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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 Sierra Nevada National Park, the largest national park in Spain. The park stretches 320 square miles from Granada to the edge of Almeria and features one of Europe's tallest mountains. Along with the 11,000-foot-tall Mulhacen, there are more than 20 mountains to explore in addition to multiple lakes, rivers and forest areas.

The nearby Sierra Nevada Ski Resort, Europe's southernmost ski resort, offers more than 62 miles of slopes with chairlifts and gondolas throughout. During the summer, lifts transport visitors to some of the park's highest peaks, including Veleta (the tallest after Mulhacen) and their subsequent scenic trails.

Aside from the trails accessible within and near the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort, another popular hike is one along the Los Cahorros gorge, accessible from the village of Monachil. This unique 6-mile trail takes visitors through the sprawling hills of the Monachil Valley and into the Los Cahorros gorge. Keep in mind that as you go deeper into the gorge and hit the river, you will come across parts of the trail that require you to use the jagged cliffs as support. If you don't want to venture too far from Granada, seek out the Dehesa del Generalife. This 1,000-plus-acre park is a protected wildlife area near the Alhambra and features modest trails leading to ruins and vistas of both Granada and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The Sierra Nevada Ski Resort is located about 20 miles southeast of Granada. The best way to reach it is by car. Buses are available, however, may be difficult to navigate if you don't have a slight knowledge of Spanish. You can access trails for hiking from the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort for free, but to get to the top of the peaks, lift fees apply. For more information, visit the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort'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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