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How to Spend 2 Days in Granada

How to Spend 2 Days in Granada

With surprises around every winding turn, Granada’s narrow streets, lush gardens, and grand historic monuments reverberate with the city's Islamic past and medieval Renaissance. From flamenco in a cave to a sunrise hot-air balloon ride, here are a few ideas for a 2-day itinerary.

Day 1: Spanish Sightseeing

**Morning:**Start early (and beat the afternoon heat, if you’re there in summer) with a guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens.

**Afternoon:**After lunch, explore more of Granada while learning about the city’s Islamic and Catholic influences. Stroll through Bib Rambla Square; wander around the Moorish silk market of Alcaicería; and discover the Albaicin, a UNESCO-listed enclave and the historic heart of Granada.

**Night:**In the evening, head to the city center to grab tapas and local wine or beer at one of the many eateries lining Plaza Nueva. Alternatively, catch a flamenco show in one of Sacromonte’s atmospheric caves.

Day 2: Balloons and Baths

**Morning:**Greet the sunrise on a magical hot-air balloon ride—you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains and city landmarks like the Alhambra. Or, venture out on a day trip to Córdoba, with its Moorish monuments and whitewashed courtyards.

**Afternoon:**If you’re not off in Córdoba, book an appointment at Hammam Al Ándalus for an afternoon of R & R. Choose from a range of services such as exfoliating body scrubs and massages at the serene Arabian spa, and enjoy amenities like the steam room and thermal baths. Alternatively, sign up for a culinary tour, sampling traditional cuisine as you check out more of Granada.

**Night:**Even if you already visited the Alhambra during the day, consider treating yourself to a private evening tour of the complex for a whole new perspective of the magnificent palace. Walk around the illuminated grounds, taking in the twinkling lights of Granada from the hilltop vantage point. Or, return to the Sacromonte caves for a flamenco dance lesson.

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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.
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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.

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Sail past long lines and crowded entrance halls on a private tour of Granada’s Alhambra Palace. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site while enjoying priority access and insightful commentary. See historical highlights like the Alcazaba Fortress and the Nasrid Palaces, then stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. Select the option of hotel pickup and drop-off to enjoy convenient round-trip transportation.
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  • 3 hours
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Alhambra and Generalife Small Group Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets
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Alhambra and Generalife Small Group Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets

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Explore the crown jewel of medieval Granada on a tour of the Alhambra, and gain skip-the-line entry to the Moorish palace and fortress complex. Together with the Generalife gardens, they form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the Nasrid dynasty as well as Muslim, Jewish and Christian history during a walking tour with your informative guide.
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Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada
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Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada

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Watching a traditional Flamenco performance is a highlight of any visit to Andalusia and this 1.5-hour dinner show is located in one of Granada’s most spectacular venues. Take your seats in the atmospheric cave-restaurant of El Templo del Flamenco, tuck into a delicious 2- or 5-course dinner, and be entertained by a thrilling live flamenco show.
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Generalife Gardens on this walking tour. Sail past long lines at the entrance hall with an exclusive priority access pass, and then embark upon an enriching exploration of the palace complex. See the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid palaces and a gain a glimpse into the decadent sultans who once inhabited the opulent structure. Admire panoramic city vistas from a hilltop perch; stroll through the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens and enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transportation during this exciting excursion.
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Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

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Succumb to tranquility at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus, opulent Arabian baths located in the heart of the historical Old Town. Enjoy relaxing amid candle-lit walkways and beautifully designed pools; then indulge with a massage from a professionally trained masseuse. Submerge yourself in the soothing waters of a thermal bath and inhale the scented aromas of the steam room while sipping fresh mint tea. Upgrade your experience to include a 30-minute Midra 30 or 45-minute Midra 45, both of which include an exfoliating body scrub.
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Alhambra, Generalife Gardens and optional Nasrid Palaces with Priority Access
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Alhambra, Generalife Gardens and optional Nasrid Palaces with Priority Access

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Escape the crowds and maximize your time in Granada’s magnificent the Alhambra on this tour. With a priority-access pass, you’ll be one of the first to enter the Alhambra — a UNESCO-listed landmark famed for its architecture — with a guide. Explore the Alcazaba Fortress, walk through the Generalife Gardens and take in panoramic views of Granada from Torre de la Vela.
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Private 3-hour Tour to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Tickets included

Private 3-hour Tour to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Tickets included

