Granada: The Complete Guide

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Granada is a provincial capital in the Andalucia region of Spain. Once home to the Iberian Moorish royalty it is rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors.  In addition to a rich multicultural history, the Alhambra and other monuments, it is Spain’s liveliest cities with a student-driven nightlife, and skiing and trekking in the nearby Sierra Nevada, Granada offers a break from the summer heat of other Andalusian cities such as Córdoba or Seville.

Alhambra is a sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.

Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Darro, the Genil, the Monachil and the Beiro. It sits at an average elevation of 738 m above sea level, yet is only one hour by car from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical.

 

History of Granada

The history of Granada is rich and complex, spanning thousands of years and shaped by various civilizations and cultures. Here’s an overview:

  • Prehistory and Ancient Times: The area around Granada has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with evidence of human settlements dating back to the Paleolithic period. During the Roman era, the region was part of the province of Hispania and known for its agriculture and trade.
  • Islamic Rule: One of the most significant periods in Granada’s history was the Islamic rule, which began in the 8th century when the Moors (Muslims from North Africa) conquered the Iberian Peninsula. Granada became the last stronghold of Islamic Spain, known as Al-Andalus, and flourished as the capital of the Emirate of Granada and later the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. During this time, the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens were constructed, becoming iconic symbols of Islamic architecture and culture in Spain.
    Reconquista and Catholic Rule: In 1492, after centuries of conflict, the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile completed the Reconquista (the Christian reconquest of Spain) by capturing Granada from the Moors. This marked the end of Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula and the beginning of Catholic rule. The Alhambra was preserved and became a symbol of Christian triumph.
  • Renaissance and Golden Age: Following the Reconquista, Granada experienced a period of cultural and economic growth during the Renaissance. The city became known for its thriving silk industry, art, and literature. During the reign of Charles V in the 16th century, significant Renaissance architecture, including the Royal Chapel and Granada Cathedral, was constructed.
  • Modern Era: In subsequent centuries, Granada’s fortunes fluctuated, with periods of prosperity and decline. The city suffered during the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish Civil War in the 20th century. However, it experienced a revival in the latter half of the century, with the development of tourism and the restoration of its historic landmarks.
    Today, Granada is a vibrant city that seamlessly blends its Islamic, Christian, and Renaissance heritage. Its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural diversity continue to attract visitors from around the world.

Visiting Granada for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Granada on the first visit. To help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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38 Best places to See in Granada

This complete guide to Granada not only tells you about the very best sights and tourist attractions for first-time visitors to the city but also provide insights into a few of our personal favorite things to do.

This is a practical guide to visiting the best places to see in Granada and is filled with tips and info that should answer all your questions!

Carmen de los Mártires

Pool, Carmen De Los Mártires
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The Carmen de los Martires or Carmen of the Martyrs is a park located on the side of the valley opposite the Alhambra in Granada. It is the largest garden in the city of Granada and stretches out over seven hectares along the southern slopes of Mauror Hill. It is a haven of flowerbeds, small […]
Location: Calle de Antequeruela Alta, Granada, España | Hours: From April 1 to October 14: From Monday to Friday from 10:00 am. to 14:00 pm. and 18:00 pm. to 20:00 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 am. to 20:00 pm. From October 15 to March 31: From Monday to Friday from 10:00 am. to 14:00 pm. and 16:00 pm. to 18:00 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 am. to 18:00 pm.| Price: Free | Website | Distance: 0.90km
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Alhambra Complex

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The Alhambra or literally ‘The Red One’  is an opulent  palace and garden  complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. The plain walls of the red Alhambra red fortress towers look imposing, standing on a fortified plateau,  rising from a wood of cypress and elm. Across the valley lie the Generalife gardens with its leafy tree-lined […]
Location: Alhambra Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: 8.30am-8pm Apr–mid-Oct, to 6pm mid-Oct–Mar, night visits 10-11.30pm Tue & Sat Apr–mid-Oct, 8-9.30pm Fri & Sat mid-Oct–Mar | Price: Adult €14,12-15yr €8, under 12yr free, Generalife & Alcazaba only adult/under 12yr €7/free NB Advance ticket reservations are almost essential for admission to the best parts of the Alhambra. | Website | Full Alhambra Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Tickets Available! | Distance: 1.30km
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Generalife

