Alhambra, Albayzin, Granada Cathedral, Plaza Nueva and go back in those long lost times. Vacationing on a tight budget? Then stay at one of the reasonable but vibrant hostels. The most prominent ones being the Nest Hostel and Oasis Backpackers Hostel. Other major attractions also include Sierra Nevada Ski Station, Alpujarras, Sacromonte and Ac Palacio De Santa Paula.
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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
08:30 am - 02:30 pm
The Alhambra palace has seen many rulers during its lifetime and even though much of the palace still remains untouched, many of its historic objects, building elements and stories are now a part of the Museum of Alhambra located in the Palacio de Carlos V.
The museum prides itself for some of the best collection of Spanish-Moorish Art and Nasrid Art. The place explains much of the architecture of Alhambra and is a great addition to your itinerary after seeing the palace itself.
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18009 Granada, Spain
08:30 am - 06:00 pm
Though right next to the Alhambra, the Generalife is considered to be a different structure altogether, mostly because it had a different purpose. The Alhambra was a palace that had living quarters and places for the palace business. The Generalife was built in the early 14th century with one purpose, to get away from it all, especially during the hot summer months. Visiting the gardens of the Generalife (which means "gardens of the architect") one can marvel at the sophistication of Arab engineering, ingenuity and architecture. Using primitive hydraulics and a good understanding of physics the Arab rulers built this summer palace with multiple fountains, pools of water and beautiful gardens to really make the spot habitable during the heat. Just perfect to stroll around slowly, taking in the greenery of its many gardens and the cool air from the fountains.
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Espaldas de San Nicolas, 9, 18010 Granada, Spain
The view: that’s all that matters here. It’s quite a walk from the town, but the end result is more than worth it. Twisted, narrow and cobbled streets will lead you to fantastic views of Alhambra (a palace and fortress complex) and the city of Granada. There’s really only two times to visit: sunrise or sunset. If you’re an early morning person, then you might be able to catch the fruit and vegetable market. On the other hand, the Alhambra is fantastically lit up at night time. Bars and restaurants on top of the hill offer convenient refreshments and tapas. There’s even an old church you can visit for free.
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On the hillside opposite the Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Even in small cities and towns each district has its own flavour, usually marked with its distinct inhabitants, local commerce or architecture. Famous examples include New Orleans’ French Quarter and Antwerp’s famous diamond district. Albayzin, a district in Granada, belongs on the same list as those distinguished districts; an opinion shared by UNESCO as it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. Apart from being the area facing and therefore providing views of the fantastic Alhambra, its claim to fame is its rich Moorish architecture. Wander around its narrow twisting streets and gaze upon some original Moorish buildings, some dating back to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. It’s a place you can mingle with the locals and observe the day to day happenings. The bars and restaurants dotted around the locality provide some respite when you are tired of walking.
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Av. de la Ciencia, s/n, 18006 Granada, Spain
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Travelling can be a headache for families with children. The itinerary can be very difficult to plan; one cannot overwhelm the tiny ones with a never ending parade of historical sites and art museums. Equal importance needs to be given to fun and entertainment. The Science Park in Granada is one ideal place that is a wonderful experience for kids as well as being enjoyable for adults. There are many different activities, puzzles and exhibits in different rooms of the museum. The planetarium explains the beginning of the universe and contains a 75 cm telescope for observing it. Human DNA, the world’s population and a study of the human body are a few of the exhibits/activities that can be done in the Biosphere Room. The Explore Room offers many different science ‘experiences’ where children can learn while they play. And that’s not all; there are also daily puppet shows, a falconry exhibit that teaches all about flying predators and a butterfly garden. The possibilities of fun are endless in the Science Park!
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Sacromonte, 18010 Granada, Spain
Yet another noteworthy neighbourhood, this one is known more for its people than the architecture. This hilly area is called Sacromonte, which translates to “sacred mount”, and it is named after the Sacromonte Abbey which was built in 1600. But its origins date back to Roman times, where mines were cut into the hillside. These subsequently became catacombs and the current neighbourhood is built on them. Like most of Andalusia it was under Moorish rule, but in the 16th century relics emerged that proved its Christian history. These relics were later shown to be fabricated, though the saint attributed to them, Saint Cecilius, is still considered to be Granada’s patron saint and first bishop. More interesting is the fact that the hillsides are the traditional Gitano quarter of the city. The Gitano are the Spanish Romani, otherwise known as gypsies, and this area has the highest concentration of Romani in Spain. The caves on the hillside have been converted into simple homes by the Gitano community. The gypsies are renowned for the Flamenco dance and music, though the origins of Flamenco are purely Andalusian.
