What to do and see in Granada, Spain: The Best Places and Tips

January 26, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

The Alhambra citadel of Granada is one of the most famous buildings in Spain: a Moorish fortress with grand archways and delicate ornamental mosaics. Step backwards in time as you wind through the ascending cobblestone streets of Albayzin. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful views from the Mirador San Nicolas. Granada’s nightlife is vibrant and varied, thanks in part to its student population. Hit the bars of Calle Elvira or, for a quieter outing, the traditional tea rooms of La Calle de Las Teterias.
Restaurants in Granada

1. The Alhambra

Palacio de Carlos V, 18009 Granada, Spain 958 027 971
Excellent
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

The Alhambra

The second most visited site in Europe: this breathtaking palace-city is a sophisticated blend of medieval Islamic, Renaissance Christian and modern architectural styles..

Reviewed By Tatiana_Olivieri - Cotia

It’s worth the visit and also check every place inside there! It’s really great and beautiful, well care, organized and an unforgettable place!
My only comment is regarding the cats that lives there, I’m really a cat person and was very sad to see so many cats hungry and pregnants, so from my point of view, they could take more care about the beautiful cats that lives there, sterilizing and feeding them!

Generalife | Realejo-San Matias, 18009 Granada, Spain +34 958 22 09 12
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Generalife

Reviewed By JY_Globetrotter - Calgary, Canada

After the busyness of Alhambra, it was nice to escape the crowds to the Generalife which is adjacent to Alhambra. I suppose we were lucky that it wasn't too busy when we visited, allowing for good photos without a single tourist in the picture. The greenery is soothing to the eyes and the water Fountains are easy on the ears. I actually preferred Generalife to Alhambra from a tranquility perspective.

3. Mirador de San Nicolas

Calle Espaldas a San Nicolas s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain +34 958 53 96 97
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Mirador de San Nicolas

Reviewed By Adrian M

The views you get of The Alhambra from this viewing point are second to none. The amount of steps can be considered a bit of hard work but for any budding photographers or casual phone users the results are stunning. We visited around 10:30 in the morning and it wasn’t over run with visitors.

4. Basilica de San Juan de Dios

Calle San Juan de Dios, 23, Granada, Spain +34 958 27 57 00
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4.5 based on 845 reviews

Basilica de San Juan de Dios

Reviewed By acorna - Vilnius

Though I am not very religious, still, it was shocking to enter the church through the office/chambers of priests and through the altar (!). Bit like going through the whole church kitchen. The church itself is very opulent, gilded to the last edge, it is difficult to imagine it seeing a rather modest façade of the building and home-like inner court.

On the hillside opposite the Alhambra, Granada, Spain +34 954 18 13 56
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Albayzin

Named a World Heritage Site, this is the old Moorish quarter of Granada.

Reviewed By carmelannd2016 - Naples, Italy

After a visit to Alhambra , climbed down the hill and back up the opposite through the warren of tiny streets - lovely things to see at every turn, really clean. Fascinating look into all the courtyard gardens- great views of the Alhambra from the Terrace in front of st Nicholas church( which is closed for renovations)- totally worth it for this view alone!!!

6. Barrio de Albaicin

08010 Granada, Spain +34 958 20 06 15
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Barrio de Albaicin

Reviewed By Phayao13 - Stockholm

It retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past dating back to the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada.Get lost in the streets of the neighbourhood declared World Heritage of Humanity in 1994.

7. Plaza de San Nicolas

Granada, Spain
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Plaza de San Nicolas

Reviewed By Phayao13 - Stockholm

The way up is lined with souvenir shops, cafes, historic buildings, restaurants, and lots of photo opportunities

8. La Ermita de San Miguel Alto

Camino de la Ermita, Granada, Spain +34 609 95 91 21
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

La Ermita de San Miguel Alto

Reviewed By wacotom - Leander, Texas

This hike will make you breath a little hard so take some water and wear good walking shoes. Although it takes some effort the result is certainly well worthwhile. We were somewhat leery about all the stories you hear of gypsies but we found all the people to be extremely nice and had not problems. Going up the front you will walk past some cave houses of people mostly from African countries (Somalia I think) and once past their caves it is farther up the mountain to the church. Unfortunately when we visited the church was closed but the views of the city are great and you look down on the Alhambra. We left the mountain on the back side and walked down into the gypsy section of the city again past more cave houses and finally to a main road that leads either into the Flamenco areas or into the old town Granada. Views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the old monetary and the Valleys in addition to the city and Alhambra views. Strenuous but worthwhile.

9. Archive Saint John of God Museum

Calle Convalecencia 1 | Close to Plaza Nueva, 18010 Granada, Spain +34 958 22 21 44
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Archive Saint John of God Museum

Reviewed By m0r0 - london

This small museum is dedicated to Saint Juan de Dios (John of God) who spent the last twelve days of his life in this house as a guest. The house itself is beautiful, a typical Granada Moorish house with a lovely courtyard, which is free to visit. If you want to see the items housed in the museum it will cost €3 and you will be guided round, tours are available in English. The exhibits are mainly of a religious nature, with some beautiful silver items, but there is also a gallery of fine paintings of landmarks in Granada painted by a local, modern artist.
The museum is not generally busy; I went around midday and had a private tour for the first two rooms when we were joined by a couple for the remainder.
It is worth noting that this museum is incorrectly located on Google maps, the easiest way to find it is to go to the end of the Plaza Nueva, to the railings outside Santa Ana church and with your back to the Tourist Office the street will be directly opposite you.
The Basilica is San Juan de Dios is a short walk away and definitely worth a visit whether you are religious or not, whereas the museum is probably more interesting for those with an interest in Catholicism, religious artefacts or San Juan himself.

10. La Alborea

Calle Pan 3, 18010 Granada, Spain +34 664 36 25 40
Excellent
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4.5 based on 376 reviews

La Alborea

Tablao Flamenco La Alborea is in the historic center of Granada, in Plaza Nueva, which is at the foot of La Alhambra and the Albaicin. Inside La Alborea, the audience can choose to either view the performance from the seats in the main grandstand located on the first floor or in the more intimate atmosphere of our reserved balconies. This stunning location and it’s perfect acoustics allow for a natural and authentic performance without the use of microphones or amplifiers. Every performance includes a guitarist and two dances, one female and one male. Many of these performers belong to the famous families of Sacromonte, an area of Granada famous for it’s generations of famous Flamenco performers. During the hour long experience, audiences enjoy a journey through the typical song and dance styles of pure Spanish Flamenco!

Reviewed By David J - Yate, United Kingdom

Our first experience of flamenco live. The music, singing and dance was entertaining andd the dancers performance was excellent. Entertaining and highly professional. The venue is comfortable and clean, the facilities very good and the staff welcoming and friendly. I cannot wait to return. Well done La Alborea

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