The University of Granada (UGR) is a public university located in the city of Granada (Spain) that enrolls approximately 80,000 students, thereby becoming the fourth largest university in Spain. UGR also has campuses in Northern Africa (Ceuta and Melilla), thus being the only European university with campuses in two continents. Founded in 1531 by Emperor Charles V, UGR has almost 500 years of history and it is one of the most famous universities in Spain.
The Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1532, it is now located in the PTS (Parque Tecnológico de Salud). This is a campus of both research and clinical facilities located on the southern border of the city.
Clinical clerkships are at one of the several hospitals in the city. Normally, Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves. (http://www.hospitalvirgendelasnieves.org/). The others are Hospital Clínico San Cecilio (http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/servicioandaluzdesalud/hsc/web) and Hospital Alejandro Otero (http://www.ptsgranada.com/asistencia_sanitaria/hospital_universitario_alejandro_otero/)
In the summer months, it is more likely that half-board will be offered.
During the months of summer vacation, the accommodation is normally in a shared apartment or residency with other incomings.
To get to Granada from other cities as well as going to visit other cities:
- By bus: the main bus company is ALSA (http://www.alsa.es/en). Taking a bus is usually cheaper and faster than going by train and it has also a wider schedule.
Granada´s bus station (http://xurl.es/oa0kj) is about 30-40 minutes far from city center (on foot) and less taking urban bus.
- By train: all trains belongs to RENFE, a government owned corporation, (http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html). The train station is near the city center (http://xurl.es/icmql).
- By plane: Granada-Jaén Airport (http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Federico-Garcia-Lorca-Granada-Jaen/en/Page/1047397546288/) is located in the region of La Vega del Genil. It is about 30-40 minutes far from the city center by bus. The bus company is “Autocares Gonzales) and it offers regular buses from the airport to Granada (more info:http://www.lovegranada.com/transport/granada-airport-buses/).
To get around Granada:
- Alhambra and Generalife: if you come to Granada, you cannot miss this amazing complex of monuments, one of the most important, beautiful, best preserved and oldest Moorish palace in Spain and all around the world. It is a castle and a fortress, a royal palace and a town and it has amazing gardens.
- Albayzin distric: Granada's heritage, one of the most attractive districts of Granada with its little squares, white houses and medieval streets, and incredible views of the Alhambra.
- Mirador de San Nicolás: a lookout with unbeatable views of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada. Come back here for sunset and the nigthviews.
- Mirador de San Miguel Alto: a lookout with unbeatable views of the Alhambra and the whole city of Granada.
- Sacromonte: Walk through narrow, twisted streets to experience Sacromonte's varied geography: mountains, vegas and rivers.
- See flamenco shows organized by gypsies in the caves of Sacromonte.
- Realejo: it is a district in Granada's old Jewish Quarter. It has a unique style and a very active community with carmenes, whitewashed houses, and numerous pubs and tapas bars.
- Paseo de los tristes: One of Granada's oldest streets, crossed by brick bridges across the River Darro and near the Alhambra. In this corner of Granada there are remains of Arab homes and buildings.
- Plaza Nueva: it was a major focal point of life in Granada, where celebrated tournaments, games and bull running took place. The square was built in the Christian era and is located to the west of the River Darro
- Carmen de los Martires: A perfect place for a nice walk. Romantic gardens with a mixture of French and English landscaping, situated around the Alhambra with an area of more than seven hectares.
- Triunfo Gardens: Historic gardens with coloured fountains at night and surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the Royal Hospital and the Monument to the Virgin.
- Granada Cathedral: it is the first Renaissance church built in Spain and is one of the most important monuments of Granada.
- Royal Chapel: it is the burial place of the Catholic Monarchs and one of the most interesting monuments of Granada.
- Banuelo – Arab Baths: it was built in the Eleventh Century and is one of the oldest and best preserved Arab public baths in Spain.
- Corral del Carbon: Built by Yusuf I, the Corral del Carbon was the repository of merchants and is the oldest monument of Arab Granada.
- Cartuja Monastery: it is famous for its sacristy - the fruit of Spanish Baroque, has great painting and sculptures of Granada's artists.
- Santo Domingo Church: it has several architectural styles: Gothic, Late Baroque and Renaissance, some decorations are Roman.
- La Madraza: located in the centre of Granada, was built by Yusuf I in 1349 and is the first Arab university in Granada.
- Basilica Angustias: it has a nave, chancel and eight sides and was built in 1617, has paintings by artists from Granada.
- Cuarto Real Santo Domingo: Muslim kings used the Royal Quarters for dressing in the days of Ramadan and belonged to the Arab queens.
Granada is ideal for visiting all year round.
In July and August temperatures average 35 C, sometimes reaching 40 C, so it can be very hot during the day. The nights are normally 18-22 ºC. But because Granada has a dry climate, the nights are noramally hot, but bearable (unlike the humid climate on the coast).
During the summer months, Granada's provincial array of beaches offers a more refreshing option.
In winter, the arrival of snow in the Sierra Nevada leaves a most beautiful mark on Granada. It is then that winter sports are practised in the ski resorts. In the winter it is fairly cold at night, but generally still warm during the day.