The Court Of La Acequia,Generalife, Grenada 2
The Generalife or Architect’s Garden is the sultans’ gorgeous whitewashed summer palace, which dates to the 14th century. It is on the hillside facing the Alhambra and to get to it you need to pass a string of elegant rectangular plots with tinkling water features, the Jardines Nuevos to get there. Generalife is a soothing […]
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Bosque de Alhambra

Bosque De Alhambra
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The Bosque de Alhambra or Forest of Alhambra is a forest that encircles the , in Granada, Spain. This beautiful forest was planted in the 17th century and its boundaries is generally set by the wall surrounding the complex. It starts are the at the on the north bank of the river Darro, and continues […]
| Website | Distance: 1.30km
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Puerta De La Justicia

Puerta De La Justicia, Alhambra, Grenada 7
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The Puerta De La Justicia or the Gate of Justice, is a city gate in the , in Granada, Spain. It was built by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada, in 1348 and was the main entrance of the Alhambra, which had three other gates. It is also known as the Puerta de la Explanada or […]
Location: Justice Gate Calle Real de la Alhambra, 18 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Website | Distance: 1.30km
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Palacio de Comares

Patio Of The Myrtles
The Palacio de Comares or Comares Palace was the official residence of the king and it comprises several rooms that surrounded the Court of the Myrtles (Patio de los Arrayanes). The rooms have galleries with porticoes at the ends. Some examples are the Hall of the Boat (Sala de la Barca) to the north and the Hall of the […]
| Hours: For opening times of the Palacio de Comares see Alhambra Opening Times.| Price: The Palacio de Comares is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Distance: 1.40km
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Patio de los Arrayanes

Patio De Los Arrayanes With Palacio Carlos V Behind, Palcia De Comres
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The Patio de los Arrayanes or Court of the Myrtles is the central courtyard of the . Which is one of the palaces that make up the in the , in Granada, Spain. This palace was started by Ismail I, continuing through Yusuf I and finished by his son Muhammad V in 1370. It was […]
Location: Court of the Myrtles Calle Real de la Alhambra, 1T 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: For opening times of the Patio de los Arrayanes see Alhambra Opening Times.| Price: The Patio de los Arrayanes is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Patio de los Leones

Patio De Los Leones, Alhambra
The Patio de los Leones or Lion Courtyard is a courtyard in the . The Palacio de los Leones is one of the palaces that make up the in the , in Granada, Spain. This patio was built by order of Mohammed V and is famous for its marble fountain which channels water through the […]
Location: Patio de Los Leones Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: For opening times of the Patio de los Leones see Alhambra Opening Times.| Price: The Patio de los Leones is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Palacio del Partal

Torre De Las Damas, Alhambra, Granada 1
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The Palacio del Partal or Partal Palace is one of the Palaces of the  in the , in Granada, Spain. It was built by Muhammad III of Granada who ruled from 1302 to 1309. Where does the Palacio del Partal get its name? El Partal comes from an Arabic word meaning “the portico”, and is […]
Location: El Partal Callejon Guindo, 2T 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: For opening times of the Palacio del Partal see Alhambra Opening Times | Price: The Palacio del Partal is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Palacio Nazaríes

Stonework Alhambra
The Palacio Nazaríes or Nasrid Palaces is a palace within the Alhambra complex located in Granada, Spain. Alhambra comprise of a series of lavish rooms and heavenly built courtyards. Make your way to the main visitor entrance to the Alhambra and set foot into the grandiose of Nasrid Palaces. Based on your preference you can enter the luxurious palaces […]
Location: Nasrid Palaces, Calle Real de la Alhambra, Granada, Spain | Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket Available! | Distance: 1.40km
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Palacio de Carlos V

Patio Palacio Carlos V In Alhambra
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The Palacio de Carlos V or Palace of Charles V is a Renaissance building in the , in Granada, Spain.. The structure was commanded to be built by Charles V (1500–1558), Holy Roman Emperor, who also was the  King of Spain (Castile and Aragon) from 1516. He wanted to to establish his residence close to […]
Location: Palacio de Carlos V, Calle Real de la Alhambra, Granada, Spain | Hours: 8.30am-8pm Apr–mid-Oct, to 6pm mid-Oct–Mar, night visits 10-11.30pm Tue-Sat Apr–mid-Oct, 8-9.30pm Fri & Sat mid-Oct–Mar | Price: Access to the Palacio de Carlos V is free via the Puerta de la Justicia on the southern side of the Alhambra. | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Palacio del Mexuar

