Granada (province)

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Granada is a province of southern Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is bordered by the provinces of Albacete, Murcia, Almería, Jaén, Córdoba, Málaga, and the Mediterranean Sea (along the Costa Tropical). Its capital city is also called Granada.

Its area is 12,635 km². Its population is 876,184 (2006), of whom about 30% live in the capital, and its population density is 64.82/km² It contains 168 municipalities.

There are Roman Catholic cathedrals at Granada and Guadix.

The tallest mountain in Iberian Peninsula, Mulhacén, is located in Granada. It measures 3,481 m.

Granada shares the Sierra Nevada National Park (in the Sierra Nevada mountain range) with Almería province.

Although slightly too far east to catch the floods of holidaymakers coming to the Costa del Sol via Málaga, Granada brings in a number of tourists with its Moorish architecture and famous Alhambra. In the winter the mountains of the Sierra Nevada play host to a small but thriving ski industry; these are Europe's most southerly ski resorts.

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