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Granada is the capital of the province with the same name, situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalucia. Geographical and scenic diversity charactizes the land. There is the coastal area with its warm climate; the extensive, fertile Genil plain; and the mountainous regions with a colder climate, where we find the 3,481 metre Mulhacén, the biggest peak on the peninsula of Spain. The city of Granada is located at the foot of the sierra Nevada mountains at the confluences of the Darro and Genil rivers. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.
The city of Granada has been shaped by the hills, where the old districts in the Albaicín and the Alhambra were founded, brimming with steep, narrow streets, beautiful nooks and crannies, and marvelous landscapes. The new part of the city is situated on the plain, crisscrossed by the large arteries of Gran Vía de Colón and Calle de los Reyes Católicos, and where the busy streets around the Cathedral are found.
Granada is in the south east of the Iberian peninsula, in the province of Andalucia. (it is 40 mls from the coast at Motril. 80 mls SE of Cordoba. 150 mls E of Seville. 10 mls E of the airport). It is set in a fertile lowland plain formed by the confluence of 2 rivers, with the Sierra Nevada mountains as a dramatic backdrop. It is a worthwhile stop for anyone with an interest in things cultural and historical. It also offers lots of student nightlife, making it a natural draw for young people from all over the world wishing to study Spanish and party.