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The Palacio del Mexuar or Palace of the Mexuar is one of the three palaces of the , in the , in Granada, Spain. The other palaces are the and the . You will enter the Palaces through the Mexuar. This is a 14th-century room used as a ministerial council chamber and antechamber for those […]
Location: Patio de Machuca Calle Real de la Alhambra, 1T 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: For opening times of the Palacio del Mexuar see Alhambra Opening Times.| Price: The Palacio del Mexuar is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Distance: 1.40km
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Palacio de los Leones

Patio De Los Leones, Palacio De Los Leones, Alhambra
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The Palacio de los Leones or Palace of the Lions is one of the palaces that make up the in the , in Granada, Spain. It was built in the second half of the 14th century, by the command of Muhammad V. This palace comprised of private rooms which belonged to the royal family. Lion’s […]
| Hours: For opening times of the Palacio de los Leones see Alhambra Opening Times. | Price: The Palacio de los Leones is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Sala del Mexuar

Sala Del Mexuar, Alhambra 9
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The Sala del Mexuar or Hall of the Mexuar is part of the , one of the palaces that make up the in the , in Granada, Spain. The Palacio de El Mexuar is the oldest of the three palaces that make up the Palacio Nazaríes and this is evident in this room as it […]
Location: Mexuar room s/n Calle Real de la Alhambra 18009 Granada Spain | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Patio del Cuarto Dorado

Patio Cuarto Dorado, Palacio Del Mexuar, Alhambra 1
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The Patio del Cuarto Dorado or Courtyard of the Golden Room is a small patio located in the  .  One of the palaces that make up the in the , in Granada, Spain. Official hearings were held in this courtyard.  This is where the king received his subjects in audience in the second half of the […]
| Hours: For opening times of the Patio del Cuarto Dorado see Alhambra Opening Times. | Price: The Patio del Cuarto Dorado is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Alhambra Museum

Museo Alhambra Grenada
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The Museum of the Alhambra is located on the ground floor of the in the , in Granada, Spain. Its permanent collection is considered to be one of the best selections of Spanish-Moorish Art, in particular, Nasrid Art. Many of the 312 pieces displayed were discovered during the excavations and restorations of the Alhambra itself. […]
Location: Museum of the Alhambra, Palacio de Carlos V, Plaza Algibes Alhambra, Granada, Spain | Hours: Closed Mondays. Sundays and Tuesday: 08:30 - 14:30 Wednesday to Saturday: 08:30 - 18:00 | Price: Free | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Puerta de las Granadas

Puerta De Las Granadas & Old Moorish Gate
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The Puerta de las Granadas or the Gate of the Pomegranates is an gateway or entrance to the Alhambra, located in the , in Granada, Spain. The road starts in the city centre at the Plaza Nueva, and continues up the Cuesta de Gomérez, after the Gate you walk through the Forest of the Alhambra […]
Location: Puerta de las Granadas, Cuesta de Gomérez, Granada, Spain | Website | Distance: 1.40km
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Plaza de Los Aljibes

Plaza De Los Aljibes, Alhambra Grenada
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The Plaza de Los Aljibes, or the Square of the Cisterns is a square in the , in Granada, Spain. The Plaza de Los Aljibes is a public space located in the Alhambra complex but free to access. Looming over the cypress trees in this square are crenelated towers. There’s a busy snack stand in the middle. […]
Location: Placeta de los Aljibes Plaza Algibes Alhambra, 1T 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Distance: 1.40km
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Alcazaba

The Walls Of Alhambra, Granada
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The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortification withing the in Grenada, Spain. Within the limits of Alhambra is the Alcazaba, a walled fortification meant for the rulers and their subjects. According to some sources, Alhambra’s Alcazaba was said to be built around the 11th century. This later became the last Moorish stronghold of Al-Andalus, and as such, […]
Location: Alcazaba 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: For opening times of the Alcazaba see Alhambra Opening Times. The Alcazaba is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.50km
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Patio de Machuca