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Calle Gran Vía de Colón, 5, 18001 Granada, Spain
10:45 am - 08:00 pm
Granada is not just home to one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture with the Alhambra; it also has the very first architecture of the Spanish renaissance with the Granada Cathedral. Another interesting fact about the cathedral is that it took a hundred and eighty one years for it to be completed. Guess people were willing to wait much longer back then. But those 181 years resulted in the Granada Cathedral being the unusually beautiful structure it is today. Begun over the site of the city's main mosque with Gothic designs it quickly incorporated the burgeoning Spanish renaissance art into its plans in the mid 16th century. Later, in the 17th century Baroque elements were added, making this cathedral the striking sight it is today. A large cathedral, with a stunning facade and intricate interiors built over a 181 years by multiple famous architects means that this cathedral is steeped in history. So enjoy the architecture and the history lesson, Granada seems to be full of places that offer both!
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Plaza Nueva, Granada, Spain
Plazas around the world have a history of their own. As they are open spaces one is right to think that a plazas charm comes from the buildings boxing it in, but not its history. A plaza's history comes from what took place in it. Its central location and space meant that the Plaza Nueva played host to tournaments, games, bullfights and even public executions making it one of the most important areas in the city. Nowadays the plaza is not the scene of such excitements. You can take a stroll around the area which is dotted with fountains and shops. The architecture of the surrounding buildings which are a few hundred years old is amazing to take in. And on a warm day you can settle down at one of their restaurants, grab a beer and get a great view of the Alhambra, preferably when the sun is setting.
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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
08:30 am - 11:30 pm
The Palacios Nazaries is the crown jewel of Alhambra and offers a peek into the royal residential palace. The Moorish architecture with stunning Stuccowork, carved wooden celling and ‘muqarnas’ compliments the lavish furnishings. The ‘Patio del Cuarto Dorado’ was where the rulers addressed the audience while the Palacio de Comares was the residence of the Emirs.
Other highlight include:
The breathtaking wooden celling of the Hall of Blessing
Patio de los Leones’s (Lion Courtyard) marble fountain
Leather-lined ceilings of Sala de los Reyes (Hall of the Kings) with paintings that date back to the 14th century.
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Calle San Juan de Dios, 15, 18001 Granada, Spain
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Decorated and embellished with fine gold decor, stunning art work, beautiful paintings and a ‘larger-than-life’ ambience, the Basilica de San Juan de Dios is a treat for art lovers, history enthusiasts and anyone who wants to witness its sheer grandeur.
Every inch of the basilica has a story to tell and frames the main alter to literally leave you speechless! The lights add to the glamour and before you know it, you are lost in the magic of the 18th century.
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Carrera del Darro, 18010 Granada, Spain
Romance. That one word sums up the entire experience of this scenic and historic walk. It’s leafy, quaint, clean and absolutely charming. Little shoppes and cafes line up the entire walk from Plaza Nueva to the Alhambra. It’s always teeming with people, but rarely noisy. The architecture is wonderful all along and little bridges covered in creepers and mosses complete the near fairy tale picture. It also acts as a walk down history with its various 16th and 17th century buildings lining up the street.
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CalleOficios, S/N, 18001 Granada, Spain
10:15 am - 07:30 pm
The Royal Chapel of Granada was built on the orders of the rulers of Spain who wished to be buried here. Ferdinand and Isabel, perhaps the most famous of Spanish monarchs, rest here. Built in Isabelline style (a version of Gothic), the chapel is an intriguing mix of opulence and simplicity. Artwork by several masters (Botticelli, Memling, Bouts) adorns the walls. Great in style and architecture, the chapel is one of Granada’s main draws, especially for views of the mausoleum and the royal jewellery.
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Calle Oficios, 14, 18001 Granada, Spain
10:30 am - 07:45 pm
A mosque school established by the Nasrid monarch Yusuf I in the mid 14th century, the Palacio de la Madraza is where may renowned teachers have taught and many students have grown to be popular icons.
The university is believed to be constructed on the grounds of an older building dating back to the 11th century and many excavations here have added to the city’s archaeological findings. The original design of the place was gorgeous with white marble entrance, a pool and façades decorated with inscriptions and poetry. The facades still remain and add a rather beautiful touch to what the University stands for. Visit the place to see the historic elements around the university and touch a part of Granada’s history.
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Paseo del Padre Manjón, 3, 18010 Granada, Spain
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The small neighbourhood beginning at the Bridge of the Chirimias was the place where major festivals and feasts took place until the 19th century. Today, the place is surrounded by a number of shops and restaurants and offers a fabulous view of Alhambra.
The fountain in the middle of the Paseo dates back to the early 17th century and compliments the historic place. A walk around the place is perfect to explore the urban delights of the city that marry beautiful with its history.
The Saint Jerome Monastery is a Roman Catholic church in Granada and is cherished for its Renaissance architecture. The architect in charge of the church was the sculptor Diego de Siloé who designed the stunning alter with statues and paintings that cover the space from the floor to the ceiling.
The art-work is the highlight of the Monastery with Moorish influences, murals and rare paintings that represent various biblical stories.