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First of all, according to the Köppen classification, Granada’s climate is one of transition between the Mediterranean and the cold semi-arid. But also other sources describe it as a continentalised Mediterranean.
In general the climate is cool in winter, with some frost, and hot in summer, with highs above 35 °C.
Therefore the thermal oscillation is great throughout the year. Rainfall is very low in summer. Because they are concentrated in winter.
Moreover, the coast of Granada has a subtropical microclimate only 50 km away from the city of Granada. Because it is between mountain ranges, and at its average altitude of about 685 m.
In 2007 Granada was the fourth sunniest city in Spain, with 3016 hours of sunshine.
Its average temperature is 15.7 °C, which is about 3 °C different from the areas of the lower Guadalquivir. As for the thermal regime, the winter is cold and lasts from December to February.
The summer is a long season with average temperatures above 20 °C during the months of June to September. The hottest month is July with an average of 34,4 °C.
The coldest and hottest months occur at the beginning of the seasons as a result of the distance from the sea and its thermal softening action, further impeded by the barrier effect of the mountain ranges.
The general features of its rainfall are the low annual amount and irregularity between years that causes many periods of drought.
It is normal that during the summer from June to September there is no rainfall at all. Perhaps a few minutes of torrential rain some days in July or late August.
Moreover, these months coincide with the highest temperatures.
This restaurant offers an authentic taste of the sea thanks to an extensive menu of fried foods, fish, rice and seafood.
Very close to the Cathedral of Granada and with spectacular views of the monument. It is surrounded by emblematic squares in the historic centre of Granada such as Pescadería, Pasiegas and Bibrambla. The kitchen is open all day.
It offers top quality products which are brought in every day from the Andalusian fish markets. It also offers all kinds of menus for groups and personalized events due to the diversity and spaciousness of its rooms and private terrace.
Cunini Seafood Restaurant
It is one of the leading seafood restaurants in the centre of Granada. It offers high quality standards that make the seafood of the day in this establishment always in unbeatable conditions.
This restaurant offers a select and varied range of fish and seafood from the coast of Granada. But also a great selection of molluscs from the Bay of Biscay and the Galician coast.
Very close to the García Lorca Park on the Camino de Ronda we find Casa Ramón. Where they serve Spanish cuisine as well as all kinds of fried fish, in its sauce and with all the specialities of fish and seafood. Many visit this place to try their tasty cake.
It is easy to find this place thanks to its great location.
La Toma de Granada
The Toma de Granada is a civil celebration that takes place every year on January 2nd. It commemorates the city’s surrender to the Catholic Monarchs in 1492.
The highlight of the day is the procession of the royal banner from the Cathedral to the City Hall.
San Cecilio is the patron saint of Granada, because he was the first bishop of the city and a martyr to Christianity. Whose remains were found with the Lead Books and are in the Sacromonte Abbey. His day is the 1st of February.
As it happens in other capitals, the Holy Week in Granada becomes one of its most relevant religious-cultural and artistic events.
Holy Week in Granada is made up of a total of thirty-two penitential brotherhoods united in the Real Federación de Hermandades y Cofradías de Granada.
Corpus Christi and La Feria
The Granada Fair is usually held in the month of June, although it does not have a fixed date, which is linked to the dates of Easter, which in turn depends on those of the Jewish Easter, a lunar festival.
The fairground is located in the Almanjáyar district. The booths for the tapas are located in the fairgrounds. And the rest of the attractions are also located next to the booths.
The festival includes three processions:
On Wednesday, the Pública comes out, which is a procession aimed at children and young people, starring the Tarasca, a mannequin on a dragon.
Thursday, Corpus Christi day, is when the religious procession leaves in the morning.
The procession that leaves on Sunday afternoon is more sober and lacks folkloric elements.
Las Cruces, May 3rd
The custom of erecting crosses on this festival dates back to the early 19th century. Because in the historical neighbourhoods of the Albaicín and the Realejo, small altars with a cross began to be built, to exalt the festivity. The day of its celebration is the 3rd of May every year, which is a local holiday.
Nowadays crosses are erected in almost all the squares and neighbourhoods of the city by all kinds of cultural associations. There is also a competition to award the best ones.