Patio De Machuca, Palace Of Mexuar, Palacio Nazaries, Alhambra 2
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The Patio de Machuca or Court of Machuca is a garden and fountain which is part of the in the , in Granada, Spain. They patio and house are from the 16th century. The garden would have been the original entrance to the Palacio del Mexuar for people who came from the . Who was […]
| Hours: Patio de Machucais normally restricted. However if you access the Nasrid Palaces in a group you pass close by it. For opening times of the Patio de Machuca see Alhambra Opening Times. | Price: The Patio de Machuca is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.50km
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Patio de la Acequia

Patio De La Acequia In Generalife, Granada, Spain 7
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The Patio de la Acequia or Patio of Water Channel is a patio in the in the , in Granada, Spain. It is probably the oldest garden in the West that has preserved that use since its origins. What does the Patio de la Acequia look like now? Carefully and wonderfully designed, the courtyard is […]
Location: Court of the Water Channel Camino Fuente del Avellano, 4 18010 Granada Spain | Hours: For opening times of the Patio de la Acequia in  Generalife see Alhambra Opening Times. | Price: The Patio de la Acequia is part of the Generalife of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.50km
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Cuarto Dorado

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The Cuarto Dorado or Golden Room  is one of the rooms of the  . The Palacio del Mexuar is one of the palaces that make up the in the , in Granada, Spain. What to see in the Cuarto Dorado On the front wall of the room, we find a balcony divided by a column […]
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Jardines Altos

Jardines Altos, Generalife, Alhambra
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The Jardines Altos or Upper Gardens are gardens in the in the , in Granada, Spain. What do the Jardines Altos look like? These gardens, distributed in different levels, complete the palatial area of ​​the Generalife, are its highest point and provide outstanding views of the estate. Small fountains with fountains between the fenced flower […]
| Hours: For opening times of the Jardines Altos in the Generalife see Alhambra Opening Times. | Price: The Jardines Altos  is part of the Generalife of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.50km
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Torre de la Vela

Torre De La Vela, Alhambra
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The Torre de la Vela  or Watch Tower  or the Candle Tower is a watchtower within the Alhambra palace complex with superb views over the city and the surrounding mountains. It is a very recognizable feature at the Alcazaba owing to its flags and the bell tower. There are currently four flags are flown over the tower: […]
Location: Torre de la Vela, Alhambra Cuesta de Gomérez, 39 18009 Granada Spain | Hours: For opening times of the Torre de la Vela see Alhambra Opening Times. | Price: The Torre de la Vela is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour. | Website | Distance: 1.50km
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Realejo

Barrio Del Realejo San Matias
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The Realejo or Realejo-San Matías is a district of Granada, in Andalucia. It was the old Jewish neighborhood of Muslim Granada. Realejo is now a heavily populated neighborhood, and its streets are vibrant with a distinctive character. History of Realejo Sephardi Jews had already settled here well before the arrival of the Moors in the […]
| Hours: 24 Hour | Price: Free | Distance: 1.50km
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Corral del Carbón

Granada, Corral Del Carbon
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The Corral del Carbón or The Coal House is a 14th-century market located in the Spanish city of Granada in Andalusia. It was originally Granada’s grain market, which would have been called an Alhóndiga. This old grain market lies in the center of the El Albaicín district. Nowadays, a number of cultural institutions, a tourist information […]
Location: Calle Mariana Pineda, 8 Granada | Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 19:00 Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 14:00 | Price: Free | Distance: 1.60km
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Arab Baths of Granada

Arab Baths Of Granada 2
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The El Bañuelo de Granada or the Moorish Baths of Granada are 11th Century baths in Granada, in Spain. The 11th-century Moorish or Arab Baths which used to be part of the Mezquita del Nogal or Mosque of the Walnut Tree. One of the oldest and largest baths of the kind in Spain, this was […]
Location: Arab Baths, 31 Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain | Hours: September 15th - April 30th: Daily from 10:00 - 17:00 May 1st - September 14th: Daily from 9:30 - 14:30 and 17:00 - 20:30 | Price: € 2.50 | Distance: 1.60km
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Royal Chapel of Granada

