Granada is the first preferred city by Erasmus students each year in Europe, for different reasons: it is cheap, young, it has got beach, snow, good weather and good connections (Malaga airport has more than 100 low cost international flight connections,and it is only 1 hour and a half from the city center of Granada).
Granada is a city in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Granada is located at the bottom of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Beiro, the Darro, the Genil and the Monachil. It is at an average elevation of 738 metres above sea level, yet it is only half an hour by car from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical. Nearby there is the Sierra Nevada Ski Station, where the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 were held.
The population of the city of Granada is 260,000, and the population of the entire urban area is estimated to be 500,000, which makes Granada the 13th-largest urban area of Spain. About 3.3% of the population do not hold Spanish citizenship, the largest number of these people (31%; or 1% of the total population) is from South America.
The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is located in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its numerous cultural attractions that makes Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain. The Almohad influence on architecture is also preserved in the Granada neighborhood called the Albaicín with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco constructions. Granada is also well-known within Spain for its University which has about 120,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city.