The Alhambra in Granada is one of Spain’s most visited monuments, and everyone who has ever been there or seen pictures can perfectly understand why. With its Islamic influences, stalactite-like ceiling decorations, columns, muqarnas, courtyards and, of course, the famous Lion Court, the Alhambra is a palace that is not like any other. This former Moorish residence radiates an unbelievable atmosphere that has to be experienced first-hand to be completely understood.
There are a couple of weeks every Summer where the magical feeling of the Andalusian city and the Alhambra is even more intense, even more enchanting and will absolutely take your breath away.
That is when the International Festival of Music and Dance takes place in the city – and right inside the Alhambra complex! The festival includes concerts, operas, zarzuelas, ballet, flamenco and many other different musical and dance styles in the Generalife Gardens, monasteries and cathedral of the Alhambra and everywhere in the city.
The roots of the Festival go back to 1883 when a series of concerts were held in the King Carlos V Palace and later, in 1922, when a contest of Flamenco singers took place in the Plaza de los Aljibes Square in the Alhambra, with visitors like Lorca and Falle among the famous artists and intellectuals attending. In the years after, it has developed into the major festival it has now become – with appearances by illustrious names but also promising younger artists.
Aside from the 40 larger concerts in the Alhambra, there are performances in the chapels, churches, civic centers, cafés and clubs throughout the city, making Granada come alive with the sound of not only typical Spanish flamenco, castanets and guitar music, but every music and dance style imaginable. The city adapts this special time of year to an unbelievable atmosphere that is sure to enchant every visitor. The streets are filled with the sound of music day and night, making Granada, with its fairytale Palace, ripple with life and letting the air around this stunning city vibrate.
The annual International Festival of Music and Dance is not only an unbelievable experience for music lovers, it is a series of cultural events creating a meeting point between different traditions and a cross between new modern creations and history. The Festival truly sweeps this magical city off its feet and, if you get the chance to be a part of this, it will definitely sweep you off of yours too! True music fans have a look at available Granada apartments!