Only 3 around hours away from Seville, Granada should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Andalucía where you will be able to pack in lots of things to do and see for a 1-2 night stay.
You cannot go to Granada without visiting the Alhambra – a Moorish palace and fortress on a hilltop that overlooks the city. You can easily spend half a day here exploring the various gardens, courtyards and the intricate architecture of the palaces, as well as the remnants of the citadel and watchtower you can climb to the top of.
There are lots of different ticket options including guided tours or even a night-time visit. Make sure to book your ticket in advance as they will sell out!
Wander through the different barrios
The neighbourhood of Albaicín is a UNESCO world heritage site that preserves its layout of the Medieval Moorish winding network of streets of its Muslim past. You can get lost at every turn down narrow and cobbled alleyways, where at this time of year all you can smell are the jasmine flowers the streets are lined with.
Stroll along the scenic Carrera del Darro along the riverside and wander through Realejo, the old Jewish quarter where you will be able to find lots of options for tapas bars.
Go to one of the miradors for sunset (such as Mirador San Nicolás) where you will get the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains, with the lights of the Alhambra and the city below.
Make sure you take advantage of the free tapas
Granada has free tapas that will come with every drink you order at a bar or restaurant – so definitely make use of this great perk!
Visit the cave houses of Sacromonte
In the neighbourhood next to Albaicín at the top of the hill is Sacromonte, where you will find some of the best views of the city and the surrounding valleys. Here the houses are made up of caves where the Roma settled in houses dug into the sides of the hills in the 18th century.
A mix of people still live in these caves today, but you can visit the Museo Cuevas Del Sacromonte that gives you a glimpse into the life and traditions of the people living in these caves 100 years ago.
The Sacromonte district is also famous for flamenco and here you can book an evening at a show at one of the flamenco caves.
Granada is a small city and it is very easy to walk around. These are just a few suggestions, but there is a lot more to explore such as lots of hiking into the valleys around the Alhambra. So book your ticket and enjoy your trip to Granada!
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