Things To Do In Granada
In Granada City, it is hard not to see the Alhambra, an attraction that is perched on a rock. It is a magical palace where an atmosphere of another time reigns supreme. The highlight of the tour is the Nasrid Palace, it not only looks stunning but it also presents the history of Andalusia, the arrival of the Muslims and their presence for several centuries until the "Reconquista" initiated by the Spanish Catholic Kings. It is great to visit preferably in the morning to avoid the heat of the afternoon. Allow plenty of time to immerse yourself in its history, atmosphere, and to enjoy the variety of things to do. The ideal time to stroll to the Alhambra is during the season of spring when the gardens are in bloom and the hot summer is not done yet. It is a romantic place, rich in history and culture that deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
When To Go:
The city can be visited all throughout the entire year. During the mid year months, Granada's common exhibit of shorelines offers an all the more reviving alternative to escape the heat of summer.
In winter, the landing of snow in the Sierra Nevada leaves a host of fun activities to do in Granada. It is then that winter games training and skiing become the common features of the ski resorts.
Andalusia is an energetic and brilliant district of Spain. Indeed in the months of December and January you can still see oranges on the trees. The skies are splendid blue actually when temperatures are cooler and obviously there are still celebrations and occasions happening in towns all through the wintertime.
Downpour is heaviest in November, March and April. The most steady temperatures are amid spring and fall (January- February), which are the ideal times of the year to visit the city.
These are the popular things to do in the city of Granada, Spain…
The Alhambra is a typical "medina". The walk between the walls is a unique experience. The site echoes the Muslim culture in every corner and if you walk up to the tower you can admire a great view of Granada. You switch between the ruins, buildings, green, courtyards and water courses to make the most of your visit. It is a fortified city of ancient history, with the royal residences still standing inside. It is all amazing and need 4 hours for a full tour. The structure is significant particularly as a whole, an important and well-built edifice with a long history linked to the power of the Muslim world that ruled during a few centuries of the second millennium. Overall, it may look like a fortress, a palace with appurtenances, to a complex with towers and walls, strong, stable and overlooking the forest and natural elements with buildings that enrich the beauty and rarity of the place.
Inside one cannot fail to note the architectural elements and lush gardens, with the waters flowing into different directions and offer a natural image of freshness and pleasantness that perhaps has few equals. It’s a Muslim world that is really extraordinary in this region of Europe. To be visited among these ancient buildings are the Puerta de la Justicia and The Palace residence was partly destroyed to make way for the construction of Charles V, the Patio del Cuarto Dorado, the Arrayanes, the known Patio de los Leones with a marble fountain with 12 large lions from whose mouths water flows . And then the various rooms, with the appropriate and beautifully decorated room like the Salón de Comares, with a gorgeous domed ceiling, inlaid and consists of more than 8000 pieces, or the Sala de la Barca that allows you to reach that de los Embajadores, one of the most beautiful part of the building in relation to the decorations. These, of course, are just a few examples of what you will see and appreciate, but there are others that should be investigated with the same attention. La Sala de las Dos Hermanas reveals the magnificence of the decorations and the ceiling. All this and more reveal the importance, the richness and beauty of the site and articulated all throughout. From another note, of course; to explore more places with attention and wonder. It is worthwhile to visit the whole structure and dedicate enough time to know everything. This Andalusia tour reveals all-round capabilities and achievements of Muslim creativity.
Contiguous to the Alhambra, Generalife invites and open the doors to their gardens and brings the good use of natural resources. The use of system water for irrigation of the gardens is amazing. There are ancient artificial streams in order to keep the garden wet and cool. When visiting The Alhambra, make the visit before the palace of Generalife. Its gardens and Moorish decor are beautiful. In addition to having an amazing view of the other castles and palaces, the staff and guides are every welcoming and kind.
