Things to do in

Granada

Come for the Alhambra, stay for the fascinating fusion of cultural traditions, ancient and modern alike.

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Our most recommended Granada Day Trips

  • Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

    1. Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

    Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert interpreter of the heritage of the city and fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city's post-Roman districts, including the Moorish suburb of "El Albayzín." Admire the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife, the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir. Next, drive to the center of Granada for lunch (own expense). Then, take a guided walk of the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-...

    The guide Gustav was fantastic. He explained everything so much j detail and was very entertaining. Loved it. Will highly recommmed.

  • Granada: Sierra Nevada 4WD Safari

    2. Granada: Sierra Nevada 4WD Safari

    Discover some of the best views of the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding Granada, and enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the old city from secret viewpoints. On the tour, drive along trails that date back over a thousand years, from the time of the Visigods and the Arabs. Following pickup from Granada city center, travel by 4WD vehicle towards the towering peaks of the nearby mountains north of the city. They soar to altitudes of more than 6,700 feet (2,000 meters), and remain snow-capped for much of the year. Explore the north face of the Sierra Nevada to see the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, climbing to heights of more than 3,000 meters. Marvel at the amazing landscape, before driving to Sierra de Huétor Natural Park. The mountains here are lower, and were used by the Moors to draw spring water for the Albaicín, now part of Granada. See some old fortifications from the days...

    It was excellent , Miguel is a fantastic guide and we learnt so much from his knowledge of Sierra Nevada. Kindest Regards, Malcolm Msika and Aida Kershavazi

  • From Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín Full-Day Tour

    3. From Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín Full-Day Tour

    Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert in the history of the fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city's districts, including the Moorish suburb of "El Albayzín". Admire the beauty of the Generalife, home to the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir. Next, drive to the center of Granada to enjoy free time for lunch. Then, take a guided walk of the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-filled balconies. Stop to take in the ...

  • Malaga: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra, Palaces and Gardens

    4. Malaga: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra, Palaces and Gardens

    Meet your local guide and get ready to discover the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada. It is the most visited monument in Spain. Built during the 13th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the complex, including a visit to the Nasrid Palaces. Admire the elaborate rooms and Moorish architecture and learn about the symbols and techniques used in the monument's construction. Also, discover the sultan’s summer palace to the east of Alhambra. The Generalife is framed by breathtaking scenery and surrounded by a plethora of vegetation and green open space. Then board the bus for the return transfer back to Malaga.

  • Granada: Sacromonte Caves Flamenco Show with Dinner

    5. Granada: Sacromonte Caves Flamenco Show with Dinner

    Make your way to a traditional cave dwelling in the Sacromonte district of Granada, and watch an authentic flamenco show as you enjoy a dinner of typical food from Andalucía. Get a meet and greet on arrival as the receptionist escorts you to your table for dinner. Admire the historical ambiance of the ancient cave dwelling as your waiter answers any questions you may have about the menu or evening's entertainment. Feast on a tasty dinner of salad, Spanish omelet and quality meat and fish with delicious sauces. Marvel as the flamenco singers, dancers and guitar players take to the stage, so close to you that you will feel involved in the soul of the performance.

    Loved the close proximity of the dancers. They were fabulous and passionate about their art. Dinner was ok, salad, meat and cheese platter, fish or pork and a piece of cake. One drink.

  • From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

    6. From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

    Discover the secrets of the Alhambra Palace, the most-visited attraction in Spain. Relax with pickup from different meeting points on the Costa del Sol and in Malaga before making your way to the palace. Along the way, take in the panoramic views of the Sierra de Malaga before you reach the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the Alhambra, visit the palace of Charles V, the Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid palaces and the famous Patio de los Leones. Enjoy free time in the Granada city center, where you can explore the architecture of one of the most magical and emblematic cities in the world. Also take time to enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of the area before returning to the Costa de Sol.

    The staff Katy and the driver was very friendly , professional andhelpful and the guide person was professional all over excellent

  • Granada: Full-Day Trip from Seville with Transfers

    7. Granada: Full-Day Trip from Seville with Transfers

    Enjoy a visit to Granada, a magical Andalusian city with a unique cultural legacy contributed to by a number of civilizations. You’ll travel by air-conditioned minivan from Seville on this 12-hour excursion. Skip the lines waiting to enter the Alhambra, the jewel in the crown of this stunning city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Tour the fortress and palaces of the Alhambra with an official local guide. As you visit the palaces, the splendid rooms, and magnificent gardens you’ll understand why the last Arabic king cried when leaving the Alhambra after being overthrown by the Catholic kings. Enjoy a walk with an official guide in the Generalife Gardens, undoubtedly of the world’s most impressive gardens.  After the tour, you’ll have free time to explore Granada on your own before the return journey to Seville.

