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Welcome to Granada

The last Moorish stronghold in the heart of Andalucia, resettled by Catholic monarchs and migrating Romani, Granada thrums to a rhythm all its own. Crowned by the magnificent Alhambra Palace complex and set against the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, this picturesque little city holds a wealth of attractions. The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens belong right at the top of your list. A priority-access or skip-the-line tour is the best way to experience this treasure trove of Nasrid-era art and architecture. Other historical highlights include the Cathedral, Nasrid Palace, the Palace of Charles V, and Alcazaba Fortress. Fascinating though it may be, don't let the past consume your whole visit: Stroll around to admire the work of Granada's prolific street artists (it's not all ""graffiti""), visit the Arabian Baths at Hammam Al Andalus, and try to catch a local festival, where you'll see colorful costumes, traditional dances, and Andalusian horses on parade. In the evenings, Granada's living culture takes the stage: Watch a fiery Flamenco performance in the Sacromonte caves; take a walking tour of the Albaicin (Albayzin), the old Moorish quarter; and feast on tapas and sangria. A number of day-trip destinations also lie within easy reach of the city. Visit the Caves of Nerja, go wine tasting in the mountain town of Ronda, or relax on the golden beaches of Costa Tropical. Nature-lovers can hike in the Sierra Nevada National Park, home to the Iberian Peninsula's highest mountains, or tour by 4-wheel-drive.

Top 15 attractions in Granada

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Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada) is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.More
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Generalife Gardens

Generalife Gardens

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The 13th-century Generalife served as a summer retreat for Nasrid kings when they needed a break from palace affairs. From its perch on Cerro del Sol (Hill of the Sun), the series of terraces, promenades, and gardens spread across 74 landscaped acres (30 hectares) of the Alhambra complex afford some of the best views over Granada.More
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Palace of Charles V (Palacio de Carlos V)

Palace of Charles V (Palacio de Carlos V)

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During a visit to Granada in 1526, King Charles V (Carlos V) chose the Alhambra as the site of his future royal residence. The Palace of Charles V (Palacio de Caros V) stands in stark contrast to the style of the surrounding Moorish Alhambra. It is notable for its 2-level columned circular courtyard and surrounding square structure.More
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Sacromonte

Sacromonte

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The Sacromonte district of Granada is the seat of the thriving Gitano gypsy community that settled in hillside caves during the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, Sacromonte is also the epicenter of Granada’s zambra flamenco scene, with performances staged at thee tablaos along Camino del Sacromonte.More
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Albaicín

Albaicín

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The Albaicín (also spelled Albayzín or Albaycín) is Granada's old Muslim quarter, and its steep twisting streets underscore a medieval past. Founded in 1228 by the Moors, the neighborhood is dotted with Baroque churches inside old mosques and traditionalcarmenes (villas). Albaicín is also known for having stellar views of the Alhambra.More
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Mirador de San Nicolás

Mirador de San Nicolás

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The biggest draw of Granada’s Albaycin quarter (the old Moorish quarter) is the hilltop Mirador de San Nicolás, a small plaza that lies in front of San Nicolás Church. This lookout point offers panoramic views spanning the city center, the distant Sierra Nevada Mountains, Rio Darro canyon and, most famously, the grand Alhambra palace.More
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Hammam Al Andalus Granada

Hammam Al Andalus Granada

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The tranquil Hammam Al Ándalus Granada, located at the foot of the Alhambra and just past Santa Ana Church, is the place to relax after a long day of exploring the Alhambra’s gardens, palace, and fortress. The Arabian-bath setting has pools of different temperatures and a steam room for Moorish-style rejuvenation.More
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Royal Chapel of Granada (Capilla Real)

Royal Chapel of Granada (Capilla Real)

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Situated side by side, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel of Granada (Capilla Real) together make an impressive monument to the power of Christian monarchs in Andalucia. The cavernous cathedral houses paintings by Ribera and El Greco; the remains of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragón are interred within the chapel’s shrine.More
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Paseo de los Tristes

