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About this Guide

Welcome to our Granada guide, where we have carefully selected the must-see places and added personal suggestions. It’s a quick and simple guide that you can consult at any time during your trip.

We have focused on providing useful and practical recommendations that will enhance your trip, including off-the-beaten-track locations. We consider this guide a compilation of our favorite spots in the city.

We have also included gastronomic suggestions that will delight your palate and immerse you in Granada’s delicious culinary culture.

We hope you enjoy our guide and it inspires you to explore all the treasures that this wonderful city has to offer!

The Free Tour Shop

The city has an extensive bus network, serving various routes covering tourist destinations, residential areas, and universities.

Buses are frequent, and tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver. The city also has a metro system that complements the bus network, providing rapid transit.

Special tourist cards and accessibility features are available, and real-time information is displayed at many bus stops, helping passengers plan their journeys efficiently.

For the latest information, it’s advisable to check Granada’s official public transportation sources (https://ctagr.es/).

La Alhambra

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex that started being constructed in 1238 by Nasrid Dynasty rulers. It showcases intricate Islamic architecture, including stunning tilework, intricate carvings, and courtyards with reflecting pools. The Nasrid Palaces, Generalife Gardens, and the Alcazaba fortress are key attractions within the Alhambra complex.

Generalife

It is adjacent to the Alhambra, and served as the summer palace and garden retreat for Nasrid rulers. It is renowned for its beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains, and architectural elegance. Visitors can explore its maze-like paths and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

Albaicín

This historic Moorish quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterized by its narrow cobblestone streets, white-washed houses, and traditional tea houses. It offers a glimpse into Granada’s medieval past and provides panoramic views of the Alhambra.

Sacromonte

It is famous for its cave houses carved into the hillsides, which have been inhabited for centuries. It is the heart of Granada’s Romani community and is renowned for its lively flamenco performances, art studios, and unique cultural atmosphere.

Mirador de San Nicolás

This viewpoint offers some of the best views of the Alhambra, especially during sunset. It’s a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, providing a picturesque backdrop for photographs and a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the scenery.

Royal Chapel and Granada Cathedral

The Royal Chapel houses the tombs of Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. Next to it stands the Granada Cathedral, a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture with intricate facades and impressive interiors, including ornate chapels and altars.

Palacio de la Madraza

Palacio de la Madraza is a historical building located near the Granada Cathedral. It was originally a Madrasa (Islamic school) during the Nasrid period. The palace boasts stunning Mudejar architecture, including beautiful stucco work and tile decorations.

Carmen de los Mártires

These historic gardens feature a mix of Islamic, Romantic, and Renaissance influences. Visitors can explore exotic plant species, ponds, peacocks, and architectural elements, all within a serene setting.

Corral del Carbón

Dating back to the 14th century, this monument is a fine example of Nasrid architecture. It was originally an inn and warehouse for merchants and travelers. The building features a central courtyard with a fountain, intricate stucco work, and decorative arches.

Monasterio de San Jerónimo

This monastery, built in the 16th century, is a fine example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Visitors can explore its chapels adorned with religious art, the impressive main altar, and the peaceful courtyard, providing a glimpse into Granada’s religious heritage.

  • Casa del Chapiz: Casa del Chapiz is a historic Moorish house located in the Albaicín neighborhood. It features stunning Nasrid architecture with intricate tilework, courtyards, and gardens. The house showcases the beauty of traditional Andalusian design.

  • Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias): Granada’s science museum offers interactive exhibits on various scientific topics, from astronomy to biology. It also houses a planetarium, butterfly house, and outdoor botanical gardens, making it an educational and entertaining destination for visitors of all ages.

  • Monasterio de la Cartuja: It is a magnificent monastery with Baroque and Renaissance architecture. It houses impressive chapels, cloisters, and artworks. The monastery’s gardens are particularly beautiful, providing a serene retreat.

  • Plaza Nueva: The central square in Granada, surrounded by historic buildings, restaurants, and cafes. It’s a great spot for people-watching and immersing yourself in the city’s atmosphere.

  • Paseo de los Tristes: A picturesque promenade along the Darro River, offering views of the Alhambra. It’s a charming place to stroll, lined with cafes and souvenir shops.

  • El Realejo: It is a historic neighborhood in Granada known for its narrow streets, squares, and historic buildings. It’s a vibrant area with a mix of traditional and modern influences, offering cozy cafes, restaurants, and art galleries.

  • Basílica de San Juan de Dios: A grand baroque-style church known for its ornate interiors, including intricate altars and chapels.

