Lady, which celebrates the Virgin Mary, and in October, for Columbus Day, this Spanish city celebrates with a procession and a ceremony that most locals attend, and then celebrate after. Lastly, as the weather turns chilly at the end of November, warm yourself up with a lively night of flamenco dancing at the Jardines de Zoraya, a cultural hot spot for great food only a few minutes away from the Plaza de San Nicolas.
Like most cities with Mediterranean climates, winter in Granada is distinctly cooler, although the temperature rarely falls below freezing and snow is extremely rare. This is a good time to explore the hidden secrets of the city both indoors and outdoors.
The average mean temperature of winter in Granada is a brisk overnight low of 2.5C (37F), while reaching a daytime high of 13C (55F).
Despite the lower temperatures and slightly higher levels of rainfall, winter is still an exciting time to visit Granada, and a popular choice for some seasoned travelers who don’t want to visit during the busy tourist seasons of spring and summer. If you do visit during winter in Granada, be sure to bring your appetite. The holiday season in Granada is basically an ongoing celebration of food, particularly on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), which is traditionally the largest meal of the year. Another gastronomic occasions is New Years Eve, where the people of the city gorge on food, then head out to the public squares, like the famous Ayuntamiento (City Hall), where they eat twelve grapes for the chiming bells, then crack open the champagne for an all-night party. Once you’ve recovered from the holidays, take a trip to the Guadix Cathedral and the Granada Cathedral, two spectacular sights for those who love ornate architecture and well-maintained pieces of history. The Science Park of Granada is a lovely setting for a stroll, and an even better place to see a science museum that explores how science was done in ancient, Moorish times, along with a more modern section. It is a very unique museum that the whole family will find interesting. Another neat part of the city is the Sacromonte area, and if the weather is nice, take a walk there to learn about the gypsy culture of Andalusia and Granada. You can see how they lived and worked in a network of caves that were built up to be just as complex as a small city. Sacromonte offers a thrilling chance to walk among the stories of the past, but watch your head!
Spring in Granada is a spectacular time to visit, because even though the rain continues at about 6 days per month, the temperature has risen, and the beautiful views of nature are at their peak throughout the city.
The average mean temperature of spring in Granada is an overnight low of 7C (45F) and a daytime high topping out comfortably at 20C (68F).
The second most popular season to visit Granada is in the springtime, so expect slowly building crowds of tourists who want to enjoy the warm weather before the summer heat blazes into town. Spring in Granada is the time to enjoy The Plaza Nueva, considered the new heart of the city (hence the name, New Plaza), and is a great place to sit and people watch, soak up some sun, and enjoy the communal feel of the cafes and bars. If you are hunting for a specific food, tapas for example, you may want to wander over to Calle Navas, the street packed with those traditional Spanish dishes. Once you have eaten your fill, take a trek out to the Triumph Gardens and Park for a leisurely stroll among the spring blossoms, or continue photo-hopping around the city to the stunning Iglesia del Sagrario and the Real Chancilleria, which is the where the High Courts of Granada are located. Spring is a nice time to get out of the city as well, and take a day trip into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the base of which is where Granada is located. For some winter fun in the warmth of spring, take a couple days off from Granada and try your skills at the more than 65 ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada Ski Station. The mountain has snow for about six months of the year, so an early spring getaway is definitely possible. If you are in the city around May 3rd, the Cruces de Mayo festival is a religious celebration of the day Christ’s cross was found, hundreds of years after the crucifixion. The normal Spanish activities of dancing, food, drinking, and singing are never affected, no matter what the subject matter of the festival may be.
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