Granada is the capital city of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Darro, the Genil, the Monachil and the Beiro. Ascribed to the Vega de Granada comarca, the city sits at an average elevation of 738 m above sea level, yet is only one hour by car from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical. Nearby is the Sierra Nevada Ski Station, where the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 were held.
The entire urban area was estimated to be the 13th largest urban area of Spain. Its nearest airport is Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport.
The Alhambra, an ancient Nasrid citadel and palace, is located in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions and architectural elements that make Granada a popular destination among the tourist cities of Spain. The Almohad influence on architecture is also preserved in the Granada neighbourhood called the Albaicín with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction. Granada is also well known within Spain for the University of Granada which has an estimated 82,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city. The pomegranate is the heraldic device of Granada.
Granada shares twin cities status with: Aix-en-Provence, France, • Tetuán, Morocco, • Tlemcen, Algeria, • Coral Gables, Florida, United States, • Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, • Marrakech, Morocco, • Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Granada was ranked #1023 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Granada has a population of over 239,000 people. Granada also forms part of the wider Granada metropolitan area which has a population of over 440,000 people. Granada is the #123 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.1768 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.