Motril (tours to Granada), Spain cruise holidays

Nestled at the foot of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors, a group of North African Muslims. Their education, arts and science-filled legacy can be found all over – not just in the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Spain’s most visited attraction. Known as the Red Palace, this was the home of the Moorish rulers back in the 13th century. From the horseshoe arches and smell of spices from street stalls to the teterías (teahouses) of the Albayzín and the historic Arab quarter, the mark of the Moors is everywhere. Over time, the vibrant city has been injected with a variety of cultures that compel visitors to explore. Among the serene Islamic architecture, monumental churches and peaceful gardens, you’ll also find dynamic backstreet barrios, striking art, bohemian cafés and intimate flamenco clubs.

Granada’s combination of exciting cultures doesn’t end with its tourist spots and local hang-outs but extends to the delicious food found in the city. The spicy tradition of Arabo-Andalusian cuisine and the Mediterranean’s fresh and tasty ingredients create impressive dishes. You can sample famous Trevelez ham that’s air-cured in one of the highest villages in Spain, Habas con Jamón (broad beans and ham) or the Spanish stew Olla de San Antón.