Generalife are beautiful gardens that are within the Alhambra complex, you buy the ticket and you can visit the Palacios Nazaríes and the gardens of Generalife. Browse and get the tickets in advance online (Ticketmaster) because this attraction is one of the most visited in Spain and often the tickets run out a few days in advance. Try to make the visit in the morning, Granada is a very hot city and during the summer season can reach up to 40 degrees and walking through the gardens with all this heat is rather complicated. This is one of the exotic parts of Andalusia and of course the main attraction of Granada. Do not miss the chance to see this spectacular place when you’re in Granada!
Mirador de San Nicolas
The Mirador de San Nicolas is a fascinating spectacle especially at night. The rough and winding alleys lead to the Mirador and mark well the topography of the entire district to the Albayzin which are pleasant to go. The road, obviously uphill, is pretty hard during the hottest hours of the day. In the absence of the sun, as well as being less tiring, crossing the district towards the square of San Nicolas is more valuable and allows you to enjoy on arrival the sight of the palace that is expertly lit, sometimes with the moon peeping from the hill.
The square, located right behind the Mirador has a nice restaurant although very expensive for the average people of Andalusia. The observation point is still very privileged as the district is gradually losing that authenticity that characterized it in the past centuries but is still appreciated by tourists today.
To get to the Mirador, the walk from Calle del Darro is perhaps the best thing, without haste, without knowing the path and walking the streets uphill and steps while admiring a lovely area until you get to the top and see how beautiful Alhambra is. The area is full of bars and restaurants with prices slightly above average and let you eat with the view before your eyes (much better in the evening when the Alhambra is lighted making the atmosphere more suggestive and romantic). Like all Mirador, it is an ideal place to visit with friends.
Casa del Arte Flamenco
The Casa del Arte Flamenco is the best place to watch a flamenco show with great music and artists to complete your flamenco experience. The location is very convenient because it is very central (unlike other shows that are difficult to reach). You can buy tickets at 5 in the afternoon and pay € 16 per person (not including drinks or tapas). It is highly advisable to be there as early as 5 minutes before the opening to take the best seats, because the theater is small and if you do not take the seats forward, you cannot see well and appreciate the whole show from start to finish. There are two shows that you can catch up with; one is at 19:30 and another at 21:00 or 21:30. You must try your best to arrive half an hour before because the seats are not numbered and the line for entry before the show begins.
It is a show not to be missed and one of the memorable experiences you will ever have about Granada. The passion emanating from the robust dancers, guitarist and singer is something absolutely true and exciting. It is not advisable to book the same day, but at least one day before, including by telephone (the staff speaks English and Spanish).
The majestic neighborhood of Albayzin, hides wonderful corners, narrow streets, white houses and postcard corners. Being there is like getting lost in an infinite maze of the Middle Age era. The Albayzin is an old city style that is typically Arabic. It is located on a hill opposite the Alhambra and every turn on its narrow alleys is a nice experience. The site is characteristic with all its uphill and downhill streets and its shops where you get the feeling like you are in Saudi Arabia for what you see and you hear.
There are beautiful and small squares that occasionally meet, with some guys who play and sing, others with bars and shops, and a good view of the old city or the Alhambra. It has a magical atmosphere that reigns among the orange gardens and terraces on which stand the restaurants that is deliciously accompanied by the melody of a guitar. It’s like a world apart, built on the slopes of the hill that still exudes the charm of the unchanged Moorish culture.
Basilica de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias
The Basilica de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias is by far the most beautiful of the Cathedrals in Granada. From an artistic point of view, the church is an excellent example of baroque revisited in Moorish. It is located on Calle Carrera del Genil beside the famous department store of El Corte English. It was built in Baroque style with emphasis on the main door of its facade.
Its interior is magnificent with beautiful paintings of the Baroque school of Granada presented on the walls and ceiling with details in high relief. This basilica has beautiful architecture, inside you can meet many stories of faith and devotion of the people who believe in the Virgin de las Angustias. It is worth knowing.
