This Is Granada: Open Your Eyes!
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Probably the best images of the Alhambra available in the web. Panoramas, landscapes and close up shots of the most visited and enchanting monument in Spain
THIS IS GRANADA: OPEN YOUR EYES!
Granada is a city filled with history, living with the hubbub and bustle of her squares, her streets, her gardens. A city that entices you to discover the secrets it keeps, a seductive temptation for any traveller. Here you are! This is my homage to this stunning city in a handful of pictures, hopefully as beautiful as the city itself is and deserves them to be. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Some of the most outstanding Easter week processions in Spain take place in Granada. They wind slowly around the streets, with lifelike statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary in mourning, and are led by a Brotherhood each with its own history. Among them stands out The Christ Of The Gispsies, on Easter Wednesday, an impressive mixture of religion and popular traditions.
GRANADA IN WHITE: SNOWED GRANADA
in 2003 and 2010 when Granada
and the Alhambra got white for a few hours. Great pictures of snowed streets and gardens.
Once-in-a-while shoots of the Alhambra
and Generalife with their palaces and gardens covered in snow.
Pictures from flamenco performances in Granada's most well-known venues. From la Chumbera to the zambras (caves) in Sacromonte, Tablao Albaizin in San Cristobal, Los veranos flamencos del Corral del Carbón, Zaidín's flamenco summer festival and many others.
SIERRA NEVADA NATIONAL PARK (
The natural, cultural and scenic wealth of the Sierra Nevada massif converts this enclave into one of the natural spaces of greatest interest in Andalusia. With heights of over 3,000 m, it is the massif of highest altitude in western Europe, after the Alps. Sierra Nevada atracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year fascinated by the possiblity of practising ski on the sunny slopes of the southernmost ski resort in Europe. The Alpujarras, on the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, have amazingly retained their Berber architecture, whih is still common in certain areas of Morocco. Pampaneira, Bubion and Capilaira, clinging one upon the other to the slopes of the Poqueira Gorgew are undoubtedly the most popular ones and the most picturesque.
THE PROVINCE: VILLAGES, COAST & COUNTRYSIDE
Granada's Costa Tropical might not be as popular with foreign tourist as Costa del Sol but ffom Salobreña to Almuñecar and far west into the Malaga province it boast a subtropical climate with mild winters and has some little, hiden, pretty coves as well as spectacular cliffs in the protected zone of Maro and Cerro Gordo. Inland, the defensive villages of The Vega of Granada, the area west of the capital, was a crucial frontier between the Christian and the Moorish kingdoms. Montefrío, Loja, Alhama, dramatically sited villages show their defensive past in their fortifications with amazing views of the fertile vega and the olive groves. To the north, the highplateau encompassing the Sierras of Baza and Castril is a land of contrasts and it is known worldwide because of its cave dwellings. No less than 5.000 of them exist combining the Altiplano and the neighbouring region of Guadix
ART & CULTURE: MUSEUMS, GALLERIES & EXHIBITIONS
The Foundation Rodriguez-Acosta is a private cultural organization founded in 1941 after the death of the painter Jose Maria Rodriguez-Acosta "To support scientific research and to bring Granada up to date with human progress." Igor Mitoraj was born in Oederan in 1944. Widely travelled he's absorbed the influences of sculptural technique from Greece, New York, Central America, and Italy. 24 sculptures by Igor Mitoraj were displayed in Granada in February and March 2006.
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