Things to do in Granada
Enjoy the buzz of rappelling, jumping, sliding and swimming and through gorges, waterfalls and natural slides on a day's canyoning adventure on the Rio Verde near Granada. It takes four to five hours to complete the 3,500m-long (11,482ft) course. Thrill seekers should contact Exploramás (tel: +34 952 477 951; www.exploramas.com).
Check out a bullfight
Bullfighting might be a highly contentious activity, but in Andalusia it's still a cultural totem so if you want to see Granadans in action there's nowhere better than the Plaza de Toros (tel: +34 96 330 85 93; www.entradastorosgranada.com). The cheap seats will be in direct sun, so don't skimp and make sure you get sombra (shadow) tickets.
Get abstract at the Jose Guerrero Centre
The abstract painter Jose Guerrero is one of Andalusia’s favourite artistic sons, and the Centro Jose Guerrero (tel: +34 958 220 109; www.centroguerrero.org) ensures his work endures through the generations. Born in Granada in 1914, his art took him to Madrid, Paris and into the circles of Rothko and Kline, but it’s here he’ll always be revered most.
Get pampered in a hammam
Befitting its Moorish past, Granada is home to traditional hammams, which are the perfect place to while away an afternoon. The Hammam Al Anadalus (tel: +34 958 229 978; http://granada.hammamalandalus.com) has been reopened after being shut back in the 16th century and offers a number of packages to relax body and mind.
Sking and walking
The Sierra Nevada (www.sierranevadaski.com) mountains provide Granada with a dramatic, snow-capped backdrop almost year-round. They are great for hiking in summer and for skiing from December to April. The Estación de Esquí Sierra Nevada (ski station) is 33km (20 miles) southeast of Granada.