Spain: Andalusia – Granada, home of the Alhambra

Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Granada is the capital of the region. It has a rich history, resulting from its ownership has changed hands many times throughout its long history. Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs invaded the peninsula in the 8th century and gave the city its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.

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