  • Carrera del Darro: One of the oldest streets in Granada, known for its historic buildings, Arabic architecture, and views of the Alhambra.
  • Monastery of Santa Isabel la Real: A serene monastery with a beautiful courtyard and historic rooms, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city.

  • Alcaicería: Alcaicería is Granada’s old silk market, located near the Cathedral. Today, it’s a bustling market area filled with narrow alleys, shops, and stalls selling souvenirs, textiles, spices, and crafts. It’s a great place to experience the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

  • Bañuelo (Arab Baths): Well-preserved Arab baths dating back to the 11th century, providing insight into Islamic bathing rituals and architecture.

  • Palacio de los Olvidados: A museum dedicated to Granada’s history and culture, featuring artifacts, documents, and multimedia exhibits.

  • Arco de las Pesas: Arco de las Pesas is an ancient arch in the Albaicín neighborhood. It’s a remnant of the old city walls and stands as a testament to Granada’s rich historical past. The arch offers picturesque views of the surrounding area.

  • Casa de los Tiros: A 16th-century mansion turned museum, showcasing Granada’s folklore, customs, and traditions through exhibitions and displays.

  • Campo del Príncipe: A lively square surrounded by cafes and restaurants, perfect for enjoying tapas and experiencing Granada’s amazing nightlife.

  • Huerta de San Vicente: The summer residence of renowned poet Federico García Lorca, offering guided tours and insight into the poet’s life and work.

  • Centro Federico García Lorca: A cultural center dedicated to Federico García Lorca, featuring exhibitions, performances, and events related to the poet and his artistic legacy.

  • Palacio de Dar al-Horra: A Nasrid palace turned museum, showcasing Nasrid and Mudejar architecture and providing panoramic views of the Alhambra.
  • Parque García Lorca: A scenic park named after the famous poet, offering green spaces, playgrounds, and walking trails, perfect for a relaxing day outdoors.

  • Hammam Al Ándalus: It is a luxurious Arab bathhouse in Granada. It offers a tranquil spa experience with various pools, steam rooms, and massages, allowing visitors to relax and rejuvenate in a setting reminiscent of Granada’s Moorish heritage.

  • Calle de las Teterías or “Tea House Street,” is a charming street in the Albaicín neighborhood. Lined with tea houses, it offers a taste of Moorish ambiance. Visitors can enjoy a variety of teas, hookahs, and sweets while immersing themselves in the exotic atmosphere.

  • Plaza Bib-Rambla: A bustling square lined with cafes, shops, and market stalls, known for its vibrant atmosphere and events, such as outdoor concerts and festivals.

  • Museum of Fine Arts: A museum displaying a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, showcasing Spanish artists from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

  • Sacromonte Abbey (Abadía del Sacromonte): Situada en el barrio del Sacromonte, esta abadía es famosa por sus reliquias y su arquitectura. Ofrece vistas panorámicas de Granada y es un lugar emblemático para aprender sobre la historia religiosa de la ciudad.

Granada is all of this and more! We understand that the best way to get to know a city is by walking the streets and discovering every secret they hold. We can’t think of a better way to show you the city than for you to visit with us on a Free Walking Tour:

Tours and Activities in Granada

Tapas

Granada is famous for its generous tapas servings. When you order a drink in most bars, you’ll receive a free tapa. These can range from simple olives and cheese to more elaborate dishes like albondigas (meatballs) or patatas a lo pobre (poor man’s potatoes).

Salmorejo

Although more associated with Andalusia in general, this cold tomato soup made with tomatoes, bread, olive oil, garlic, and vinegar is commonly found in Granada, especially in the summertime.

Tortilla del Sacromonte

Very traditional option but a bit controversial because of its ingredients (mainly brains and testicles), it’s not to everyone’s taste.

Remojón

A refreshing salad made with codfish, oranges, onions, and olives, drizzled with olive oil. It’s a popular choice, especially during the hot summer months.

Plato Alpujarreño

A hearty dish from the nearby Alpujarra region, it typically includes a combination of morcilla (blood sausage), chorizo, ham, and eggs, served with potatoes.

Rabo de Toro

Slow-cooked oxtail stewed in red wine and spices until tender. It’s a flavorful and rich dish often served with potatoes.

Habas con Jamón

Broad beans cooked with cured ham, garlic, and olive oil, creating a flavorful and hearty dish.

Seco de Cordero

A traditional lamb stew made with garlic, tomatoes, spices, and wine. The slow cooking process results in tender and flavorful meat.

