Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Granada, Spain: Travelers with a Keen Interest in Culture and History Will Find a City with a Rich Heritage-Particularly Its Islamic Historical Legacy

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Granada, Spain: Travelers with a Keen Interest in Culture and History Will Find a City with a Rich Heritage-Particularly Its Islamic Historical Legacy

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VISITORS TO GAY-POPULAR SPAIN often think of Barcelona, Sitges, and Madrid, but historic Granada in the region of Andalusia also has a thriving, if somewhat small, gay community.

There's no better place to begin your tour than the Alhambra, a fortified complex of palaces that was built beginning in the 14th century by the Moorish rulers and stands as the symbol of the city. Named in Arabic for the red cast it takes on in the twilight hours, the sprawling network of royal residences has unparalleled views of the city and intensely detailed Moorish interiors.

Flamenco is the almost impossibly passionate style of dance, singing, and guitar playing native to Andalusia. The Sacromonte neighborhood is flamenco ground zero, with gypsy dancers performing in the hillside caves built over Roman catacombs. You do not want to leave your camera behind for this.

Tapas are plentiful and emphasize the region's distinctive, delicious Iberian ham. …

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