Paseo de los Tristes

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Granada's Paseo de los Tristes is a riverside walkway along the canyon separating the Alhambra from the Albaicín neighborhood. Paseo de los Tristes once served as the route for funeral processions—hence its name, which means "Promenade of the Sad." Today restaurant terraces tempt passersby with refreshment and sweeping Alhambra views.More
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Plaza Nueva

Plaza Nueva

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Plaza Nueva has long been at the center of local life in Granada, and its location at the foot of the Alhambra palace means many tourists will pass through it. Laid out in the early Christian era, the square was built over the Darro River and once served as an arena for sporting tournaments and bullfights, as well as public executions.More
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Alcaicería

Alcaicería

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The Alcaicería was once a lively Arab bazaar and the center of the city’s Muslim silk exchange. The original gated bazaar was almost entirely destroyed by a fire back in 1843, and today the restored shops occupy a smaller space, dotted around Calle Alcaiceria, in the shadows of the Cathedral of Granada.More
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Plaza Bib Rambla

Plaza Bib Rambla

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Also known as Plaza de las Flores (Flowers Square), pedestrian-friendly Plaza Bib-Rambla is at the heart of Granada’s bustling street scene. In the center of the plaza is a 17th-century marble fountain featuring Neptune, and the bell tower of Granada’s Spanish Renaissance cathedral peers over townhouse facades with wrought-iron balconies.More
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San Jeronimo Monastery (Monasterio de San Jerónimo)

San Jeronimo Monastery (Monasterio de San Jerónimo)

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San Jeronimo Monastery (Monasterio de San Jerónimo), the first monastery built after the Christian conquest of Granada, was also the first church in the world consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The monastery is known for housing one of the most exquisite Spanish Baroque sacristies on earth, as well as its courtyard, which is filled with orange trees.More
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Cartuja Monastery (Monasterio de la Cartuja)

Cartuja Monastery (Monasterio de la Cartuja)

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Cartuja Monastery (Monasterio de la Cartuja) is where late-baroque Spanish architecture reaches its most lavish heights. Although work began in the 16th century, construction continued for another three centuries and the complex was never actually completed. The imposing sandstone exterior gives way to a lavish interior of marble, ivory, ornate stucco, and gilt.More
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Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias)

Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias)

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With more than 70,000 square meters dedicated to the exploration of science, Granada’s interactive museum is the most visited museum in all of Andalusia. Packed with educational and engaging exhibits covering topics such as chemistry, astronomy, natural sciences, optical effects, and human anatomy, the Science Park is a playground for the mind.More

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Top activities in Granada

Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Ticket with Audioguide
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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.
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Alhambra and Generalife Small Group Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
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Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife and Alcazaba Private Tour in Granada
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Alhambra and Generalife Private Guided Tour in Granada
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Private transfer from/to Seville to/from Granada with optional stop in Cordoba
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Private Official Guide to Visit Alhambra in Granada from Seville Hotel pick up
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Alhambra, Generalife Gardens and optional Nasrid Palaces with Priority Access
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Recent reviews from experiences in Granada