Piononos

A sweet pastry originating from Santa Fe, a town near Granada. Piononos are small sponge cakes rolled into a cylinder shape, filled with cream and topped with powdered sugar.

Leche Frita

Translated as “fried milk,” this dessert is made by thickening milk with flour and sugar, then shaping it into squares or rectangles, and deep frying until golden brown. It’s often sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Roscos de Loja

These are ring-shaped biscuits made with ingredients like aniseed, sesame seeds, and olive oil. They are often enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea.

Bienmesabe

A sweet almond dessert made with ground almonds, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and cinnamon. It has a creamy texture and is often served chilled.

Tocino de Cielo

This dessert’s name translates to “heaven’s bacon.” It’s a rich, flan-like dessert made with egg yolks, sugar, and water. It has a smooth, velvety texture and is typically baked in small ceramic dishes.

Soplillos

These delicate meringue cookies are made with egg whites and sugar, creating a light and airy treat. Sometimes they are flavored with lemon or almond extract.

Torta Real

A traditional cake made with marzipan, almonds, and candied fruits. It’s often shaped into a crown, making it a popular choice for celebrations and special occasions.

Tinto de Verano

A refreshing summer drink made by mixing red wine with soda or lemonade. It’s a popular choice to beat the heat.

Cerveza Alhambra

Alhambra is a well-known local brewery in Granada, producing a range of beers, including Alhambra Reserva, Alhambra Especial, and Alhambra Premium Lager. Each offers a unique taste and quality.

Calicasas

This is a local alcoholic beverage made from aniseed, sugar, and other aromatic herbs. It’s often served as a digestif and is popular in the region.

Vino de la Tierra

Granada’s surrounding region produces excellent wines. You can enjoy local wines (vino de la tierra) in bars and restaurants, often accompanied by tapas.

Horchata

While horchata is more commonly associated with Valencia, you can find this sweet, milky drink made from tiger nuts in Granada as well. It’s especially popular in the summertime.

Ponche Granadino

A traditional liqueur made with rum, brandy, cinnamon, and citrus fruits. It’s sweet and aromatic, often enjoyed as a dessert drink.

Calle Reyes Católicos

This bustling street is one of Granada’s main shopping areas, featuring a mix of international and Spanish brands, fashion boutiques, and specialty stores.

Alcaicería

Located near the Cathedral, Alcaicería is Granada’s old silk market. Today, it’s a vibrant market area with narrow alleys lined with shops selling souvenirs, spices, ceramics, and textiles.

Albaicín

The historic Albaicín neighborhood is a great place to find unique artisanal products, including handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and leather goods. It’s also an excellent area for antique shopping.

Paseo de los Tristes

This picturesque promenade along the Darro River is home to charming souvenir shops, art galleries, and handicraft stores. It’s a great place to find unique gifts and local crafts.

Calle Recogidas

This street is known for its trendy boutiques, fashion stores, and shoe shops. It’s a popular destination for fashion enthusiasts looking for stylish clothing and accessories.

Zaidín Shopping Area

Located in the southern part of the city, the Zaidín neighborhood offers various shops, including clothing stores, electronics shops, and supermarkets, providing for the everyday shopping needs of residents and visitors.

Mercado San Agustín

This indoor market is a food lover’s paradise, offering fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and local delicacies. It’s a great place to shop for gourmet ingredients and sample authentic Andalusian flavors.

Extra Tip! Remember that most shops in Granada follow the siesta tradition, closing for a few hours in the afternoon, typically from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Also, many local markets and smaller shops might close on Sundays, so it’s advisable to plan your shopping accordingly.

