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Top things to do in Granada

Located at the foot of the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Granada, symbol of the eclectic contrast of Muslim and Spanish culture, is a must stop in Andalusia.

This city is home to the most visited monument in Spain, the Alhambra. However, the whole city is extremely beautiful and vibrant. The perfect place to soak up the Andalusian vibes.

Let’s find out together what to do in Granada!

Read more: Are you planning a trip to Andalusia? Click here to read all my posts about this amazing Spanish region.

1. Walk through the Albayzín

Perched on the hill opposite the Alhambra, there is the Albayzín, the fascinating old Muslin neighbourhood. Here the streets form a quiet cobblestoned labyrinth, embellished by geranium-filled balconies colourful ceramics.

Houses in the Albayzín
Houses in the Albayzín

In the Albayzín there are several viewpoints from where you can admire the Alhambra and also the Granada countryside. One of the best is the Mirador de San Nicolas, where there is often spontaneous performance going on. Here you can find several bars and restaurants where to eat or rest after walking the steep streets of the Albayzín.

Mirador San Nicolas
Mirador San Nicolas

My favourite viewpoint is the Mirador de San Miguel Alto. This is the highest viewpoint of Granada and the view from there is stunning! The path to get there is pretty steep, but the view is well worth it. And if you don’t want to walk, you can always use the bus to go around the city!

Here you can find the bus lines of Granada.

View from Mirador San Miguel Alto
View from Mirador San Miguel Alto

Explore the Sacromonte Caves

Beyond the Albayzín, there is another interesting neighbourhood: Sacromonte.

This neighbourhood was created by gipsies, who used to live in caves built into the side of the hill.

Today, most of the caves are equipped with wifi, TV and fully functioning kitchens and bathrooms, and they are inhabited by hippies and artists who embrace an alternative and more sustainable lifestyle.

This place doesn’t look very safe, but honestly, there is no special reason to be afraid when you walk around Sacromonte.

One of the Sacromonte Caves
One of the Sacromonte Caves

Visit the Alhambra

There is a reason if the Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain. It is astonishing!

Beautifully located on the al-Sabika rocky hill overlooking the city of Granada, this complex is the oldest Muslim palace in the world.

Designed as a military zone at the beginning, the Alhambra became the royal residence and court of Granada in the mid-13th century after the establishment of the Nasrid Kingdom and the construction of the first palace

Highlights include the stunning Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba, Generalife, the imposing towers, and the Palace of Charles V.

Court of the Lions
Court of the Lions

Booking well ahead of time for the Alhambra is advised. However, you might be lucky and manage to book your tickets just a few days in advance on the Alhambra website. Honestly, as much as I wanted to visit this magnificent complex,  I didn’t want to book tickets months in advance, because, you know, too much commitment! So, when I arrived in Granada I tried to buy tickets but they were all sold out. However, I kept refreshing the website every 5 minutes, and eventually, I found a few available tickets. I hope you can be as lucky as I was.

View from the Alhambra
View from the Alhambra

With its breathtaking architecture, the royal Nasrid Palace is the most crowded attraction of Alhambra.

Keep in mind that the number of people admitted to the Nasrid Palaces is strictly controlled. The time you can access the Palaces is indicated on your ticket. Make sure you arrive at the time specified!

Alhambra
Alhambra

Wander in the city centre

The area around the Cathedral is the most modern part of the city and it is considered the centre of Granada.

This small neighbourhood includes beautiful churches, monasteries and palaces. The main attractions to see are the baroque jewel of the Basilica de San Juan de Dios, the Cathedral and Royal Chapel and the Saint Jerome Monastery.

Granada
Granada

Tapas & Wine

No visit to Granada is completed without a tapas binge!

Tapas are small appetizers often served for free when you order a drink. So, stop in one of the several tapas bars that you can find on the streets of Granada and enjoy 😉

Restaurants in Granada
Restaurants in Granada

Read more: Are you planning a trip to Andalusia? Click here to read all my posts about this amazing Spanish region.

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