Best Things To Do in Granada, Spain

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PLACES TO SEE

  • Alhambra: The jewel of Granada, this series of palaces is a monument that cannot be missed. Sitting at the foot of the highest mountain range in the city, it overlooks the entire landscape of Granada. While here you can also stop by at Generalife.
  • Sierra Nevada: The highest mountain range in the city is the perfect place to spend winter days skiing, but remember skiing is only for experts.
  • Beaches: Summers in the Mediterranean climate of Granada are perfect to spend lazing on the golden beaches along the coast. This is in fact the best place to be in Granada.
  • Park of Sciences: The Park of Sciences is a collection of knowledge about science and history that always interests thousands of visitors through the year. It is a wonderful way to add a learning experience to your trip as well.
  • Shopping: Almost every street in the city center is lined with shops and there are also a few shopping centers where you are sure to find various items ranging from modern pieces to ancient artifacts.

Nightlife

You will find many bars and pubs around Granada offering tapas and drinks. The busiest time for the social scene is during the warmer summer months when locals and visitors alike fill bars for the heady atmosphere and good drinks.

Below we have a list of things to do in Granada and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Granada getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Granada with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Granada

Here is the list of things to do in Granada and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Alhambra

    4.8 (2851 Votes)
    Alhambra

    Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

    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...Read more
  2. Generalife

    4.8 (2358 Votes)
    Generalife

    Historical Site, Palace, Leisure, Architecture

    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 ...Read more
  3. Albayzin

    Walking Area, Historical Site, Neighborhoods

    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 Her...Read more
  4. Basilica De San Juan De Dios

    Arts And Crafts

    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 g...Read more
  5. Parque De Las Ciencias

    4.6 (1544 Votes)
    Parque De Las Ciencias

    Children Museum, Entertainment, Ecological Reserve

    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...Read more
  6. Sacromonte

    Religious Site, Neighborhoods

    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 neighbourh...Read more
  7. Granada Cathedral

    4.6 (1488 Votes)
    Granada Cathedral

    Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    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...Read more
  8. Paseo De Los Tristes

    Neighborhoods

    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 pe...Read more
  9. Monastery Of San Jeronimo De Granada

    Monastery

    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 paint...Read more
  10. Mezquita Mayor De Granada

    4.7 (355 Votes)
    Mezquita Mayor De Granada

    Mosque, Religious Site

    The second mosque built in Granada after the initial one was built in the late 15th century, the Mezquita Mayor de Granada offers lectures, Arabic classes, exhibitions and courses on Islam. The mosque consist of a prayer hall, the surrounding gardens and the Islamic studies centre and library. Visit the place to learn about the beautiful culture and explore the spirituality of the religion. The...Read more
  11. Monasterio Cartuja

    4.6 (1304 Votes)
    Monasterio Cartuja

    Religious Site, Architecture , Monastery

    In this serene and removed monastery, you’ll find yourself wandering around with utter delight and astonishment at the same time. Especially when you visit the church, a wonderful Baroque creation filled with beautiful marble, powerful paintings. The Sancta Sanctorum here is stunning: religious figures surround you in their magnificence from every corner and the tabernacle is made of marb...Read more
  12. Plaza Nueva

    Historical Site, Plaza, Architecture

    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...Read more
  13. Fundacion Rodriguez-Acosta

    4.5 (235 Votes)
    Fundacion Rodriguez-Acosta

    Fountain, Sculpture

    Designed by the painter Jose Maria Rodriguez-Acosta in the early 20th century, the Fundacion Rodriguez-Acosta showcases the best of art, tastes and styles. The whole place exudes the design taste of the painter and gives you a peek into his environment and likes. From the stately entrance to the addition of fountains and sculptures that bring a certain air of romance to the place, the charisma ...Read more
  14. Calle Navas

    Food And Drinks, Pubs, Entertainment, Street Food

    What is the cheapest way to sample the Spanish cuisine and get very inebriated in the process? Did you say "make friends with a Spanish local and hope you get invited over for dinner?" Nice try, but it's much easier than that. It's called tapas crawling. Tapas are best described as appetizers or snacks and they can be of many different types. They're generally given away for free with a drink. ...Read more
  15. Corral Del Carbon

    4.3 (186 Votes)
    Corral Del Carbon

    Architecture

    Corral del Carbon was built in 14th century by Yusuf I. The place was used as a coal yard and warehouse for keeping goods of the city merchants. In 16th century, the place was used to stage performances by the Christian community. The main courtyard of the house is surrounded by a number of galleries and craft rooms. The architecture of the place is minimal but elegant. The entrance is the high...Read more