Curiosities of Granada

  • Granada was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain. The Nasrid dynasty held onto Granada until 1492 when it was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, marking the end of Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Alhambra’s architecture is not only breathtaking but also mathematically precise. Its intricate designs follow complex geometric patterns, showcasing the advanced knowledge of mathematics and architecture during the Nasrid period.
  • The Sacromonte neighborhood is famous for its cave houses, carved into the hillsides. Some of these caves are still inhabited, providing a unique living experience. Sacromonte is also known for its flamenco shows.
  • Within the Alhambra, the Palacio de los Leones (Palace of the Lions) features a central courtyard with a fountain supported by 12 white marble lions. The arrangement of these lions allows one to hear the fountain’s water from any corner of the courtyard, demonstrating the clever design of the Nasrid architects.
  • The renowned poet and playwright Federico García Lorca was born in a village near Granada. His works are celebrated, and visitors can explore his life and legacy at sites like Huerta de San Vicente, his summer residence, and the Centro Federico García Lorca, dedicated to his memory.
  • Granada houses one of the best-preserved Arab baths in Spain, El Banuelo. Built in the 11th century, it showcases the sophistication of ancient Islamic bathing rituals and architecture.
  • Granada is one of the few places in Europe where you can ski in the morning and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon. The Sierra Nevada mountain range, visible from Granada, offers excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities during the winter months.
  • According to local legend, the Generalife Gardens were designed to resemble paradise. The gardens’ beauty was said to be so enchanting that anyone who visited them would be transported to a heavenly realm.
  • Federico García Lorca and Salvador Dalí, both iconic figures in the worlds of literature and art, were close friends. Their friendship began during their student years in Madrid and continued throughout their lives, influencing each other’s work significantly.
  • Granada is a hub for scientific research and innovation. It hosts several research institutes and universities, contributing significantly to Spain’s scientific community.
  • The name “Granada” is derived from the Arabic word “Garnata,” which means “hill of pilgrims.” This name reflects the city’s diverse cultural heritage and history of different civilizations coexisting.
  • Granada is one of the birthplaces of Flamenco, the passionate and expressive Andalusian music and dance style. Many Flamenco artists, singers, and dancers have roots in Granada.
  • Granada’s street names often reflect its multicultural past. You can find streets named after figures from various cultures, including Arabic, Jewish, and Christian.
  • Granada has been a significant source of inspiration for poets and writers throughout history. Federico García Lorca, one of Spain’s most celebrated poets, drew inspiration from the city’s landscapes and culture, which is reflected in his literary works.
  • The Nasrid Palaces within the Alhambra are renowned for their exquisite architecture and intricate tilework. It’s said that there are 10,000 inscriptions on the walls, many of which are poems praising the beauty of the Alhambra and its surroundings.
  • Granada benefits from a unique microclimate due to its geographical location. It’s one of the few places in Europe where you can find both subtropical and alpine vegetation within close proximity.
  • Founded in 1531, the University of Granada is one of the oldest universities in Spain and has a rich academic tradition. It’s known for its high-quality education and diverse international student population.
  • The Sacromonte neighborhood is steeped in mystery. It’s believed that hidden treasures might still exist in the caves, and legends of hidden gold and historical artifacts have fascinated explorers and adventurers for centuries.

Alhambra-themed Items

Look for souvenirs featuring the intricate designs and architecture of the Alhambra, such as postcards, magnets, and posters.

Spanish Ceramics

Granada is known for its colorful ceramic tiles. You can find ceramic plates, tiles, and pottery adorned with traditional Andalusian designs.

Hand-Painted Fans

Elegant hand-painted fans, often made of wood and fabric, are popular souvenirs in Granada. They come in various sizes and designs.

Granada Wines

Bring home a bottle of locally produced wine from the surrounding vineyards of Granada, showcasing the region’s excellent winemaking tradition.

Books by Federico García Lorca

Collect works by Federico García Lorca, the famous poet and playwright born near Granada, to dive into the literary heritage of the region.

Spanish Ham (Jamón)

Spain is renowned for its jamón ibérico, a delicious cured ham. Purchase a vacuum-sealed pack to enjoy the taste of Spanish cuisine at home.

Arabian Spices

Explore the markets to find a variety of Arabian spices, including saffron, cumin, and paprika, which are commonly used in Andalusian cuisine.

Local Sweets

Granada is famous for its sweets like Piononos (pastries) and Alfajores (sweet biscuits). Packaged versions make for tasty and portable souvenirs.

Mugs

Ceramic mugs featuring Granada’s landmarks or intricate designs.

If you want to discover the complete and up-to-date list of the best souvenirs from Granada, check out our blog.

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General recommendations

  • Granada can get hot, especially in the summer. Carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated, especially if you plan on walking a lot.
  • All restaurants are required to display prices on the menu.
  • Like in many tourist destination, be mindful of your belongings to avoid petty theft. Use a money belt or a secure bag to keep your valuables safe.
  • Take the opportunity to try typical dishes and visit local markets.
  • Keep in mind that schedules in Spain may be different from what you’re accustomed to. Most shops and restaurants close during siesta time (around 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and dinners are usually served starting at 8:00 p.m. Plan your activities and meals accordingly.
  • Walk the city but also allow yourself to enjoy a classic caña (small beer), tinto de verano (red wine with lemon soda) or any beverage on a terrace.
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