Granada is the capital 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 Beiro, the Darro, the Genil and the Monachil. It is situated at an average elevation of 738 metres above sea level and it is only a 40 minutes drive to the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical.
In the 2014, the population of the city of Granada was 237.540, and the population of the entire urban area was 498.365, ranking as the 13th-largest urban area of Spain. Its nearest airport is Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport located 12 km from the city.
The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is located in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain. Over 2 million people are visiting this famous mounument every year.
The Almohad influence on architecture is also preserved in the Granada neighborhood 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 about 80,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city.