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
The Basilica de San Juan de Dios is one of the main baroque churches that treasures the remains of St. John of God, the founder of Dell 'Order of Friars Hospitallers. It dates from the first half of the eighteenth century. Inside reigns the luxury design that is typical of the Baroque style. It's all covered with gilded wood. It is spectacular and there is no place else in Spain where you can see a church that is so rich and sumptuous.
The basilica was built between 1734 and 1757 by Jose de Bada, baroque architect famous for his contributions to the cathedrals of Granada and Malaga, fortunately occurs through the sacristy, (which is like a sumptuous salon court, rich in gold mirrors galore, and precious furniture), because the glance of the interior is so dazzling and leaves visitors stunned. There are lots to see like; from the pulpit to the aisles, chapels to the columns, it is all a vibrant thrill of solid gold, with a volumetric plasticity so impressive to overcome any descriptive capacity; your gaze wanders confused about so much wealth, inevitably converged on the huge piece of the altar, the center of which is opened and looks even more stunning. It is also here where you can find the precious niche Camarino, large room containing the Saint's remains that is visionary and beneficial.
Carrera del Darro
Take an afternoon to go to the Plaza Nueva, and from there start walking by the Carrera del Darro. You'll quickly discover why so many people are doing the same, it is a tourist attraction! This is where you can have your first view of the Alhambra. Walk the bridges, explore every corner, or go between the wonderful "teterias".
Find out which lane you should start to rise (literally) to the Mirador de San Nicolas - there are buses that will take you up there, but if you do it'll be sorry. From here, you can wait until evening to enjoy the Alhambra when it is all lighted and the atmosphere in this site becomes more intense. After that, you can come down, stop in the bars of Carrera for a drink and the best tapas. Don’t miss out on any of these things to do and you will have one of your best nights in Granada, Spain.
Mezquita Mayor de Granada
The Mezquita Mayor de Granada is a wonderful Islamic temple located at the Plaza San Nicolas in the Albayzin district. It has a beautiful minaret and a relaxing garden with a charming interior and rich in details. The Mezquita is also the right place where you can contemplate the beautiful panoramic view of Alhambra. There is no entrance fee and you will learn a lot about Islamic culture.
It is a small mosque that is very close to the Mirador San Nicolas. The Mezquita offers the perfect setting with its quiet atmosphere and dancing fountains to enjoy the city of Granada, and from here you can draw a beautiful picture of the Alhambra and Valle Nevado. It is a very beautiful building that was constructed in the traditional Andalusian Moorish style.
Museum of Alhambra
The Museum of Alhambra (admission free) is located in the basement of the palace of Charles V and contains some interesting findings of the Alhambra. The visit is very fast (about 15 minutes) but useful to pass the time of your round of entrance to the Palace of Nazaries. Here, the details are exposed, very valuable, not only from Granada, but information about the other cities is distributed with amplitude. The visit flows very smoothly and with no time for yawning, another reason for not forgetting this historic museum in Granada.
When the rest of Europe were building castles in the air, on top of the mountains, Granada is building one on the water and this is the synthesis of one of the many beautiful corners that are encountered while walking in what looks like a fairy world symbol of Arab rule in Granada. Every corner deserves a moment of observation and reflection, the gateway to the gardens through the halls and courtyards or patios.
The city of Granada expresses charm and arouses curiosity. In it you can find atmospheres that accompany or bring you back to the Arab culture thereby manifesting the pleasure that the historical life with its various offshoots were unable to determine. You live and breathe with the city through a maze of streets, alleys, small squares, a beloved nature, unusual itineraries, fountains, look-out points, but mostly you live indulging its little magic, the colors, the smells, the spontaneous beauty that every tourist site has to offer, the various shops, and typical attractions.
In all its power, beauty, historical depth, and its natural charm, Granada provides every traveler with lots of opportunities to understand more, to see better, to enjoy what is left of a story. It is one of the Jewels of Spain that should not be left out in every traveler’s bucket list.
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