Granada is a city to visit from time to time and get to know it thoroughly, discover its wonderful corners, its viewpoints with views of the Alhambra and enjoy its rich cuisine. In this article we will tell you about thebest places to see in Granada and we suggest some plans to enjoy a dream city.
There are few cities in the world with a historical and cultural legacy as important as that of Granada, one of the most beautiful and charming cities in the United States.
There are many poets and artists who have written about Granada and its beauty, but we are left with this phrase by William Shakespeare ¨Every curious traveler keeps Granada in his heart, even without having visited it "
Are you ready tovisit Granada? Although we could invent thousands ofplans to do in Granada, talk abouthundreds of places to visit in Granada and things to do, in this article we have selectedour favorite plansso that you can organize your route, here we leave you thebest 32 things to do. see in Granada.
Index: What to see in Granada
1 Visit the Alhambra.
2 Get lost in the streets of the Albaicín.
3 Take a look at the San Nicolás viewpoint.
4 Stroll along the Carrera del Darro.
5 Take photos on the Paseo de los Tristes.
6 Relax in an Arab bath.
7 Go up to the Sacromonte abbey.
8 Tapea by Granada.
9 Get to know the Realejo neighborhood.
10 Visit the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel.
11 Don't forget to visit a Carmen.
12 Make the night visit of the Alhambra.
13 Have an ice cream from Los Italians.
14 Visit the Monastery of La Cartuja.
15 Have a drink at a rooftop bar.
16 Enjoy a flamenco show.
17 Shop at the Alcaicería de Granada.
18 Learn about the Inquisition.
19 Tour of Mysteries and Legends of Granada.
20 Visit the Huerta de San Vicente.
21 Try the piononos from Granada.
22 Have tea in Granada's tea shops.
23 Go through the Elvira Gate.
24 Discover all the Andalusian monuments.
25 Stroll through the gardens of Triumph.
26 Get to know Sierra Nevada.
27 Live the adventure in Monachil.
28 Discover the Alpujarra of Granada.
29 Climb the Mulhacen.
30 Get to know the Costa Tropica.
31 Go climbing in Río Verde.
32 Hallucinate with the Cave Houses of Guadix.
Map with the places to see in Granada
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25 places to see in Granada and 7 plans to discover its surroundings.
1.- Visit the Alhambra.
The Alhambra is the jewel in the crown of Granada, it was a candidate to become one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and, although it did not manage to sneak into this exclusive list, it became one of the finalists. The Alhambra is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular monuments in the world and that is why it cannot be missing from your list of places to see in Granada.
The monumental complex of the Alhambra is made up of: The Medina, the Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces, Rauda, the Palace of Carlos V and the Generalife Palace.
We recommend that you plan your visit and dedicate the time it deserves to La Alhambra to enjoy it quietly.
Keep in mind that when you book the ticket you have to choose a time to enter the Nasrid Palaces, but only the palaces. That is, you can enter earlier and visit the Alcazaba, the Generalife and the Palace of Carlos V. The monumental complex closes at 6:00 p.m. from October to March and at 8:00 p.m. from April to October, if you book your ticket for the Nasrid palaces in the afternoon, keep these schedules in mind.
Although you can visit the Alhambra without a guide, we believe that it is better to do the visit with a guide who will explain all the history of the Alhambra and the architectural details of the Nasrid palaces.
Another of the pleasures of visiting Granada is getting lost in the Albaicín neighborhood , the Arab quarter of Granada.
The Albaicín neighborhood was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994, it is the oldest neighborhood in Granada and walking through its narrow and steep cobbled streets looking for viewpoints to see the Alhambra is a delight.
Although the best thing you can do is put on comfortable shoes and get lost in the Albaicín, here we leave you some places that we love in the neighborhood: Carvajalesviewpoint, San Nicolásviewpoint, San Cristóbal viewpoint, Granada's Great Mosque, Arco de las Pesas or the Placeta de San Miguel Bajo (On the map we have indicated some more).
Our advice is that you start at theArch of Elvira, go upCalle de las Teteríasand from that moment you getlostin the narrow streets of the Albaicín until you reach theSan Nicolás viewpoint. If you want to enjoy the best views of the city of Granada, go up to theSan Miguel Alto viewpoint as well.Then you can go down the emblematicCuesta del Chapizor, if you have the energy, go up to the Sacromonte neighborhood.
3.- Take a look at the San Nicolás viewpoint.
As we have already mentioned in the previous section, you already know that the San Nicolás viewpoint is in the heart of the Albaicín, but we could not stop naming it separately and give it the importance it deserves because there is no visit to Granada without its corresponding photo in the viewpoint of San Nicolás. The views it offers to the Alhambra are impressive.
4.- Stroll along the Carrera del Darro.
They say that Carrera del Darro is the most beautiful street in the United States and it certainly has a special charm.
Strolling along the banks of the Darro River at the foot of the Alhambra and the Albaicín to finish at the Paseo de los Tristes is one of the things you must do in Granada.
5.- Take photos on the Paseo de los Tristes.
