Top Historical Places in Granada

Are you looking to explore the history of Granada through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Granada including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Granada. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Granada ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Granada, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Granada for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Granada with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Alhambra

    4.8 (2851 Votes)

    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)

    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. 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
  5. 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
  6. Puerta De Elvira

    4.4 (52 Votes)
    Puerta De Elvira

    Walking Area, Historical Site

    The Puerta de Elvira is one of the oldest gates in Granada and was declared a property of Cultural interest in the late 19th century. Throughout its history, the gates has undergone many transformation- a prominent change being done during the reign of Yusuf I of the dynasty Nazari when it was used to communicate with Alhacaba and Calle Elvira. The gate consist of high arches made from bricks a...Read more
  7. Murallas Del Albayzin

    Historical Site, Tower

    The Murallas del Albayzin consists of the fortress walls that date back from the 11th to the 14th century. The remnant walls gives a peek into the old fortification of early Granada and offers a view of its limits. The walls include towers and gateways to the city including Monaita and Elvira gates. Highlights include: Ziri Wall: Built by the Muslim rulers in the 11th century, the Ziri wall co...Read more
  8. Plaza De Toros

    4.1 (20 Votes)
    Plaza De Toros

    Arena, Architecture

    The Plaza de Toros was built in 1928 and designed by architect Angel Casas in neomudejar style. The Plaza consist of three floors and seats 14,500 people at a time. The Bullfights here are the highlight of the place and often you will come across people cheering for their favourite bullfighters. Take some time out to see the place buzz to life during a live show and to be a part of one of the m...Read more
  9. Alcazaba

    4.7 (30 Votes)

    Landmark, Historical Site

    The Alcazaba is the oldest part of Alhambra and was used for military purposes. The ‘Vela’ watchtower overlooks the whole neighbourhood along with the Quebrada, Homenaje, Cubo and Adarguero towersand eventhough access to the dungeons is restricted, you can still walk around the historic place. Just like Alhambra, the Alcabaza remained in ruins till the 19th century and in 20th centu...Read more
  10. Silla Del Moro

    4.5 (3 Votes)
    Silla Del Moro

    View Point, Historical Site

    The La Silla Del Moro waslookout point used by the Military for surveillance. The whole place was left in ruins and in the 20thcentury was restored to relive the history of the city of Granada. The strategic location is today, Granada’s most beautiful lookout point with a lovely view of the city and is a favourite weekend spot among locals. Do stop by to observe the layout and structure o...Read more
  11. Casa Morisca De Horno De Oro

    Historical Site

    The Casa Morisca de Horno de Oro offers a rare experience seeing a typical Muslim family  home with exquisite Moorish embellishments. The house dates back to the16th century and has beautiful doorways, a simple yet gorgeous pool, a beautiful courtyard and typical Moorish elements. The interiorsadd a historic charm to the place including the ceiling with a star shaped into them and the coff...Read more
  12. Cordoba

    Historical Site, Town, Neighborhoods

    Cordoba A word that carried a lot of weight in medieval Europe. It was once called a Jewel of the World. And with good cause, for during the 10th and 11th centuries it was not only one of the largest cities of the world at that time but also a commercial hub with a booming economy in addition to being one of the most important political and cultural centres. Starting out in 3rd century BC as a ...Read more
  13. Palace Of Charles V

    4.5 (35 Votes)
    Palace Of Charles V

    Palace, Architecture

    The Palace of Carlos V built in the 1520’s, was designed by Pedro Machuca- an architect who studied under Michelangelo. In 1560’s the funds of the palace (taken from the taxes) proved insufficient and the palace remained roofless till the early 20th century! Today, the place is home to two museums- Museo de la Alhambra and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum). The architectu...Read more
  14. Hacienda-cortijo Jesus Del Valle

    Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Monastery

    Overview of Hacienda-cortijo Jesus Del Valle Jesus Del Valle boasts of being the first monastery built by Jesuits in Granada. Situated in nature’s lap, it is still untouched by the contagious city cement. Today, this historical site rests in ruins, after going through many incidents in the past. Do visit this monastery as a tribute to the culture and explore the neighborhood that is fill...Read more
  15. Plaza Isabel La Catolica

    4.4 (41 Votes)
    Plaza Isabel La Catolica

    Walking Area, Statue, Plaza, Fountain

    Located in the historic city, the Plaza de Isabel La Catolica is an urban plaza built in the 1960’s. The bronze statue of Queen Isabella and Christopher Columbus made by sculptor Mariano Benlliure in Rome in the late 19th century, is the highlight of the plaza and truly defines the place. The fountain that surrounds the statue, add to its beauty. Take a walk here in the evening to explore...Read more