Tombs Of The Catholic Monarchs At The Royal Chapel Of Granada
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The Capilla Real de Granada or Royal Chapel of Granada is an Isabelline style building and originally integrated in the complex of the Granada Cathedral. It is the burial place of the Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand.  The Building also contains  a gallery of artworks and other items associated with Queen Isabella. The […]
Location: Royal Chapel, Gran Via de Colon 5, 18001 Granada. | Hours: 10:15 - 18:30 (Monday - Saturday); 11:00 - 18:00 (Sunday & holidays) | Price: 5€ (adults), 3.50€ (students, disabled, children), 0€ (children under 12) | Website | Distance: 1.70km
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Alcaicería

Alcaiceria Granada
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The Alcaicería is a market in Granada, built on the same location and in the same style of the original Moorish silk market.  It is located near to Granada’s Cathedral. The market was rebuilt in 19th century and has local jewelry and souvenirs on offer. It is an area with a rich history and local […]
Location: Calle Alcaicería, 1 Granada | Hours: Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. During the months of June and July closed on Sunday from 15:00. Closed on sunday from January 6th to March 19th. | Price: Free | Website | Distance: 1.70km
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Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation

Main Nave Of The Granada Cathedral.
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The Catedral de Granada, Santa Iglesia Catedral Metropolitana de la Encarnación de Granada  or Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Granada in Spain. This cathedral is a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance style. This grand 16th century church largely dates back to the Renaissance and is 115 metres long […]
| Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:15 - 18:30 Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00 | Price: € 5, Up to 10 years: free / 65+ and students: € 3.50 | Website | Distance: 1.80km
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Mirador de San Nicolás

Buskers At The Mirador De San Nicolas
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The Mirador de San Nicolás is a viewing point in the in the historic Albaicín neighborhood of the Spanish city of Granada, in Andalusia. The Mirador de San Nicolás is perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Granada.  If you are planning a trip to Granada, Mirador de San Nicolás as a must for those classic sunset shots of the Alhambra […]
Location: Mirador San Nicolás Plaza Mirador de San Nicolás, 2 18010 Granada Spain | Hours: 24 Hour | Price: Free | Distance: 1.90km
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Parque de las Ciencias Granada

Parque De Las Ciencias Granada
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The Parque de las Ciencias Granada or Science Park and Science Museum in Granada is a is a 70,000 square metre interactive science museum located in Granada. The exhibitions  invite participation in order to understand the science behind things like inertia, gravity and Archimedes’ principle. This is the most visited museum in Andalusia since the opening […]
Location: Avda. de la Ciencia, s/n Granada | Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 19:00 Sunday and public holidays 10:00 - 15:00 Closed on Mondays 1st of January, 1st of May and December 25th closed Times of the planetarium are available daily at the ticket office. Approximately every hour a session. | Price: Regular tickets: € 7 / planetarium € 2.50 65+ and under 18: € 6 / planetarium € 2 | Website | Distance: 1.90km
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Sacromonte

Sacromonte Granada
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The Sacromonte district is a district of Granada, located on the Valparaiso hill.   It is one of the six neighbourhoods that make up the urban district of Albayzín.  The district is famous in Andalusia for its unique gypsy neighborhoods, which are full of caves of flamenco music. The Sacromonte also offers views of the towers of […]
| Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets Available | Distance: 1.90km
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Albaycin

Albaicin, Granada, Seen From Alhambra
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Albaycin is a neighborhood and district of the old Moorish quarter in the city of Granada. The neighborhood has neat narrow lanes and well-kept traditional houses, the area has retained its old charm and is the ideal place to discover Moorish architecture. Albaicín is especially famous for its dramatic views overlooking the Alhambra palace.  This […]
Visiting Albaycin

Church Of San Salvador

San Salvador Albaicin Granada
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The Iglesia del Salvador or the El Salvador Church is a 16th century church in Granada, built on the site of the Albaicín Great Mosque. The church has a very interesting architectural style that reflects the blend of strict Classicism with Moorish elements. Short History of the Church Of San Salvador The Iglesia El Salvador […]
Location: Church of San Salvador, Placeta del Abad, 7, Granada, Spain | Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-1pm and 4.30-6.30pm | Price: 1€ | Distance: 2.00km
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Palacio de Dar-Al-Horra