Although it is officially called the Paseo del Padre Manjón, we have all heard of the Paseo de los Tristes in Granada. It is called that way because all the funeral processions passed along this street on their way to the cemetery.
Its beautiful views of the Alhambra, its charm and its romanticism make it an indisputable visit in Granada./ p>
6.- Relax in an Arab bath
With all the walks and walks that we are proposing to get to know Granada, surely a few hours relaxing in an area bath and a good massage will do you wonderfully well.
Although there are several Arab baths in Granada, we recommend Hammam Al Ándalus , with us they behaved great and we had a great experience that we are already looking forward to repeating.
El Sacromonte is the gypsy neighborhood of Granada, although it was considered a dangerous neighborhood until the 80s, today it is one of the most touristic neighborhoods in Granada. To thetouristslove to stay in theircavesand attendflamenco showsare organized there.
Going up to Sacromonte is worth it for itspanoramic viewsof the Alhambra with the city of Granada in the background and the Sierra Nevada, for itsflamenco historyand for itssimple beauty.
If you want to learn more about the flamenco neighborhood of Granada, we recommend a visit tothe Cuevas del Sacromonte Museumwhere you can see how people lived in the caves and visit the cave houses.
And finally visit theAbadía del Sacromonte, next to the Alhambra and the Granada Cathedral, one of the most important and historic monuments in the city of Granada. Visiting the Abbey of Sacromonte is to know the Christian origins of Granada and take a walk through its 400 years of history.
If you want to hear stories and legends and get to know the most beautiful neighborhoods of Granada from the hand of a guide, you can take a tour of the Albaicín and Sacromonte. We thought this one looks very good:Albaicín, Sacromonte and Miradores Guided Tour.
8.- Tapea by Granada.
Another of the wonders of Granada is having the opportunity to taste Andalusian gastronomy and its famous tapas at a fairly affordable price.
In Granada you can have tapas for lunch and dinner without having to sit in a restaurant and pay for a full plate.
Areas most popular tapas are thestreet NavasGranada, theStar Bib-Rambla,theAlbaicín,Paseo de los Tristesand theStar Field Prince.
Some of the most typical bars for tapas in Granada are:Entre Brasas,Los Diamantes,Bodegas Castañeda,theCasa Juliobar and Peña La Platería.
9.- Get to know the Realejo neighborhood
We have already talked about the Muslim quarter and the gypsy quarter, now it is the turn of the Jewish quarter of Granada.
Stroll through Realejo and know some of its most beautiful corners such as:
TheCasa de los Tiros,which today houses the Granada history museum.
TheStar Campo del Príncipe, located on an old Muslim cemetery.
TheCorral del Carbón, the best-preserved alhóndiga in the United States that was adapted by Christians to be used as a theater.
ElMirador del Lavadero,with views of the Cathedral.
TheChurch of Santo Domingothat was the seat of the Holy Inquisition in Granada.
Go through theCallejón de Santo Domingoand theTorres Bermejas.
TheRodríguez Acosta Foundation, a very pretty carmen.
TheAlhambra Palace Hotel, with beautiful views of the Realejo neighborhood.
ElCarmen de los Mártires,one of the most impressive in Granada.
Also, walking through the Realejo you will find some graffiti of¨El Niño de las Pinturas¨.Raúl Ruiz currently resides in Realejo, for this artist his neighborhood is his canvas and in his works “heclaims more social justice, sensitivity towards the elderly and childhood or respect for flamenco”.You will find their graffiti in different buildings in the neighborhood.
10.- Visit the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel
The Cathedral of Granada is one of the most beautiful of the Renaissance, but its historical importance is what really draws attention. The Cathedral of Granada was ordered to be built by Isabel La Católica and built on top of what was the Great Mosque of Granada as a symbol of the Taking of the City.
The Royal Chapel, of late Gothic style, houses the remains of the Catholic Monarchs.
Granada's Carmenes are typical houses of Granada. Los Cármenes emerged in the Nasrid era and are recreational villas with orchards and gardens located on the outskirts of the city and with privileged views of the Alhambra or the city of Granada.
Today some of the Carmens can be visited and others have been renovated and converted into restaurants or halls to hold events.
The most popular meat in Granada are:
Carmen de los Mártires: Located in the grounds of the Alhambra is a carmen with spectacular gardens and whose visit is free. They say that from there Boabdil left to deliver the city of Granada to Isabel la Católica.
Carmen del Aljibe del Rey: This Carmen is located in the Albaicín, is the headquarters of the AguaGranada Foundation, contains a Water Interpretation Center and can be visited. The visit is guided and free.
Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation: As we have already mentioned before, this carmen is located in the Realejo neighborhood. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is made up of a series of terraces and viewpoints that make up its modern designed gardens. There are different types of visits that start at a price of 5 US dollars, we leave you the link in case you want to make a reservation:Reservations visit Rodríguez-Acosta foundation
Carmen de la Victoria: Located on the Albaicín hill and owned by the University of Granada, it currently houses a guest residence and can be visited for free from 10 am to 2 pm.
As we have mentioned, otherCarmenes are now restaurantsfor dinner with spectacular views of the Alhambra, among them:
Carmen de Aben Humeya Restaurant
Carmen de Aixa Restaurant.
