Granada can now enjoy the Alhambra’s Patio of lions

After twenty years closed off and ten years of works, the Nasrid monument can finally be visited. Today is a great day for the Alhambra

Patio de los leones

Patio de los leones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost 400 squared metres of surface of the Alhambra’s Patio of Lions are now paved with Macael white marble slabs, beautifying the famous sculpture that gives the place its name. Just how Muhammad V had planned it in the 14th century as a Nasrid Royal House, and exactly how it was related by the first chroniclers of the time.

The thorough research of the historic documentation from different national archives has revealed that the floor was covered with white marble towards the end of the 15th century, which is why the new intervention comes close to this image also used throughout the history of the monument’s preservation and will contribute to a better preservation of the fountain’s hydraulic system.

The president of the Andalusian government, Jose Antonio Griñan, accompanied by the councillor of Culture and Sport, Luciano Alonso, and the director of the Board of the Alhambra and the Generalife, Maria del Mar Villafranca, assisted to the Patio’s reopening at 11 o’clock this morning, according to the Board’s sources.

The Patio of Lions will once again be visible after more than 20 years, as since 1990 it was only be possible to walk along the gallery, leaving the central area inaccessible. The lions have recovered their original colour and several elements that had deteriorated, like the ears, have now been restored.


Sierra Nevada: how to skip the queue to buy your ski pass

Visiting Sierra Nevada during the ski season is a fabulous experience, but the problem is that many others have the same idea as you and there are specific days when the queues to buy the ski pass at the ticket office can break your patience. Here comes a hint about how to skip the queues.

Many hotel establishments in the province of Granada are now allowed to sell ski passes of Sierra Nevada to their guests, through a software program and tickets for the lifts. This new system is already operational in twenty establishments, mostly in Sierra Nevada (Ski hotels and schools), and in tourist information centres like the Tourism Board of Granada.

Sierra Nevada – night skiing

night ski

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Get to know the night skiing in Sierra Nevada. In winter season, fans of winter sports can take full advantage to enjoy the slopes of the southernmost ski resort in Europe.

One of the options available is night skiing in Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada is the pioneer among the Spanish ski resorts with the availability of night skiing since more than a decade. Here you can enjoy a unique experience, sliding down the slope El Rio (The River) in the light of the moon and seeing the stars and further down the lights of the city of Granada.

Night skiing in Sierra Nevada can be practiced during certain days of the season, generally on Saturdays from 7 pm to 9:30 pm and purchasing a special ski pass.

Christmas in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada ski resort about 30 km from Granada

Image via Wikipedia

Due to the heavy snowfall during the last days in Europe’s southernmost ski resort are now available areas which before were still closed to the public, such as the long awaited opening of the recently expanded snow park for enthusiasts of snowboard and freestyle.

The ski resort of Sierra Nevada in Granada thus is ready to offer a very enjoyable skiing experience just in time for these Christmas holidays, with a nice thick layer of new snow which right now is getting compressed to offer a compact surface for skiing.

During the Christmas holidays are planned many related activities on the slopes and in the resort Solynieve itself; children up to 12 years can ski for half price on the December 25th and January 1st and 6th, meanwhile children up to 5 years can ski for free during all season. A special feature is as well the availability of night skiing in Sierra Nevada on Saturday nights from 7 to 9:30 pm.