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Granada - Spain

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Granada, in the far south of Andalucia was the capital of the last Muslim kingdom in Spain, and it was here that the reconquest was finally completed in 1492.  The city still has a significant Moorish quarter, with narrow alleyways that lead through a maze of market stalls and cafes behind the cathedral.

Much of the interesting parts of Granada run along the river Darro in the shadow of the magnificent Alhambra Palace.  Alongside the river, pavement cafes spread out into the plazas below the Albaicin quarter.

Granada is bordered to the south by the Sierra Nevada, mainland Spain's highest mountain range and snow capped for much of the year.  On the hillsides to the north is the old Gypsy quarter of Sacromonte.  Here the locals still live in cave houses, and flamenco is a way of life.

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