    Great experience our guides Raphael And Cynthia were great very knowledgeable and interesting. Would like a little more time to explore Granada but was a great day.

  • From Malaga: Alhambra Full-Day Tour with Nasrid Palaces

    8. From Malaga: Alhambra Full-Day Tour with Nasrid Palaces

    Visit the Alhambra and the vibrant city of Granada without worrying about tickets and transportation. Travel from Malaga in a coach driven by a professional and friendly bilingual driver. The Alhambra Palace is the most visited monument in Spain. Built during the 13th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. You will enjoy a guided tour of the complex, including a visit to the Nasrid Palaces. Admire the elaborate rooms and Moorish architecture and learn about the symbols and techniques used in the monument's construction. Enjoy some free time in the city center to visit the cathedral, have lunch in a local restaurant or simply wander around the streets and plazas. You will then board the coach for the return transfer back to Malaga.

  • Granada: Sacromonte Caves Flamenco Show

    9. Granada: Sacromonte Caves Flamenco Show

    Watch an amazing flamenco show in the historic caves of the Sacromonte district of Granada and immerse yourself in the sensual rhythms and passionate sounds of the folkloric tradition in a unique venue. Thought to have been inhabited by Muslims more than 500 years ago, the cave dwellings were later occupied by gypsies who used them as living quarters and for temporary refuge after the conquest of the city by Christians. Experience the diversity of the Sacromonte neighborhood, where people of all races and walks of life now live in harmony. Pay your respect to the roots of flamenco as you survey your extraordinary surroundings and listen to music that will elevate you to levels of unknown pleasure.  Then, journey back in time and explore the narrow streets of the Albayzin district that dates back to the days of the Nasrid Kingdom.

    We stood outside in very cold weather from before 9.30pm which was our pick up time at the Eurostar Hotel in Gran Via; the bus arrived just before 10pm. There must be a better way to co ordinate a pick up. And the booking site could give live updates regarding progress if the bus, The flamenco performance was brilliant. The advertised program was a tour of the Albaicin usually after the show. All that was offered was a bus ride up to the St Nicholas viewsite to take night photos of the Alhambra and a brief explanation about the relatively new and only mosque in Granada. That’s not a tour, it’s a photo op and a four minute talk on the same site. You could improve your logistics and accuracy

  • Electric Bike Tour with 2 Options to Explore Granada

    10. Electric Bike Tour with 2 Options to Explore Granada

    The Albaicín, a World Heritage Site, and Sacromonte are 2 of Granada’s most colorful, enchanting, and historical districts. Sacromonte is known for its caves in which gypsies celebrate nightly with their flamenco songs and dancing. Explore these areas on an electric bike tour accompanied by your instructor/guide who will ensure that you see the sights of interest. This is just 1 of 4 electric bike tour options in Granada. The tours range from 2-3 hours in duration, and all begin with a training session to familiarize you with the operation of the vehicle. If you don’t want miss any of Granada's nooks or crannies, choose the XL tour. You’ll travel through all the city’s neighborhoods on this 2nd option and see hidden places such as the Palace of Dar-al-Horra, the Paseo de los Tristes, the San Nicolas Viewpoint, and the Cuesta de Chapiz. Ride your electric bike along the paths and trail...

    We had a great time. We really got an opportunity to know the soul of the city, with amazing views. Lucas was the best guide we ever had. 5 stars. Thank you for the memories.

Frequently asked questions about Granada

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Granada?

    With so much to see and do, a two-night minimum is recommended, but if you stay for three nights you'll see the sights without becoming too exhausted!

  • Book tickets to The Alhambra in advance

    You should buy tickets in advance to save waiting time and to guarantee entry, as spots are limited and sell out throughout the year!

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the most pleasant, offering warm, sunny days!

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What people are saying about Granada

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 50,506 reviews

Espectacular! Nos encanto la Alhambra. Su historia, arquitectura, lo imponente y sobre todo entender cada detalle con la guía Pepa. Recorrimos los palacios, mezquitas, caminos, jardines y vimos cambios entre Musulmanes y Cristianos. Es un punto imperdible si estás en Andalucía.

Very good guided tour. The tour lasted 3 and a half hours. We were able to ask all the questions we wanted, we went to every corner. It was very comfortable to have a radio with a headset to be able to listen to the guide when there were many people. I recommend it!

The guide was up to the monuments of the Alhambra, that is to say breathtaking. Very bright, caring for each of us. Everything was fine. Even a small cool stop halfway through which was welcome.

The guide Gustav was fantastic. He explained everything so much j detail and was very entertaining. Loved it. Will highly recommmed.

Sacromonte may be neglected. Don't expect caves!