Virgen de las Angustias, patron of Granada
The Virgen de las Angustias is the patron saint of the city and its commemoration has two acts:
on September 15th the floral offering is made to the Virgin and on the last Sunday of September the procession is held through the central streets.
Also on this day the famous Tortas de la Virgen are sold.
Granada University description and foundation
The University of Granada (UGR) is a public university based in Granada with campuses in the cities of Granada, Ceuta and Melilla. That is why it is the only European university with two campuses in Africa.
And it is the fourth university in Spain in terms of the number of students.
In addition, the University of Granada is among the top ten universities in Spain1314 and for several years it has been ranked first in translation and interpretation studies.
For several years now, the UGR has been the first European university to receive and send students on the “traditional” Erasmus programme. Because it has around 5000 annual mobilities granted.
Granada’s university research is the best in Andalusia. It is also one of the three best universities in Spain, and for the third year in a row it is among the 300 best universities in the world.
It is also the first Spanish university in terms of official development aid
History of the UGR
First of all, the University of Granada has its roots in the 14th century, when King Yusuf I created the Madraza of Granada. That’s why it’s one of the oldest universities in the world. The Madraza would remain in operation until 1499, the year in which Cardinal Cisneros, assaulted and destroyed it.
The foundation of the University of Granada
It was the Emperor Charles V on December 7, 1526, during his stay in the city. And on 14th July 1531 Clement VII issued a bull, confirming the foundation of the University of Granada in response to the Emperor’s request. In which he granted his professors, graduates and students the same privileges and exemptions enjoyed by the universities of Bologna, Paris, Salamanca…
On 19th May 1532 the University of Granada held its first public ceremony in the Archbishop’s Palace, presided over by Archbishop Gaspar de Ávalos. Because in those first years the University celebrated its activities in the cathedral or in the Royal Chapel.
Furthermore, in 1538, the University and colleges moved to their new headquarters, the building of the ecclesiastical curia, built by Diego de Siloé. It was there until 1769.
Granada University Campus and other UGR services
First of all it must be said that 89 degrees are currently taught at the University of Granada. This is because the University of Granada has 27 teaching centers, distributed among the four University Campuses of the city of Granada, in addition to the Center Campus. All the centers are located in the old part of the city. Teaching is organized through 123 departments. The International Graduate School offers 121 masters, 28 doctorates and 100 complementary courses.
On the other hand, the policy of recovery of buildings of historical and cultural value by the UGR has enriched its heritage. And it has also favored the restoration and maintenance of many historical buildings.
In addition, the Health Science Technology Park, which is in continuous development, is a firm commitment to innovation. This gives rise to interaction with technology-based bio-sanitary companies and promotes quality healthcare and biomedical knowledge.
In addition to the Campuses in the city of Granada, the UGR is also assigned two other UGR Campuses in the cities of Ceuta and Melilla.
More than 60,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at the historic University of Granada and another 10,000 take complementary courses in summer, languages, computer science…
There are almost 4,000 professors who teach at the University of Granada. In addition, more than 2,000 people work here, including administrative, maintenance, technical and service personnel…
In addition, 18 degrees are taught in the cities of Ceuta and Melilla. But there are also specific courses in the summer, organized by the Centro Mediterráneo. As well as in the city of Granada and other towns in the province.
Other Teaching Centers
The Center for the Production of Resources for the Digital University manages virtual training initiatives, supporting face-to-face teaching and offering other specific training activities.
The Permanent Classroom of Open Training also offers training programs. Especially for older people in which no previous academic training is required.
The Fundación General Universidad de Granada-Empresa tries to bring the university and business world closer together and promotes training actions that complement the training of the university student.
Granada economic and demographic impact of the University
For some years now, Granada has undoubtedly been the city with the largest influx of university students in southern Spain. Therefore, it is a university capital par excellence.
This has a great influence on its economy, the type of businesses that are opened. Because the University is one of the main motors of the economy of the city of Granada. That is why Granada is a city made by and for university students. Thanks to this, its nightlife and student atmosphere is very famous, all year round. That is why, together with the Alhambra, it is the main company of the province. And the hopes for the future of the city go through the economic and social benefits linked to this institution.
It should also be noted that Granada offers one of the cheapest accommodation for university students in Spain. Because there are both residences and apartments for rent only for students.
