Granada is a city located in the South of Spain, belonging to the region known as Andalusia. The capital of Granada has approximately 250,000 inhabitants.
At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between the rivers Darro and Genil, lies one of the most interesting cities in Eastern Andalusia. As well as its impressive Al-Andalus heritage, there are Renaissance architectural gems and the most modern facilities, fit for the 21st century. It was an important cultural centre for many centuries, under the Moors and the Christians too, and nowadays it boasts a broad cultural and leisure programme. Film, music or theatre festivals are complemented with permanent or travelling exhibitions on all fields of knowledge. Old Renaissance palaces hold seminars, conferences and discussions, while the most innovative infrastructures are prepared for great events.
Granada is a historic city for many reasons. One of the main ones is that it was the last Muslim city of the Iberian Peninsula, until 1492. Therefore, its streets, monuments, gastronomy and culture are impregnated with a certain Arab tradition. Particularly noteworthy is the walled city of La Alhambra, the most visited monument in Europe and considered by many as the eighth wonder of the contemporary world. It is not surprising that one of its old neighborhoods, the Albaicín, has been named a World Heritage Site, together with the Alhambra and the Generalife. Also worth mentioning are the Generalife Gardens, the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel (where the Catholic Monarchs are buried), the Albaicín neighborhood and the Monastery of La Cartuja, among others.
Granada is geographically surrounded by Sierra Nevada Natural Park and, besides, it is very close to the Mediterranean Sea. Less than 30 minutes from the capital is the ski resort of Sierra Nevada, the southernmost station in all of Europe, and one of the ones with the most kilometers of ski slopes. 50 minutes from the capital are the coastal cities of Motril and Almuñecar.
They also highlight the villages of the Alpujarra, scattered among the Sierra Nevada mountains and visited by tourists.
Granada was the birthplace of illustrious figures such as the poet Federico García Lorca, it is considered one of the cultural capitals par excellence and is one of the main tourist destinations in the world.
Dale limosna, mujer, que no hay en la vida nada como la pena de ser ciego en Granada - Francisco de Icaza
University of Granada
The University of Granada was founded in 1531, continuing a long teaching tradition that links with the Madraza of the last Nazari Kingdom.
The University is very present in the city of Granada, enjoying the peculiar beauty of its surroundings and a privileged geographical situation due to its proximity to the Sierra Nevada, an excellent ski resort, and the Mediterranean coast, in which it is located. important tourist enclaves such as Motril, Almuñécar or Salobreña.
In Granada there are four University Campus, in addition to the "Campus Center", in which all the centers scattered through the historic center of the city are integrated. The policy of recovery of buildings of historical and cultural value by the UGR has enriched its heritage, while at the same time it has favored its restoration and maintenance. Together with this defense of traditional elements, the Technological Park of Health Sciences, still under development, constitutes a firm commitment to innovation, fostering interaction with technology-based biosanitary companies and promoting quality healthcare and biomedical knowledge. There are two other UGR Campus in the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, in North Africa.
At the UGR, more than 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study and another 20,000 take complementary courses, language courses, summer courses, etc. They teach 3,650 teachers and work more than 2,000 administrative, technical and service personnel.
Links of interest
For historical, cultural and geographical reasons, the province of Granada has an important legacy of great tourist interest, being, in fact, one of the main destinations chosen by visitors from all over the world.
How to arrive
Granada is connected to the rest of Spanish cities by roads. In addition, it has bus, train and airport stations.
The bus station allows you to travel to and from Granada and the main Spanish cities, as well as to communicate the capital with other nearby towns.
The train station connects the city with Seville, Madrid and Barcelona, mainly. It also has connections with Almería, Córdoba and other destinations.
The accomodation is managed by the travel agency of El Corte Inglés as part of the registration process. To locate those hotels relative to the Palacio de Congresos, consult our venue location map. For more information about the hotels offered and their prices, check our: