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Things to do in Granada

Are you going to visit Granada and want to know what to see and do in the city?

There are endless activities that you can do, both cultural and leisure, gastronomic, romantic, family …

So whether you live here or are planning a getaway, take note of these plans to do in Granada!

The essentials places to visit in Granada

Surely when talking about Granada you have heard about these plans that we are going to mention below:

1.Visit the Alhambra

Visiting Granada and not visiting the Alhambra makes no sense. What is considered the eighth wonder of the world and one of the most visited monuments in Spain and Europe, is worth visiting at least once in your life (if not more!).

There are many who say that Granada lives eclipsed by the Alhambra, and it is that in addition to having a great historical and artistic cultural importance, we must not forget the beauty of its Nasrid Palaces, the freshness of the Generalife gardens, its towers, patios, fountains, citadel, its forest … They make no one remain indifferent after passing through here.

Did you know that in the Alhambra there are about 10,000 inscriptions of poems and texts?

Therefore, book your ticket to the Alhambra in advance, walk around its surroundings, fully immerse yourself in Andalusian history and take the best souvenir photographs.

2.Go to a viewpoint of the Alhambra

Once you have seen the magic of the Alhambra from the inside, how about seeing its magic from the outside?

In Granada there are many viewpoints that take your breath away. Some people said that the sunset from the famous Mirador de San Nicolás is the most beautiful in the world, and without being self-centered, they are absolutely right!

As we have mentioned, among the most popular viewpoints in Granada is the Mirador de San Nicolás, but also the Mirador Placeta de Carvajales, the Mirador de San Miguel Alto (and so high!), The Mirador de la Abadía del Sacromonte, the Mirador de San Cristobal, the Mirador de la Vereda de Enmedio …

And you know what? It is a free plan in Granada that is very worth it 🙂

3. Make a route through the Albaicín

The Albaicín is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most emblematic neighborhood of Granada, since in addition to being especially peculiar with its narrow and cobbled streets, it is considered an extension of the monumental complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife.

Its most famous and busiest street is the Paseo de los Tristes, which meanders along the Darro River, its best-known viewpoint is the Mirador de San Nicolás, although it has many more spectacular and less touristy viewpoints, and its most popular square is Plaza Larga. , ideal to take a break and have a beer.

Also on your route through the Albaicín de Granada you will find numerous monuments and monumental ensembles from different periods, mainly Nasrid and Renaissance.

Some of them are the 11th century Ziri wall, the Arab baths of El Bañuelo, the Arco de las Pesas, the Puerta de Elvira, the Church of El Salvador, the Church of San Miguel Bajo, the Church of San Gregorio, the Church of San Cristobal and viewpoint of San Cristobal, Palace of Dar al-Horra, Hermitage of San Miguel Alto and viewpoint of San Miguel Alto, Casa de la Lona, Palacio de los Córdova from the 16th century, Casa de Zafra …

By the way! Before visiting the Albaicín neighborhood of Granada, do not forget to put on comfortable shoes and prepare a tour, as its cobblestone and narrow streets lose even the most expert traveler 😉


And how were we going to leave food behind?

The gastronomy of any place is a great attraction for every tourist, but Granada has something special, the free tapas included with your drink. Yes! Order yourself an exquisite Alhambra beer or a soft drink and let the waiter surprise you with a free portion.

It can already be a potato omelette, meat in sauce, cheese in oil, montadito, bagel or fish, the tapas bars of Granada manage so that their customers do not leave hungry.

And where to have tapas in Granada?

The truth is that practically in any bar in the city they serve you tapas with your drink, either of your choice or the one suggested to you, but the truth is that there are neighborhoods or more popular areas for tapas in Granada.

You will not miss the central and touristy Calle Navas, the Placeta de San Miguel Bajo in the Albaicín, the Calle Gonzalo Gallas full of students, the La Chana neighborhood, the surroundings of the Cathedral or the area of ​​the Sports Palace.

That’s right, if you want to eat very cheaply in Granada and at the same time enjoy a good time with your people, going for tapas is one of the best things to do in Granada.

5.Visit the Cathedral of Granada

Another of the typical things to see in Granada is the Santa Iglesia Catedral Metropolitana de la Encarnación, that is, its Cathedral.

Its name is due to the fact that the first stone for its construction was placed in 1523, the day of the Incarnation.

Located in the heart of the city and in one of the most special squares, La Plaza de las Pasiegas, this temple is one of the masterpieces of the Spanish Renaissance, with a magnificent façade and a spectacular interior.

If you want to visit the Cathedral of Granada, you can buy the ticket directly at the ticket office at the door to the monument.

Granada Cathedral is open every day of the week; Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6:30 pm and on Sundays and holidays from 3pm to 5:45 pm.

The normal price is € 5 per person, € 3.5 for students and the disabled, free entry for children under 12 years old.

In addition, there is free entry to the Cathedral of Granada on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. with prior reservation.

Finally, the Cathedral of Granada is part of the same monumental complex together with the Royal Chapel, the Lonja and the Church of the Sagrario.

And you know what? Walking around its surroundings is a great pleasure; by Plaza Bib-Rambla, Plaza de la Romanilla, Gran Vía, Calle San Jerónimo …

In the heart of Granada, you will not lack places to have a good coffee, shops of all kinds, tapas bars, essences stalls, tapas bars, restaurants …

6.Visit other monuments and museums in Granada

Granada is a city that exudes culture and history.

Whether you like this type of tourism more or less, it is an essential activity to do in Granada visiting the odd monument or museum. It will also help you better understand his past.

In addition to the Alhambra and the Generalife and the Cathedral, there are many others that are worth a visit, such as:

  • Federico García Lorca Center (free).
  • Archaeological Museum (free).
  • Palacio de los Córdova (free).
  • José Guerrero Center (free).
  • Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo and Church of Santo Domingo (free).
  • Alhambra Museum (free).
  • Museum of Fine Arts (free).
  • CajaGranada Cultural Center (free).
  • The Palace of the Forgotten (free).
  • House of Shots (free).
  • Cartuja Monastery (free).
  • Federico García Lorca House Museum (Huerta de San Vicente)
  • Sacromonte Abbey
  • Royal chapel
  • Aljibe del Rey
  • Rodriguez Acosta Foundation
  • Dressing room of the Virgin of the Rosary
  • The Madrasa
  • Zafra House

In addition, as we have mentioned, there are many free monuments to see in Granada and many others with a very reduced price.

7.Walking around Granada

Granada is a small city that can be easily explored on foot. In addition to being small and narrow, it is one of the most beautiful cities in our country, with a special charm that captivates any traveler.

We really are not exaggerating!

Make yourself comfortable, camera in hand, and stroll through some of its squares, such as Plaza Nueva, Plaza de las Pasiegas, Plaza Bib-Rambla, Plaza de la Romanilla, Plaza de San Agustín, Plaza de la Universidad, Plaza de Trinidad, Plaza del Campillo , Plaza Campo del Príncipe, Plaza de Isabel la Católica …

Discover the Albaicín neighborhood, unique in the world. As we have mentioned before, here is the Mirador de San Nicolás and many other viewpoints with views of the Alhambra in Granada. In addition to getting lost in its various cobbled and labyrinthine streets, you can also visit some places of interest such as the Casa del Chapiz, El Bañuelo or the Casa de Dar al-Horra.

Another well-known neighborhood is Realejo, also with very unique streets, where you can distract yourself with the murals of El Niño de las Pintura or go up to the Mirador de el Lavadero de la Puerta del Sol.

Do you want more?

Granada also has some parks where you can disconnect, such as that of Periodista Tico Medina or that of Federico García Lorca, emblematic fountains, inlaid and souvenir shops, street stalls of essences and spices …

8.Visit a Carmen

Many visitors are not aware of what a Carmen from Granada is. It is a typical type of house, rustic and fenced, which has a garden, green space, orchard and fountain or pool. You will find this house in the Albaicín and Realejo neighborhoods.

Although it is of Nasrid origin and its use began as agricultural, modern Carmen, as we know it today, was forged in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The best known and the largest is within the Alhambra and is the Carmen de los Mártires, occupying more than seven hectares.

And where exactly are the Carmenes of the Albaicín?

If you want to visit Cármenes in the Albaicín neighborhood, some of the best known are Carmen de los Chapiteles, Carmen de la Victoria (owned by the University of Granada), Carmen de Max Moureau (also known as Carmen de los Geranios and where a painting museum is located) or the Carmen of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation.

All these Cármenes are public, but in reality, most of Granada’s Carmenes are private and belong to individuals. These are used as a residence or as restaurants. Those that are used as a residence or home can be visited thanks to the hospitality of their owners. One of the best known is the Carmen de los Cipreses. Only a good Grenadian knows these places!

In short, if you want to know what to see for free in Granada, visiting the magic of these pleasant, quiet and relaxing spaces, full of vegetation and which usually have views of the Alhambra, can be an ideal activity.

9. Go to Sierra Nevada

If you want to know what to do in Granada in winter, nothing like stepping on the southernmost ski resort in Europe!

Sierra Nevada has very good ski slopes of all levels and there is also a good chance of having sunny days.

Whether you like to practice sports or if you just want to go up to enjoy the snow, there you have the option of high mountains just about 40 km from the capital.

In the town of Pradollano, from where the ski lifts depart, you will find shops, restaurants, equipment rentals …

On the other hand, Sierra Nevada is a good plan to do in Granada in summer without wanting to do a route up the Veleta, very popular at this time and a good opportunity to escape from the high temperatures.

Ready to climb its more than 3,000 meters of altitude?

10.Visiting the Granada coast

It cannot be denied that the province of Granada has a wonderful variety of settings.

In just 100km you can go from the peak of the mountain to the center of the city or to the Granada coast.

The best known coastal towns are Salobreña, Almuñecar, Motril, Castell de Ferro … and in just about 40 minutes by car on the A-44 motorway you will be soaking in its fresh and crystalline waters.

The Granada coast is also suitable for sports activities such as kayaking, snorkeling or diving.

Some of its most popular beaches and coves are:

  • Peñón de Salobreña Beach
  • Calahonda Beach (Motril)
  • Cantarriján Beach (Almuñecar)
  • Herradura Beach (Almuñecar)
  • La Joya Beach (Motril)
  • Rijana beach (Castell de Ferro)
  • Playa de la Guardia (Salobreña)
  • San Cristobal Beach (Almuñecar)
  • Beach of the Russian (Albuñol)
  • El Cambrón beach (Salobreña)

Without a doubt one of the best things to do in Granada in summer!

11.Visiting the Granada Alpujarra

And who has not heard of Granada’s Alpujarra?

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada is this valley of spectacular landscapes and white Berber-style villages.

La Alpujarra is an ideal place for gastronomic tourism in its villages or for nature routes just 40 minutes away by car.

In it there are municipalities belonging to the province of Granada and the province of Almería. And due to their different positions, these towns are located between the lower Alpujarra, the middle Alpujarra and the upper Alpujarra.

Among the most picturesque and tourist towns of the Granada Alpujarra are:

  • Lanjarón
  • Orgiva
  • Pampaneira
  • Capileira
  • Bubion
  • Trevelez

One more proof that in the province you can enjoy the city, culture, mountains and sea almost on the same day and a magnificent proposal of what to do in Granada in spring, when nature reaches its best moment.

How many of them are familiar to you?

What to do in Granada in one day

There are many travelers who simply pass through Granada, either because they come and go from their nearby destinations or because they spend the night in another city. It may also be your case that you live here and look for a day of sightseeing;)

In this case, what to do in Granada in one day?

You can make the full visit to the Alhambra, but in this case, you probably won’t have time to do much more on that day. So our proposal is to squeeze the city to the fullest but without entrance to the Alhambra. Instead you can visit all its surroundings, forest, outer walls, Carmen de los Mártires, Museum and even the Palace of Carlos V, all free of charge.

Of course you will have to eat tapas in some of the most typical places, such as Calle Navas, Calle San Matías or around the Cathedral.

In the afternoon you can have a coffee or an ice cream in one of its most central squares and take a walk through them, simply to enjoy the atmosphere and beauty of them: Plaza Nueva, Plaza Bib-Rambla, Plaza Trinidad, Plaza de la Fuente of the Battles, Plaza del Humilladero, Plaza de las Pasiegas, Plaza de la Romanilla …

You can also choose to have a Moorish tea in its popular Teterias Street.

Finally, a great activity to spend a day of sightseeing in Granada is to watch the sunset at the Mirador de San Nicolás, in the Albaicín neighborhood.

What to do in Granada on a weekend

If you want to know what to see and do on a weekend in Granada, you can sign up for the following activities.

Don’t miss the complete visit to the Alhambra and Generalife Palaces, but book your ticket in advance! The ideal way to take advantage of the day is to visit the Alhambra in the morning, since it usually takes about 3 or 4 hours.

For meals, remember to go for tapas at least once, reserve a meal in a restaurant with views of the Alhambra and also have dinner in a cave house while watching a flamenco show.

Set aside several hours to get lost and wander around the Albaicín neighborhood and take pictures of yourself in all its corners and viewpoints. Also visit some Carmen and have a tea in the street of the Teterías.

And finally, don’t forget to visit some essential monuments and museums to learn about the history and roots of the city. As are the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Bañuelo, El Corral del Carbón, the Casa de Zafra, the Palacio de los Córdova, the Madraza …

What to do in Granada in one week

If, on the other hand, you are going to travel for a week and want to know what to see and do for 7 days in Granada, you will not be short of options!

A complete visit to the Alhambra and the Generalife, a tour of the upper and lower Albaicín, is essential. Don’t forget to go up to the Mirador de San Miguel Alto and the Mirador de la Abadía del Sacromonte with camera in hand.

You should also visit the Realejo neighborhood, visit monuments or museums such as the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Madraza, the Casa del Chapiz, the Federico García Lorca Center, the Cartuja Monastery, the Palace of the Forgotten … or even the Science Park.

And above all, stroll around Granada! Its central streets and squares have no waste at sunset.

In addition, once you have seen the most important of the city, you will still have free days to go up to Sierra Nevada, do a nature route such as Cahorros de Monachil, visit a town in the Alpujarra of Granada, visit the Guadix caves or take a walk or a dip on the beaches of Motril.

The province of Granada has it all!

What to do in Granada for free

If you come on a low budget, don’t worry, Granada is a cheap city and there are many options to spend little money on your getaway.

As we have already mentioned, the surroundings of the Alhambra, gardens and forest, walls, Carmen de los Mártires, Palacio de Carlos V …

On the other hand, there are many other free monuments and museums in Granada.

  • Federico García Lorca Center.
  • Archeological Museum.
  • Palacio de los Córdova.
  • José Guerrero Center.
  • Royal Room of Santo Domingo and Church of Santo Domingo.
  • Alhambra Museum.
  • Museum of Fine Arts.
  • CajaGranada Cultural Center.
  • The Palace of the Forgotten.
  • Casa de los Tiros: free for U.E citizens (for the rest € 1.5).
  • Monastery of the Cartuja: free visit with previous reservation.
  • Federico García Lorca House Museum (Huerta de San Vicente): free Wednesday morning.
  • Sacromonte Abbey: free from Monday to Friday at 10:30 a.m. and with prior reservation.
  • Granada Cathedral: free on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and with prior reservation.
  • Royal Chapel: free on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with prior reservation.
  • Aljibe del Rey: free from Monday to Friday at 12 noon.
  • Rodríguez Acosta Foundation: free on Fridays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Dressing room of the Virgin of the Rosary: ​​€ 2
  • The Madrasa: € 2
  • Zafra House: € 3

Also, don’t forget to visit a public Carmen, such as Carmen de la Victoria or a private one when their owners allow it.

And to go up to one of its most famous viewpoints, such as the Mirador de San Nicolás, the Mirador Placeta de Carvajales, the Mirador de San Miguel Alto, the Mirador de la Abadía del Sacromonte, the Mirador de San Cristobal, the Mirador de la Vereda in the middle…

And finally, walking is free! Yes! And Granada is a perfect city to explore its center on foot, take beautiful pictures or sit on a bench to enjoy the atmosphere.

Things to do in Granada for couples

If Granada has another peculiarity, it is that it is a very romantic city, one of the most romantic in our country.

And what to do a romantic weekend in Granada?

Well, you have all the options, starting with staying in a cozy hotel with views of the Alhambra, you will not be short of options in the Albaicín neighborhood! As well as booking a romantic dinner behind a window with views of the Alhambra. And there is nothing more romantic than having this monument in the background!

Of course, stroll through its streets and squares at sunset, sit in a viewpoint to enjoy the views of the city or have a Moorish tea in a tea shop.

Other original activities to do as a couple in Granada are relaxing and giving yourself a massage in an Arab bath or booking a hot air balloon visit to have the privilege of seeing the city from a bird’s eye view.

Have we convinced you?

What to do in Granada with the family

Perhaps your intention is to visit the city with your family, in that case, what to see and do in Granada with children?

Well, in addition to visiting the Alhambra, essential for them, it would be a very good option to hire a tourist tour or free tour of the city so that they know its history through a guide.

Another great family activity in Granada is to visit the Science Park, where they can improve their knowledge about planets, plants, animals … And the Caja Granada Cultural Center, a peculiar place where the little ones will learn about the history of Andalusia through the senses, in addition to touring one of the most surprising buildings in the city.

You can also spend the afternoon in one of its parks: Parque Federico García Lorca or Parque Periodista Tico Medina, where you can practice some sport.

Another last suggestion is to go to a shopping center; the Nevada Shopping, where they can do children’s activities or eat at one of their favorite food chains, or the Serrallo Plaza, where in addition to shops and restaurants, they have a skating rink and zip lines.

And of course having tapas in Granada with the family!

What to do in Granada with friends

And if you want to visit Granada with friends?

Granada adapts to any traveler and it is also a fun and enjoyable city to enjoy with your group of friends.

The ideal would be to hire a free tour to show you the city and immerse you in its history and enclave. Take a souvenir photo in some of its viewpoints.

Get lost wandering around the Albaicín.

You can not miss the appointment of Granada tapas, in any of its neighborhoods.

You will not be short of options for bars, pubs and clubs throughout the city. Granada is a city par excellence for students and it has a lot of atmosphere!

And you can also go shopping in the center of the capital or in a shopping center.

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