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One Day in Granada

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With its backdrop of impressive Sierra Nevada and the majestic Moorish Alhambra, its grand university, and its stunning architecture, it's no wonder that this awesome Andalusian city has provided inspiration for great artists such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Laurie Lee, Washington Irving, and Salman Rushdie. Through its fragrant spices and 14th century buildings, soaring cathedrals and colorful flamenco dresses, you can experience Granada's heady mix of Arabic and Spanish cultures. That's to say nothing of the charming narrow streets, delicious cuisine, and bazaars selling aromatic teas, carpets, ceramics, and more. Make the most of all it has to offer with this guide to one day in Granada.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

12 City Tips

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10 Places

The Alhambra

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites

Generalife

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Gardens

Restaurante Sevilla

Restaurants

Cathedral and Royal Chapel

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues

Saint Jerome Monastery

Sacred & Religious Sites

Plaza de Toros de Granada

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums

Hammam Al Andalus Granada

Historic Sites, Spas

Albayzin

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Sacromonte

Neighbourhoods

Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias)

Observatories & Planetariums, Science Museums

Sarah F's City Tips

  • Many bars dish out free tapas with your drinks, a cheap way to try Spanish cuisine.
  • Dinner tends to be late, and some restaurants may not start serving until 9pm.
  • Look out for lunchtime set menus in restaurants. Called "menus del dia," they are great value.
  • The Arab influence is evident in the cuisine. Try Olla de San Anton pork stew, Sacromonte omelette with meat and vegetables, or baby broad beans with Spanish ham.
  • If you're pleased with the service, leave a tip in restaurants, bars, and for hotel porters and waiters.
  • The Sierra Nevada is just 10km from Granada city, so you can visit the ski resorts too if visiting in winter.
  • The Granada Card provides admission to many major attractions, plus limited bus rides, a tour on the Tourist Train, and discounts around town.
  • Head for the Albaicín district to see flamenco at its finest.
  • Granada FC are in La Liga, so you can see top-flight Spanish football while you're in town.
  • Many attractions are within easy walking distance of one another.
  • The tourist bus and train are the easiest ways to get around to the main attractions (if you're not walking).
  • Many businesses close for siesta (usually about 2-5pm).
  • The Alhambra
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites
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    Sarah F Says:

    The allure of the Alhambra is the number one reason that people visit Granada. The UNESCO World Heritage Site stands on the mountaintop overlooking the city. Take a walk through Spain's Moorish history as you explore the Royal palaces, where each room becomes more opulent than the last with elaborate carvings, mosaics, stained-glass windows, and romantic courtyards.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Definitely pre-book your Alhambra tickets, as numbers are limited.
    • Allow plenty of time to visit the Alhambra and its gardens — you should allow for several hours.
    • Entrance to the palaces is strictly limited to the time slot on your ticket, so be sure to arrive early.
    • Opening times are 8:30am-2pm (morning ticket) and 2-8pm (afternoon ticket; available until 6pm in winter).
    • Guided tours are available.
    • You can stay in the wonderful Alhambra complex, at the luxurious Parador de Granada hotel, a former palace and convent built in the 15th century.
    • The restaurants just outside the Alhambra can be busy and pricey.
    • Enjoy a nighttime visit to the Alhambra, which looks wonderful when it is all lit up.
    • Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be doing a lot of walking.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Double--no-- triple check your dates before you hit purchase online! 16/01/2019
    • Amazing! 16/01/2019
    • The Alhambra
    Address:
    Palacio de Carlos V
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    958 027 971
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Generalife
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Sarah F Says:

    Dating from the 12th century and next door to the Alhambra, the peaceful Generalife was the summer palace of the Nasrid kings. The gardens resemble medieval Persian gardens and are among the oldest surviving Moorish gardens in Spain.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Just outside the Generalife is a protected park, which is ideal for a peaceful walk.
    • The Alhambra Wood has two walking trails around the fortress walls.
    • Make sure you visit the Water Stairway in the Generalife — it’s delightful.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful! 16/01/2019
    • Stunningly beautiful experience. 16/01/2019
    • Generalife
    Address:
    Generalife
    Realejo-San Matias
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 09 12
    Other:
  • Restaurante Sevilla
    Restaurants (Spanish, Mediterranean)
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    Sarah F Says:

    With all the history that Granada exudes, it makes sense to lunch at a historic spot too. Restaurante Sevilla may not be as old as the Alhambra, but it has a storied past nonetheless. Founded in 1930, the humble spot has not changed much since its days as the favorite haunt of Federico García Lorca and his artist friends.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try the "habitas con jamón" (baby broad beans with ham), a famous regional dish.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #817 of 1,439 restaurants in Granada
    • Asi asi 28/10/2015
    • Wonderful walking city 02/03/2015
    • Restaurante Sevilla
    Address:
    Calle Oficios no. 12
    18001 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 12 23
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Cathedral and Royal Chapel
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues
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    Sarah F Says:

    Located in the city center, the magnificent Granada Cathedral is a Renaissance body built on a Gothic foundation — with a spectacular ceiling and impressive stained-glass windows, to boot. Art and architecture lovers will appreciate the paintings, sculptures, altars and chapels, and history buffs will especially enjoy Capilla Real, the Royal Chapel, where Queen Isabel I and King Ferdinand II of Aragon are buried. The marble tombs of this historic couple and other Catholic monarchs dominate the chapel, along with caskets, sculptures, paintings, and an ornate altar.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Also check out Queen Isabel’s silver crown and King Ferdinand’s gold-hilted sword.
    • Queen Isabel’s private collection of Flemish paintings, and a Boticelli masterpiece, are not to be missed.
    • Photography is not allowed inside the chapel.
    • Opposite the entrance is the former 14th-century Islamic University, the Madraza Palace.
    • Make sure you visit the sacristy for its fine paintings and furnishings.
    • The coolness of the Cathedral is an especially welcome break on hot summer days.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go on a Sunday!! Oh my Goodness!! 16/01/2019
    • Amazing place 12/01/2019
    • Cathedral and Royal Chapel
    Address:
    Calle Oficios S/N
    Plaza de la Lonja
    18001 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 29 59
    Other:
  • Saint Jerome Monastery
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Sarah F Says:

    Founded by Isabel and Ferdinand, Convento do San Jeronimo is a fabulously ornate monastery, with two cloisters built around a garden. The recently restored altarpiece is a Renaissance delight, while the sacristy is one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque. It is worth seeing because it is so opulent, and a world away from the generally-accepted concept of a monastery.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The monastery closes in the afternoons.
    • This is a good spot to combine with a visit to the Garcia Lorca Park or cathedral.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quiet Sunay Morning 12/12/2018
    • Stunning and Beautiful. 01/12/2018
    • Saint Jerome Monastery
    Address:
    Calle Rector Lopez Argueta
    18001 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 27 93 37
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Plaza de Toros de Granada
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums
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    Sarah F Says:

    Whether you agree with bullfighting or not, the bullring is an emblem of Spain, and many bullrings are great works of architecture — tremendous structures. Not visiting the bullring in Granada is rather like not visiting the Colosseum in Rome. Whether or not you see a fight, at Plaza de Toros you can learn all about the history of bullfighting, the pedigree of the bulls, and the sport's important place in Spanish history.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When there is no bullfighting, you can visit the ring via a guided or audio tour.
    • Bullfights take place during the Feria del Corpus, which usually takes place in the May-June time frame.
    • The bullfights really are as you would imagine while reading works by Ernest Hemingway — waving white hankies, large crowds, much machismo (and some blood).
    • If you wish to see a bullfight, there are three types of tickets. The cheapest, "sol" are directly in the sun, while the most expensive are "sombra" or shade. Midrange are a mix.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to spend an hour 07/11/2018
    • Very personal and intersting tour 26/09/2018
    • Plaza de Toros de Granada
    Address:
    Avenida Doctor Oloriz 25
    18012 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 33 02 90
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Hammam Al Andalus Granada
    Historic Sites, Spas
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    Sarah F Says:

    Located at the foot of the Alhambra, the Arab Baths are a relaxing way to (literally) soak up the historic culture. Hammam al Andalus is not only atmospheric, but its building, which dates back to the 13th or 14th century, was initially a bathhouse and well, before becoming a bakery under Spanish rule. In 1998, it was restored to its former use as a bathhouse and meeting place. The beautiful arches and tiling, mixed with calming, exotic aromas, add to the relaxing atmosphere here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Bath and Al Ándalus Ritual is only slightly more money, and the massage is a great addition to a soak.
    • You must wear a swimming costume or bikini in the baths.
    • Show your Alhambra ticket for a discount.
    • Take the bus to Gran Via, which is a 5-minute walk from the baths.
    • The cold pool may seem frigid, but try to plunge in. It's tradition, and said to be healthy, to alternate the hot, warm, and cold pools.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 23 Spas & Wellness in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Beautifully presented, professionally run Hammam with excellent staff. 16/01/2019
    • Relaxing and beautiful experience 08/01/2019
    • Hammam Al Andalus Granada
    Address:
    Calle Santa Ana 16
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 99 78
    Other:
  • Albayzin
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Sarah F Says:

    Set opposite the Alhambra, the narrow, winding streets of the Albayzin (or Albaicín) district, make for a fascinating walk in Moorish footsteps. The oldest part dates back to the 11th century, and many Moorish buildings remain in this charming area. Stop for a rest at Mirador de San Nicolas, to drink in the splendor of the Alhambra and take photos.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Many restaurants in the area serve tasty dishes inspired by their North African origins.
    • The Mirador can get crowded, especially at sunset.
    • Another good lookout where you can enjoy the views is the Carril de San Miguel.
    • Start at Calle Calderia Nueva, a narrow street at the bottom with shops selling north African souvenirs such as hookahs, jewelry, and pottery.
    • Buses run every few minutes from Plaza Nueva to the Albaicín, until about 11pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow!! 16/01/2019
    • An amazing place in history 15/01/2019
    • Albayzin
    Address:
    On the hillside opposite the Alhambra
    Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 637 38 65 63
    Other:
  • Sacromonte
    Neighbourhoods
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    Sarah F Says:

    Fling yourself into the exotic world of flamenco music and folk dancing with a visit to the spectacular white cave houses in the Sacromonte neighborhood. The center for Spanish Roma gypsy culture, the Sacromonte is a web of caves, and it is inside these caves, surrounded by copper pots, that you can witness incredible flamenco, with dancers stomping and clapping between the chairs — so close you could reach out and touch them (though I don't advise that you do).

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Your hotel can book a flamenco show or classical guitar concert for you.
    • Don’t expect to pick up a bargain show or meal in this district — the entertainment doesn't come cheap, but it's worth the ticket price.
    • If you're looking for nightlife, El Camborio is a happening spot, situated in caves, where you can dance the night away.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting insight 01/01/2019
    • What an amazing show! 03/12/2018
    • Sacromonte
    Phone:
    +34 958 12 11 83
    Other:
  • Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias)
    Observatories & Planetariums, Science Museums
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    Sarah F Says:

    If you have a little extra time in your jam-packed day, Science Park is great fun for all ages, with interactive exhibits to make learning fun. You can find out about how the body works, play mind games, visit the spectacular planetarium, or head for the natural history area, which features a butterfly park, maze, and flying predators' workshop.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The park is massive, so work out where you want to visit before you go.
    • The tourist bus stops at the park.
    • There is a gift shop and restaurant for refueling.
    • The park is closed on Mondays, but open from 10am on other days.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see especially for families with children 15/01/2019
    • Wonderful time at Parque de la Ciencias 10/01/2019
    • Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias)
    Address:
    Avenida Ciencia s/n
    18006 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 13 19 00
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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