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You Won't Regret It!
Valerie_W, May 2022
Skip The Line Alhambra and Generalife Guided Tour
If you can, go in the morning hours if it is summertime so you aren't caught in the heat.
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Must do in Granada!
Cameron_R, May 2022
Granada Electric Bike Guided Tour
The best way to see the city and our guide Adrian was amazing!!
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Superb tour and wonderful...
Ryan_E, Apr 2022
Granada Night Adventure Tour
An excellent way to see the streets of Granada.
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Tapas, Beer and Wine in Granada
Roberto_M, Apr 2022
Granada Tapas and wine tour!
On our tour, we also sampled for the first time, Tinto de Verano (Summer Red), a refreshing cocktail that locals say is the original that Sangria is based on.
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Fantastic Alhambra tour!
Deborah_B, Apr 2022
Skip The Line Alhambra and Generalife Guided Tour
I was a bit sceptical as I'd never done a guided tour before preferring to see things through my own eyes.
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ok tour
Yingxi_R, Apr 2022
Granada Sunset Walking Small Group Tour
I do like that we got to see a cave and get some explanation of the cave.
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Interesting Tour of the neighborhoods
Chuck_L, Apr 2022
Granada Sunset Walking Small Group Tour
His English was a little difficult to understand and we only managed to get about every other word.
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Excellent in every way! Thank you!
Paul_T, Mar 2022
Granada Segway Small Group Tour
Lots of gentle ups and downs and it was fantastic to see so many stunning views!
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Top value tour of Alhambra
Vasileios_K, Nov 2021
Alhambra: Small Group Tour with Local Guide & Admission
Lara, who was our tour guide, was very informative, gave us all the historic details and showed us everything we needed to see in Alhambra.
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Informative and fun walking tour!
Jacob_V, Nov 2021
Alhambra and Generalife Small Group Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets
Our tour guide spoke great English and was incredibly knowledge.
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Great tour!
Laura_E, Oct 2021
Granada Electric Bike Guided Tour
Great to see Granada and surroundings.
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Highly recommended, nice Guide , beautiful Tour on nice Places
Peter_S, Sep 2021
Granada Segway Small Group Tour
Our summery: Highly recommended
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Great tour of Alhambra
Farid_N, Aug 2021
Alhambra, Generalife & Nasrid Palaces: Tour with Fast Track
We even took her suggestions to visit the Parador for a drink.
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Historical Delight
GREGANDJANGODFREY, Feb 2020
Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Ticket with Audio Guide
A must do place to see and experience when visiting Andalusia.
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A great tour
Kati L, Jan 2020
Granada Walking Guided Tour around Albayzín and Sacromonte
The only downside was that we booked an English tour but there were also Italians on the tour as well so everything was explained in two different languages.
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The best experience
EninaAyu_A, Oct 2019
Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide
The audio was great, I didn't have to follow tour guides with bad english.
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Alhambra
Ray_g, Oct 2019
Alhambra and Generalife Private Guided Tour in Granada
Great place to visit - a must see if visiting Granada.
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Nice visit, easy to get the tickets and audio guides
JuanCarlos_G, Aug 2019
Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide
You should book a day of your trip to Granada to visit the Alhambra, especially if you come during the summer.
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Sue from Kent
snooks2016, Jun 2019
Skip-The-Line Alhambra and Generalife Expert Guided Tour
It’s best to visit early in the morning before it gets too busy.
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Great Day
Gill H, Apr 2019
Sierra Nevada 4WD Safari day trip from Granada
Would recommend this trip to see a different side to any holiday in Granada.

All about Granada

When to visit

During pre-Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa), the Moorish city of Granada undulates with religious processions. Traditional pasos (thrones occupied by religious icons) wind through the cobbled streets of the Old Quarter, and create a spectacle that can’t be found anywhere else in Spain. As an alternative, visit in September or October when scorching summer temperatures have cooled.

A local’s pocket guide to Granada

Monica Nunez

Monica is a Granada lover. You'll find her having dinner in the Carmen De Aben Humeya restaurant looking at the amazing view of the Alhambra at night.

The first thing you should do in Granada is...

go to El Mirador de San Nicolas to get a great view of La Alhambra and the city.

A perfect Saturday in Granada...

book a guided Alhambra tour in the morning, then walk around the Albaicin neighborhood, and finish your day with tapas and Alhambra beers in El Realejo.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

La Alhambra. Listening to the story of this incredible palace is a hundred percent worth the extra cost.

To discover the "real" Granada...

get lost in the narrow streets of Albaicin.

For the best view of the city...

go to El Mirador de San Nicolas and be fascinated by the beauty of La Alhambra.

One thing people get wrong...

is not visiting Sacramonte, a neighborhood full of cave houses where people live and you can watch flamenco shows.

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