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Visit Granada's top attraction, the Alhambra, while enjoying personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace. This private tour for up to 10 people gets you a dedicated guide that will lead you through the UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot, providing in-depth commentary and answering any questions you may have. Tickets to all the parts of the palace and the ability to skip the often-long ticket queues are included in this tour, saving you lots of time and giving you access to the entire place.
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Granada Tapas Walking Tour
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Granada Tapas Walking Tour

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Awaken your senses to the tantalizing taste of traditional tapas on a 2.5-hour culinary and cultural tour of Granada. Delve into the city’s rich past while feasting upon a selection of sublime Spanish specialties with an interesting guide; see significant sights such as Plaza Nueva and Santa Ana Church, interspersing attractions with visits to locally loved tapas bars and ambient bars. See the city from the vertiginous vantage point of Mirador San Nicolás and gain fascinating insight into Moors who ruled the city before the Spanish conquered on this enriching excursion.
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Private Tour: Alhambra at Night Including the Nasrid Palaces and Palace of Charles V

Private Tour: Alhambra at Night Including the Nasrid Palaces and Palace of Charles V

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Marvel at the magnificence of Alhambra Palace under the ambient cloak of darkness on an incredible 2-hour night tour. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site at its most atmospheric as you stroll its regal and remarkable grounds with a knowledgeable guide; admire the intricate architecture of the Palace of Charles V (Palacio de Carlos V) and absorb stunning views of glittering Granada from the vertiginous Lindaraja viewpoint. Enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transportation on this enriching excursion.
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Private Essential Granada Must-do tour

Private Essential Granada Must-do tour

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Visit Granada with your partner, family or friends on a private tour. Get a guide just for you and your group and wander around the streets and monuments of this wonderful city at your own pace, whilst learning the most interesting aspects of Granada’s rich history. ● Book your Exclusive Tour and learn Granada’s history, including its transition between muslim and christian city. ● Discover unique panoramic views of the Alhambra with the most expert local guides. ● Enjoy a relaxing live talk in your chosen language as your guide provides engaging content. ● Let your curiosity flow and take advantage of the experience, knowledge of history and architecture and a personalized attention of your guide. ● Enjoy the tapas tradition of Granada as your guide reveals secrets behind its history. ● This tour is an excellent option for travelers interested in historical places, architecture, religion and Art.
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Alhambra Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Alhambra Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

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Go to one of the most visited attractions in all of Spain on this tour of the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens in Granada with special skip-the-line access. First, bypass the heavy crowds at the entrance to save you time and stress, and then explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. During your time there, see the Gate of Pomegranates, Pillar of Charles V, Dehesa of Generalife, and the Washington Irving Monument.
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Private Albayzin and Sacromonte walking tour

Private Albayzin and Sacromonte walking tour

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The views of the impressive Alhambra and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada will accompany you on almost the entire visit through the narrow, winding and perfumed streets of the Albaicín. Meanwhile, our expert guides will share with you the history, art and traditions of every corner. In the Sacromonte neighborhood, famous for its caves, where the traditional Zambra was born, native flamenco dances and songs are still enjoyed daily. Afterwards, the perfect ending for the perfect tour: stop for a drink with a tapa, just like the locals. ● Book your private tour and learn Granada’s history. ● Discover unique panoramic views with the most expert local guides. ● Enjoy a relaxing live talk in your chosen language as your guide provides engaging content. ● Let your curiosity flow and take advantage of the experience and personalized attention of your guide. ● Enjoy Granada's tapas tradition as your guide reveals the secrets behind its history.
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Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride
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Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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Experience an enchanting sunrise over Granada on an exhilarating hot-air balloon ride. Soar over the city and see legendary landmarks like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra palace complex and the secretive Sacromonte Caves. Enjoy this unique perspective as the sun casts an incandescent glow over the mountains and the city begins to wake. On your return to land, appease your appetite with a traditional Andalusian brunch and a lavish glass of cava.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Tour: Flamenco Dance Lesson in a Granada Sacromonte Cave

Private Tour: Flamenco Dance Lesson in a Granada Sacromonte Cave

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Experience the passion and intensity of Spain’s most famous dance, with a private 45-minute or 1.5-hour Flamenco lesson. Head to a dance school in the atmospheric Sacromonte Caves, where you’ll discover the roots of the Andalucian dance, master some simple moves and palmas (hand claps), and learn how to express yourself to the fast-paced music. After putting your dancing shoes to the test, celebrate your newfound skills with a complimentary drink at the bar.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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