Information about Granada

Information about Granada

Population

The population of Granada is about 270,000 inhabitants. Granada is also well-known within Spain for its university, which harbours about 65,000 students. A famous student city, Granada attracts about 14,000 students from elsewhere in Spain and abroad each year.

Climate

Coming in July, you should prepare for a lot of sun and temperatures above 30ºC. However, Granada’s heat is dry and therefore somewhat more bearable than the humid heat which you will find in other Spanish cities. The overall amount of rainfall in Granada, especially in summer, is low, but there may come a spell of heavy rain from time to time.

Location

Granada lies under the Sierra Nevada mountains in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Moreover, it is only about 70 km from the coast, which allows its inhabitants to go skiing in the mountains and then sunbathe on the beach on the very same day in spring.

History

Granada, as we know it today, was founded in the 11th century, during a civil war in the Moorish empire, which at that point stretched right up to the north of Spain. After its birth, it quickly became one of the most important towns in the Moorish Spain. By and by, the various Christian groups in the north settled their differences, joined together and steadily drove the Moors out of Spain. Granada was the last Moorish stronghold and finally succumbed to Isabel and Ferdinand (the Catholic Monarchs) in 1492. The Muslims and the Jews were forced to leave the country or convert to Christianity. A period of what would nowadays be described as ethnic cleansing ensued, during which Granada took on a more Catholic and Castilian character.