Our farthest southern school in Spain is the one in Granada. Maybe not the first city you think about when you want to visit Spain, but definitely not the least beautiful. If at some point you have already seen Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Alicante and Madrid and you want to visit a different Spanish city, then Granada will pop up on your radar. This fairly big city in the Andalusia region is full of history and culture. The biggest highlight of them all is the Alhambra palace. The weather of Granada is something to be jealous of. To get you a little more familiar with the city, here are 5 facts about Granada you probably didn´t know.

Al-Hamra is Arabic for ´´The Red´´ (castle).

Alhambra comes from the Arabic language Alhamra. Alhamra literally translates to ´´The Red´´. The palace of the Moorish kings in Granada is called this way because of its sun-dried bricks of which its outer walls are built in the 13th and 14th

Granada was the longest Muslim rule in Spain.

It began in the year 711 and lasted until the year 1492 when Granada was conquered. The heartland of the Muslim rule was Southern Spain or Andalusia. The name Andalusia comes from the term Al-Andalus used by the Arabs, derived from the Vandals who had been settled in the region.

Granada´s city symbol is a pomegranate.

Could it be because the city is called ¨Granada¨ or just that everywhere alongside the roads you can find the fruits? If you are in Granada try to train your eye in spotting the fruits. They use it everywhere. In the street name signs, manhole covers, paintings, pavements and statues.

In Granada you can find a number of secret and hidden gardens throughout the city.

One is even more secret than the other and if you want to find them keep an eye out for the word ¨Carmen¨. ¨Carmen¨ is used to describe a private pleasure garden and a lot of them can be found in the neighbourhood Albayzín.

8000 people visit the Alhambra each day.

We all know that Granada is famous for the Alhambra. Totally deserved of course, because the palace is one astonishing site to see. The complex is on the UNESCO world heritage list and by some considered to be among the 10 wonders of the world. It is Spain´s most visited monument and attracts approximately more than 8000 people a day.

– Ben Rutjens