It is also worth noting that the city of Granada has been awarded the title of “Best University City in Spain”.
Cultural impact in Granada of the University
It should also be noted that the University has been a cultural enrichment for the city. Apart from the large number of foreign students it attracts. Because the University of Granada is the first Erasmus destination. Thanks to its policy of recovering buildings of historical value, there is a large number of monuments recovered in the city, such as:
- The building of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias
- Hospital Real (current seat of the Rectorate)
- The Faculties of Law, Medicine and Translation and Interpretation
In addition, the university has enabled a boom in the field of R+D+i. Giving the city modern facilities for research, science and medicine. With the recent inauguration of the Health Technology Park, where the faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Physiotherapy have moved. In addition to the modernization and construction of a totally modern hospital.
In addition, in recent years, the UGR has been climbing important ranks in the university rankings. And at present it is one of the best in the world in:
Some current data from the University of Granada:
- Degrees: 73
- Teachers: 3621
- Other Staff: 2345
- Undergraduate and graduate students: 53818
- Schools: 27
- Apartments: 124
- Official Master’s Degrees: 106
- Doctorates: 28
- Federico García Lorca: was born in the village of Fuente Vaquero in the plain of Granada in 1898. He was shot dead between Viznar and Alfacar on 18 August 1936, just at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. He is the most international poet and playwright in Spain since Miguel de Cervantes.
He belonged to the so-called Generation of 27, and was the most influential and popular poet in Spanish literature in the 20th century. As a playwright he is considered one of the peaks of Spanish theatre of the 20th century, along with Valle-Inclán and Buero Vallejo.
- Carlos Cano: was born in Granada on the 28th of January 1946 and also died in Granada on the 19th of December 2000. He was a Spanish singer-songwriter and poet who recovered relatively forgotten traditional Andalusian styles. His music crossed borders and became a link between Andalusian and Latin American culture.
His versatility as a composer, capable of writing cuecas, tangos, boleros, rumbas, pasodobles, sambas, nanas, coplas, murgas carnavaleras or intimate themes accompanied only by his voice and his guitar, together with the quality and emotion of his texts.
- Enrique Morente was born in El Barrio del Albaizyn in Granada on 25 December 1942 and died in Madrid on 13 December 2010. He was a Spanish cantaor, considered to be one of the great renovators of flamenco. His daughter Estrella has also continued his legacy.
Illustrious students and professors of the University
In the almost five centuries of history of the University of Granada, many personalities have studied there. Here we present some of the most outstanding ones.
Blas Infante, who is considered to be the father of the Andalusian nation. Since 1900 he worked as a writer in the court of his hometown Casares (in the province of Malaga). But at the same time he was studying on his own at the Faculty of Law of the University of Granada, to which he travelled in the months of June and September to take his exams. He finished his studies in 1906. The notes were provided by his friend, the poet Alberto Álvarez de Cienfuegos.
Federico García Lorca, the most international Grenadian of the first half of the 20th century. Poet, playwright and prose writer who died in the Civil War in 1936. He was a student at the University of Granada since 1914. Because he enrolled to study Philosophy and Law. During this time, the young Lorca met with other young intellectuals in the “El Rinconcillo” gathering at the Alameda Café.
At the University he received classes from Martín Domínguez Berrueta, who took Federico and some of his fellow students to different cities in Spain. This was the trigger for García Lorca to become a writer.
Fernando de los Ríos, who was a politician, leader and socialist ideologist. He is also one of the most relevant figures of Spanish socialist thought. For his proposal of a humanist socialism, from a reformist perspective.
After receiving his doctorate in 1907 at the University of Madrid, he obtained the chair at the University of Granada in 1911. He was a professor of the later poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, with whom he maintained a close friendship.
Joaquín Sabina, is a singer-songwriter, poet and painter today. In 1968 he moved to Granada to enroll in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and start studying Romanesque Philology at that university, where he discovered the poetry of Cesar Vallejo and Pablo Neruda.
In addition, Joaquin Sabina has published seventeen studio albums and seven live and collaborated with various artists. It is estimated that he has sold more than ten million albums and has also composed for other artists. In his literary facet he has published nine books with compilations of lyrics or poems published in the weekly Interviú.
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