Explore Granada's rich heritage, from the stunning Alhambra to vibrant flamenco shows, winding Albayzín streets, and delectable tapas.

Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain’s Andalucía region, is a city drenched in history, culture, and architectural splendor. It’s famed for its unique melding of Moorish and Christian influences, and offers a rich tapestry of experiences for visitors. 

Granada is around a 1.5 hour drive from Villa Andalucía. The drive is stunning as you go through the mountains, passed some beautiful green reservoires and eventually, depending on the time of year, passed the snow capped Sierra Nevadas.

Here are some highlights and must-sees of Granada:

  1. Alhambra: Granada’s crowning jewel, the Alhambra is a sprawling hilltop fortress complex that encapsulates the pinnacle of Moorish art and architecture. Originally built in the mid-13th century, it includes palaces, courtyards, and gardens. The intricate tilework, stucco, and woodwork inside are simply breathtaking. 

    Tickets get booked up months in advance so make sure you speak to Helen as soon as you know the dates you’re coming if you want to visit the Alhambra.

  2. Generalife Gardens: Adjacent to the Alhambra, these gardens were the leisure place for the Nasrid kings. The lush gardens, fountains, and patios make it a lovely place to wander around before or after lunch in the city. Entry is about €11.

  3. Albayzín: This ancient Moorish quarter of the city, characterised by narrow winding streets, whitewashed buildings, and historic mosques turned churches, offers a glimpse into the city’s medieval past. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  4. Sacromonte: Known for its traditional cave houses, this district is famed for its flamenco shows. The Sacromonte Abbey, sitting atop the hill, provides an excellent view of the Alhambra and the city.

  5. Royal Chapel: This chapel houses the tombs of Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. Its architecture and the art inside, particularly the ornate tombs, are noteworthy. Entry price is €5.

  6. Granada Cathedral: An example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, the cathedral stands as one of the largest and most opulent in Spain. Tickets are around €6 to enter.

  7. Tapas Culture: Granada is renowned for its tapas. Unique to Granada, many bars and restaurants offer a free tapa with every drink, meaning you can eat out for free if you buy enough drinks!

  8. Sierra Nevada: Just a short distance from the city, these mountains are popular for skiing in winter and hiking in the other seasons. The views from the top are spectacular. Read more about the Ski resort here.

  9. Flamenco: Andalucía is the birthplace of flamenco, and Granada is one of the cities where this passionate art form can be witnessed in its most authentic state, especially in the caves of Sacromonte.

    A blend of Moorish and Christian histories, a hub for arts and sciences (with its University), and an embodiment of Andalucian culture, Granada offers a rich and immersive travel experience. Whether you’re an admirer of architecture, a history buff, or a lover of natural beauty, Granada is a stunning day out that for sure will leave you wanting to come back!

If you have any questions about planning a day out in Granada, click on the email address below and contact Helen.