The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and is of indescribable beauty. It is both a palace and a fortress surrounded by walls and was the residence of the Nasrid sultans between the 13th and 15th centuries.
Its palaces, towers, royal apartments and gardens show the splendour that Granada attained during the Nasrid dynasty.
It is a must to visit the Alhambra during your stay in Granada.
Things to Do in Granada
After visiting the Alhambra on the first day, you can visit several other well-worthy sites, but ultimately all will depend on the tastes of the visitor. On the second day you can visit the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, the Bañuelo, or explore the old neighbourhoods of the Albaycin and the Sacromonte. At night, you can have a beer and a 'tapa' or see a flamenco show.
The Cathedral and the Royal Chapel
The Cathedral of Granada was built on the site of the former Great Mosque. It has an imposing interior with several beautiful chapels. The Royal Chapel is the burial place of the Catholic Kings and is adjacent to the Cathedral.
Arab baths rooms , you will see impressive Arab baths dating back to the 11th century, one of the most complete and preserved ancient Arab baths in Spain, at the foot of the Alhambra.
Carrera del Darro and Plaza Nueva
River and the bridges in carrera del darro The Carrera del Darro and the Paseo de los Tristes are some of the most beautiful places in Granada, next to the River Darro, crossed by two stone bridges. They offer stunning views of the Alhambra. Plaza Nueva is located next to the Carrera del Darro and is the oldest square in Granada.
There are several good places for having a beer with tapas in the Paseo de los Tristes, where you can also enjoy the beautiful views of the Alhambra.
Albaycin and Sacromonte
View of sierra nevada mountains from albaycin The districts of Albaycin and Sacromonte are two of the most historic places to visit in Granada.
The Albaycin is located on a hill opposite the Alhambra and is one of the most typical districts of Granada where you can find narrow streets lined with old Arab houses; you can enjoy stunning views of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás (St Nicholas Outlook).
The Sacromonte is famous for its gypsy caves, beautiful natural surroundings and flamenco shows.
It is also very easy to get lost as the streets do not follow straight paths.
In these neighbourhoods you can enjoy the art of "tapas" and see flamenco shows, together with some very beautiful sunsets.
Restaurant with flamenco show in Granada In the Sacromonte there are many caves bringing you the true taste of Spain through authentic flamenco shows. The Albaycin also has several restaurants with flamenco dancing.
Tapas Bars in Granada
"Ir de tapas" (To go for a drink plus a free snack) in Granada is not only a tradition; it is a philosophy of life.
This way you can quickly taste the variety of Granadian cuisine, and it is free (but of course you have to pay for the drink!).