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With 82 million tourists annually, Spain is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Spain is a destination of laid back hospitable locals reflected their culture and lifestyle. With perfect summer weather and cool winters, Spain is a destination you can visit year round. For Muslim travellers, Spain's Moorish history is centred in the Andalucia region. A short flight or a scenic train journey from the main gateways of Madrid and Barcelona and you'll find yourself in the cities of Granada, Cordoba and Seville. 

 

For soccer fans, a visit to the home of 'tiki-taka' football at the Nou Camp or reliving the Galacticos at the home of Real Madrid are two experiences not to miss out. Driving in Spain is fairly easy and hiring a car is recommended to give you the freedom to go from city to scenic landscapes in just a few hours. The south of Spain also provides access to Morocco via the ferries that depart from Algericas making it a nice combination of Europe and Africa. 

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  • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flying Time from the UK: 2 hours direct
  • Visa: Not required for UK citizens
  • Our Highlight: Visiting the Al Hambra

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Highlights

The province of Granada is characterised by a descending series of raised plains which start at the high summits and go right down to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The Alhambra was so called because of its reddish walls (in Arabic, («qa'lat al-Hamra'» means Red Castle). It is located on top of the hill al-Sabika, on the left bank of the river Darro, to the west of the city of Granada and in front of the neighbourhoods of the Albaicin and of the Alcazaba. It's a highly popular site, and rightly so, and we recommend booking your tickets before you travel which you can do here on Rihaala.

 
Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century.

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Muslim Friendly Amenities

Across Spain, there are plenty of Muslim communities and places to pray can be found. The larger mosques can be found in the Andalucia region, with the King Abdul Aziz mosque in Marbella, a tranquil masjid with gardens and a library. Built in 1981, it was named after the monarch of Saudi Arabia. In Granada lies the Mezquita Mayor de Granada which many says has an aura of peace with serene garden views and across to the Alhambra. 

 

Halal food can also be found in the main cities. Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Granada all have plenty of halal options and searching for Muslim owned establishments is the easiest way. 

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