View Of Dar Al Horra Palace, Granada
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The Palacio de Dar-Al-Horra or Palace of the Honest Woman is a palace situated in the Albaicín district of Granada.  The 15th century palace was the residence of the sultana Aixa; who was the mother of the last Moorish sultan, Boabdil of Granada. The History of Palacio de Dar-Al-Horra in under a minute! The palace […]
Location: Callejón Ladrón del Agua, 8 in Granada | Price: €5, Sun free | Website | Distance: 2.10km
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Plaza Larga

Plaza Larga, Albaicin Granada
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Plaza Larga or Long Square, is a vibrant Plaza in the Albaicín quarter in Granada, Andaulsia. The square is characterized by its attractive cobblestone paving which holds the vegetable and fruit market every morning. aza Larga also has a growing culinary culture with many restaurants and cafés serving delicious tapas with original Arabic touches. Several […]
Location: Plaza Larga, Albaicin, Granada | Hours: 24 Hour | Price: Free | Distance: 2.10km
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Monastery of Cartuja

Granada Charterhouse, View From The East. Granada, Spain
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The Monasterio de la Cartuja is a monastery which once housed Carthusian monks located on a northern hill of Granada. The monastery with a special interior in baroque style dates back to 1506, but was not completed in its current state until three centuries later.  The main attraction is its baroque church. This monument is often overlooked […]
Location: Monasterio de la Cartuja, Paseo de Cartuja, Granada | Hours: Summer: 10:00-13:00 and 16:00-20:00 Winter: 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 | Price: €5.00, Up to 12 years free / students up to 25 years € 3.50 | Website | Distance: 3.30km
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Best Time to Visit Granada

The best time to visit Granada, Spain, largely depends on your preferences for weather, crowd levels, and activities. Here’s a breakdown of the seasons:

  1. Spring (March to May): Spring is a wonderful time to visit Granada when the weather is mild and the city is blooming with flowers. Temperatures are comfortable for exploring outdoor attractions such as the Alhambra Palace, Generalife Gardens, and the historic Albaicín neighborhood. Additionally, spring sees fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months, allowing you to enjoy the city’s attractions without the crowds.
  2. Summer (June to August): Summer is the peak tourist season in Granada, with hot temperatures and bustling streets. While it can be crowded and temperatures can soar, summer is the best time for experiencing the lively atmosphere of the city’s plazas, enjoying outdoor dining, and attending cultural events and festivals. If you visit during summer, be sure to book accommodations and tickets to popular attractions well in advance.
  3. Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another excellent time to visit Granada, with mild temperatures and fewer crowds compared to the summer months. The weather remains pleasant, allowing you to continue exploring outdoor attractions and enjoying activities such as hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains. Additionally, autumn is harvest season, and you can sample seasonal delights at local markets and restaurants.
  4. Winter (December to February): Winter is the quietest time to visit Granada, with cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall. While the weather may not be ideal for outdoor activities, it’s a great time to explore indoor attractions such as museums, galleries, and historic sites without the crowds. Plus, winter sees festive celebrations and holiday markets, adding to the city’s charm.

Ultimately, the best time to visit Granada depends on your preferences and what you hope to experience during your trip. Whether you prefer the vibrant atmosphere of summer, the mild temperatures of spring and autumn, or the quieter ambiance of winter, Granada offers something for every traveler throughout the year.

Average Temperatures in Granada

  • January 15°C 6
  • February 18°C 8
  • March 20°C 10
  • April 26°C 7
  • May 27°C 4
  • June 34°C 2
  • July 38°C 0
  • August 36°C 1
  • September 30°C 3
  • October 27°C 5
  • November 19°C 8
  • December 16°C 8

How to get to Granada

By Air: Granada’s Federico García Lorca Airport, located about 15 kilometers west of the city, serves domestic flights from major Spanish cities and some international routes. An alternative is Malaga Airport, which offers a wider range of international connections. From Malaga, Granada can be reached by bus, train, or rental car.

By Train: Granada is connected to major Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona via Spain’s rail network, including high-speed AVE trains. The train journey from Madrid to Granada takes approximately 3 to 4 hours, offering a comfortable and scenic route.

By Bus: Buses to Granada from major Spanish cities are frequent and affordable, making this a popular option for travelers. The main bus station in Granada has regular services to and from cities like Madrid, Seville, and Malaga.

By Car: Driving to Granada offers flexibility and the opportunity to explore the Andalusian landscape at your own pace. Granada is well-connected by highways and can be easily reached from any major city in Andalusia or from Madrid.

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