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jueves, 21 de enero de 2016

Exploring Graná

"The road is ahead, every step is different, unique and essential. An exploration through our senses trying to break up the environment to internalize it." 

Jorge González Moore.

Well, you found your precious project, discovered how it works and how it teachs you, you internalize the most important points to consider in all your EVS project ...

However, there remains to discover something very important: the city that will be yours from now until you finish your project ... In our case: Granada.

Granada is a city in southern Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, at the base of the highest massif of the peninsula: Sierra Nevada. With a population of about 500.000 persons in the metropolitan area, has a very distinctive and different from each other neighborhoods such Albaicín, Realejo, Sacromonte, Cartuja, Zaidín, Almanjáyar and Chana. 

Being a tourist town, it is known for its professional ski station, La Alpujarra and the tropical coast, in addition to its renowned monuments and its rich history. Among its historic buildings include the Alhambra, Generalife and Albaicín declared World Heritage Site by Unesco and its cathedral, considered the first Renaissance in Spain.

It has an average temperature of about 15 º being the coldest month in January (with temperatures below 10 °) and the warmest month July (with temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees).

A city that is recognized for its cultural diversity, distinguished by the University of Granada (UGR) and full of museums, tradition, music and art.

A city that is recognized not only by the above, but also thanks to celebrities such as:
  • Ibn Tibon: doctor, poet and translator. Considered the father of translators. 

  • Mariana Pineda: was a heroine who fought for the liberal cause in the nineteenth century. She engaged against supporters of absolutism and King Fernando VII. Die executed by garrote, the May 26, 1831, at the age of 26 years. The European Union paid tribute and gave its name to the main entrance of the European Parliament. 

  • Federico Garcia Lorca. Poet and playwright. Despite being born in Fuente Vaqueros, he was closely linked to the city of Granada. It attached to the Generation of 27, it is one of the most influential poets and popularity of Spanish literature of the twentieth century. He was executed after the military uprising of the Spanish Civil War, by its affinity to the Popular Front and for being openly gay. 

  • Jose Tamayo. He was a director and entrepreneur, is considered one of the most important theater directors of Spain. 

  • Miguel Rios. Rock singer and composer, pioneer of its kind of music in Spain. 

  • Carlos Cano. Singer, driver of "Manifest Song of the South", who cultivated elfado and traditional styles as the Andalusian song. It is "Favorite Son of Andalusia" posthumously.


In addition to national holidays, Granada has the following:

  • Semana Santa: is a religious festival that begins the "Palm Sunday" (first day after the Spring Equinox Full Moon) and ends on "Easter Sunday", composed of 32 guilds, of which the most important are the procession of "The Gypsies ", that of the" Aurora "and "Esperanza" and "Silence "among others. 

  • Corpus Christi: Created by the Catholic Monarchs after the conquest, it is the funfair of Granada, and is defined by its fair. It is held in June. 

  • Toma de Granada: It is a celebration that takes place on January 2, due to the surrender of the city to the Catholic Monarchs. 

  • La Virgen de las Angustias. Patron of the city, on September 15 occurs "Offering flowers" and the last Sunday of the month, a procession takes place. 

  • May 3. Cross Day.


  • Various annual concerts of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, in the Manuel de Falla Auditorium. 

  • Classic International Film Festival Granada (Retroback) dedicated to classic cinema. 

  • International Comic de Granada, which was first held in 1994. During a week, from nationwide public is interspersed with European, American and Japanese authors. 

  • Manga FicZone of Granada, event dedicated to the field of manga, Japanese culture, comics, animation and science fiction. 

  • International Tango Festival in Granada, one of the festivals dedicated to this most important dance in Europe. 

  • International Young Filmmakers Festival of Granada, attracting actors and filmmakers in Spain and many countries worldwide. 

  • International Poetry Festival of Granada City. It held at various venues in the city and the university. 

  • Granada Festival Cines del Sur, a festival dedicated to emerging film industries of Asia, South America and Africa, with outdoor screenings in various public spaces of Granada. 

  • International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada, is an example of art of great importance and quality of cultural activities in Granada's most renowned and prestige. At the same time happen the FEX Festival, that is openair festival. 

  • International Jazz Festival of Granada, one of the oldest and most important festivals in Europe dedicated to this music.

Granada has a comprehensive system of public transport, the LAC further having connecting points of the city center reducing traffic, buses also intercity bus, rail and air transport. Soon also possess a subway line that has not yet been completed.

Although Granada capital can easily go in 1h and a half from one end to the other on foot. 
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I encourage you to do so. 

" Every journey, even in the busiest and most famous regions, is an exploration."

Isabelle Eberhardt

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