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If you're still itching to tour more historical, not to mention architecturally gorgeous, attractions after the Alhambra, Granada's historical center is your best bet. This small neighborhood, adjacent to the Albaicín, features a variety of attractions including churches, monasteries, palaces, cultural centers and houses and even schools. Though one could easily spend days roaming the innards of the historical center, the main attractions to see are the Basilica de San Juan de Dios, the Cathedral and Royal Chapel and the Saint Jerome Monastery.

The Basilica de San Juan de Dios is considered one of the most important Baroque temples in Spain and houses an urn that contains Saint John of the Gods. What stands out most to visitors, however, is its interiors. The interior patio, almost entirely gold, stuns travelers when lit up by the natural light that pours through the church's windows. Many travelers experienced a similar reaction at the Saint Jerome Monastery, the first temple in the world dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The attraction is more Renaissance in style and features an ornate, multitiered altar decorated with figurines of religious, historical and mythical individuals and characters. The Cathedral of Granada is one of the many buildings that was built on top of a former mosque and its adjacent Royal Chapel houses the tombs of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the royalty who were in charge during the Reconquest of Spain.

In addition to religious attractions, the area is also home to the Federico García Lorca Center. The center acts as a museum displaying objects from the writer's possession, as well as artwork from other international artists. The area is also filled to the brim with restaurants, tapas bars and shopping options, including the Alcaiceria Market. Prices and hours vary by attraction but the area is free to explore all hours of the day and night. For more information, visit the Granada Tourism Board's website.

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#1 The Alhambra The Alhambra is the crown jewel of Granada. Perched high atop a hill in the center of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage site dominates the skyline. The Alhambra is ... Read more » AnaPR / Getty Images

#2 The Albaicin The Albaicín neighborhood is the stuff of Spanish dreams. Narrow cobblestone roads weave through traditional homes, charming plazas, quaint courtyards and multiple historic sites. There are also plenty of shopping, dining ... Read more » kapyos / Getty Images

#3 Sierra Nevada National Park Though Granada's storied history should be absorbed as much as possible, the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains are worth just as much exploration. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are part of ... Read more » Fotomicar / Getty Images

#4 Historical Center If you're still itching to tour more historical, not to mention architecturally gorgeous, attractions after the Alhambra, Granada's historical center is your best bet. This small neighborhood, adjacent ... Read more » JoseIgnacioSoto / Getty Images

#5 Plaza de San Nicolas Granada's hilly landscape makes for fantastic vistas, and there are few better than the views offered at the Plaza de San Nicolas. Located in the Albaicín neighborhood, less than ... Read more » Antonio Luis Martinez Cano / Getty Images

#6 Flamenco in Sacromonte The Sacromonte district is actually part of the Albaicín, occupying the northern tip of the neighborhood. But what the Sacromonte really stands out for is its caves, and the flamenco ... Read more » Park Hoonkap / Flickr

#7 Arab baths There's a history lesson to be had anywhere you go in Granada, and the city's spas are no exception. The Arab baths were once a gathering place for ... Read more » javi_indy / Getty Images

#8 The Alcaiceria If you're looking to do some serious shopping while in Granada, the Alcaiceria market is the place to go. Upon first glance, the market may seem like a tourist ... Read more » Sergey Borisov / Getty Images

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The Albaicín neighborhood is as charming as they come. Cobblestone streets, quaint plazas and beautiful carmenes, or traditional whitewashed homes dot the area. What's more, it's considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. kapyos / Getty Images

Bordering the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is brimming with hiking opportunities. The Los Cahorros gorge is a popular hike and Sierra Nevada Ski Resorts affords access to plenty of alpine trails, but if you don't want to travel too far, hit up the Dehesa del Generalife.  Fotomicar / Getty Images

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The most popular vantage point in Granada is Plaza de San Nicolas for its unobstructed views of the Alhambra. Come at night to see the attraction lit up, as well as locals dancing and drinking.  Antonio Luis Martinez Cano / Getty Images

Granada is a great place to catch a flamenco show. Sacromonte, the neighborhood just above the Albaicín, hosts flamenco shows in caves that were previously occupied by gypsies. Gypsies are said to have developed flamenco in Andalusia when they emigrated to the province.  Park Hoonkap / Flickr

Those wanting to experience the Arab baths in Granada should check into Hammam Al Andalus, one of the most popular working bath houses in the city.   javi_indy / Getty Images

Once Arab markets, the Alcaiceria features a number of goods difficult to find outside of Andalusia, including Moroccan leather bags, taracea, or wooden inlay goods and fajalauza, or painted ceramics. Sergey Borisov / Getty Images

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