Without giving away too many secrets, we have shared some of our photographs below of our own experiences in the Province of Granada. This region is so much more than the City of Granada and the Alhambra. It is a province with a beautiful coastline, stunning mountain ranges, verdant valleys and prehistoric gorges. It is a province of tapas, flamenco, poetry and music, of art and theatre, walking and hiking. There is little wonder that so many people feel a deep connection with both this region and it's people.
Beyond the city of Granada itself, there is another world to be discovered. As one of the provinces that make up Andalucia, the southern-most region of Spain, Granada boasts coastline, mountains, valleys, orchards, villages and towns all waiting to be explored.
The Costa Tropical, once a fertile sugar cane-growing area, is now filled with mango and avocado trees, and its best beaches are often hidden out of sight. The Sierra Nevada mountain range is dominated by the highest peak in Spain and hosts the southern-most ski resort in Europe. Olive groves frequently extend as far as they eye can see, over vellum-coloured hills; valleys can be found that burst with the scent of orange blossom, or are flushed pink when the almond blossom fights back against the chills of winter.
Wines, cheeses, jamones (hams), seasonal fruits and vegetables can be tasted in the hillside villages where they are produced or grown; walks and hikes reveal the most spectacular views from mountains to the Mediterranean Sea; dazzling days can be spent beneath the shade of a vine-covered terrace outside a bar that serves ice-cold beer from the Alhambra brewery.
Delve deeper, and you might discover a secret garden, filled with sculptures or a menagerie of animals, a vineyard where you can sample the local wine, a gorge reminiscent of a landscape from Lord of the Rings, a cycle route that takes you far away from the real world or a traditional theatrical event set against a backdrop that stretches forever.