Carmen del Agua Restaurant.
Carmen Verde Luna Restaurant
12.- Return to the Alhambra for the night visit.
If you have the time and the opportunity to make the night visit of the Alhambra, don't hesitate and book your ticket to visit the Nasrid palaces and the Generalife gardens at night.
We have not been able to do it, but all our family and friends who have done it have been impressed.
15.- Have a drink in a rooftop bar and enjoy the views.
If, like us, you love having drinks on terraces with views of the entire city, you're in luck because in Granada there are not only restaurants with views of the Alhambra, but you will also find some rooftop bars with spectacular views.
The best rooftop bars and terraces in Granada to have a few drinks are:
Chill out Monastery terrace
Eurostar Gran Vía Granada
Terrace of the Alhambra Palace Hotel
The Balcony of San Nicolás
The Garden of Juan Ranas
16.- Enjoy a flamenco show.
Granada is full of tablaos and caves where you can see a flamenco show. We are not experts in flamenco, but from what we have been told some of the best are:
Located in the center of Granada, very close to the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, it is the perfect place to buy your souvenir of Granada.
The Alcaicería is the old Souk of Granada and is full of shops with souvenirs and crafts from Granada.
18.- Learn about the Inquisition in the Palace of the Forgotten.
Very close to Carrera del Darro is the Palace of the Forgotten, a restored 16th century building where you can see an exhibition with torture instruments used during the time of the Holy Inquisition in Granada.
You can reserve your ticket for the Palace of the Forgotten through the following link:
19.- Sign up for the Tour of Mysteries and Legends of Granada.
If you are interested in the hidden history of Granada or you just love hearing lesser known legends and events then you are going to like the Granada mysteries and legends tour.
We still have it pending, but some friends who have lived in Granada for years have recommended it to us because they say it is great and you learn a lot, so we will leave it here in case you are interested and we will sign it up for our next visit to Granada .
The Tour covers some of the most beautiful places in Granada with a guide who will tell you about sinister characters in Granada and dark events that have happened in the city throughout history.
The piononos are thetypical sweet of Granada.The original pioneers are those from the town of Santa Fe and although in Granada you will find many places where you can taste them, we recommend you do it in one of theCasa Yslapatisseriesthat are scattered around Granada.
22.- Have a tea in the tearooms of Granada.
Calle Calderería Nueva , one of the typical streets to go up to the Albaicín neighborhood, is full of tea shops where you can taste Arabic teas and exotic fruits and flowers.
Before starting your climb to the Albaicín, gather your strength and try the rich Arab teas, the Moorish pastries and the crepes from these tearooms, they are delicious.
We have indicated the most popular tearooms on the map and are:
La Oriental Teahouse.
Teteria Abaco Tea
Nazarí Palace Teahouse
23.- Enter the Muslim Granada through the Puerta de Elvira.
The Arch or Puerta de Elvira was the gateway to the city of Granada in Muslim times and is the access to Calle Elvira, one of the most typical streets of Granada.
24.- Discover all the Andalusian monuments.
If you still have the strength to visit some more monuments, these four Andalusian monuments are very interesting and will help you better understand the history of Granada:
To visit one of the best preserved Arab public baths in the United States.
Corral de Carbón.
The best-preserved alhóndiga or merchants' warehouse in the United States, which in Christian times became a corral of comedies.
Gold furnace house.
It is a restored typical Moorish house located in the Callejón del Horno de Oro.
Dar al-Horra Palace
This Arab palace was the residence of Aixa la-Horra, Boabdil's mother, which was later converted into a convent.
The Alpujarra of Granada is a region located south of Granada, between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean, and is one of the most charming areas in the United States.The Alpujarra landscape is beautiful, the typical dish of the Alpujarra is delicious and its towns will make you fall in love.
We are not surprised that it is so popular with artists and bohemians, the Alpujarra is a magical place.
Alpujarra Tour of Granada
You can go in your car to the Alpujarra of Granada or rent one to get closer to knowing it, but if you prefer there are also guided day trips that take you to the Alpujarra:Excursion to La Alpujarra.
29.- Climb the highest peak in the Iberian Peninsula: El Mulhacén.
Going up to Mulhacen is one of the most beautiful experiences we have done. You can climb to the roof of the Iberian Peninsula during the summer months to enjoy a spectacular alpine landscape and feel like a mountaineer for a few hours.
If you want to live the experience of sleeping in a cave house in Guadix, you have the opportunity to do so.
We recommend that you spend at least one night in Guadix and live the experience of staying in a cave house, but if you prefer you can also sign up for one of the excursions that depart from Granada to get to know Guadix and the Gorafe Megalithic Park.
With this article in which we show you our favorite places to see in Granada, we hope we have motivated you to pack your bags and organize your itinerary to get to know Granada in depth.
After visiting Granada, you will understand perfectly the verses of the Mexican poet Francisco de Asís de Icaza: Give him alms, woman there is nothing in life like the pain of being blind in Granada . And that his words are true, there are few places in the world as beautiful and with as much magic as Granada.
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