Granada

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Top attractions in Granada

Top 7 things to do in Granada

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies the exquisite city of Granada. If you’re planning a trip and wondering what to see in the city, here are some ideas to help you catch the top attractions.

  • Alhambra

    1. Alhambra

    The Alhambra Palace and fortress is a prime sight to see and tour when in Granada. Steeped in rich history and visually breathtaking, what’s not to like?

  • Generalife

    2. Generalife

    The stunning gardens surrounding the Palacio de Generalife make it one of the city’s top attractions. If you really want to experience the space, tours are available.

  • Albaicin

    3. Albaicin

    A world heritage site of meandering medieval Moorish streets make Albaicin a perfect sightseeing spot and really give a flavor of the history of the region.

  • Granada Cathedral

    4. Granada Cathedral

    Also called the Cathedral of the Incarnation, with impressive architecture both inside and out, this is one site you do not want to miss when you visit the city.

  • Palace of Charles V

    5. Palace of Charles V

    The Palace of Charles V was once ruled by the eponymous Roman Emperor. And a visit to the impressive circular patio is one of the most popular things to do in the city.

  • Mirador de San Nicolas

    6. Mirador de San Nicolas

    For [panoramic views of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada, Mirador de San Nicolas is the spot to visit. Being a popular tourist attraction, there's always a great atmosphere, especially at sunset!

  • Park Federico Garca Lorca Park

    7. Park Federico Garca Lorca Park

    After all that city sightseeing, you might be looking for a spot to relax. And this park, established in memory of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, is perfect!

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 51,408 reviews

We, a family of 4 with 2 girls of 13 and 10, visited the Alhambra in early January on a slightly wet and very cold day. Despite the weather it was a truly memorable experience. The monument lived up to all the reviews we had read, beautiful gardens of Generalife and stunning Nasrid Palaces and almost no other visitors at that time! My only complaint was the price I paid. I booked through Get Your Guide and paid €115 for 4 tickets with audio guide. I knew I was paying almost as much as a guided tour but with 2 young children I did not want to be tied to a 3-hour tour. When we arrived we discovered there were hardly any visitors and plenty of tickets available on the door at a cost of €14.75 for adults and free for children under 12! I understand there are admin costs but being charged almost 300% when tickets were fully available at face value left a very bad taste. I am still glad we went but hate being left with the feeling of having been ripped off.

Excellente et très agréable visite de l’Alhambra. Notre guide Marco-Antonio fût excellent à tous égards : il partage son savoir encyclopédique avec humour et s’exprime dans un français parfait. Cette visite est très riche (les palais et les jardins nécessitent au moins 3 heures de visite), mais nous n’avons pas vu le temps passer. Marco-Antonio est spécialiste de l’histoire médiévale espagnole et sera le guide parfait pour vous faire découvrir (ou redécouvrir) l’Alhambra, tant pour relater les faits historiques majeurs ayant façonné ce lieu d’exception que pour partager des anecdotes culinaires en longeant le potager. Un guide passionné et passionnant!

We were so lucky to have Ana Diaz as our guide for the Alhambra tour. Such a lovely and knowledgeable lady who made everything very interesting. We had a problem ( our fault,) by forgetting our passports (we had ID but you need something with a photo on it) and had to go back to the apartment in a taxi. Ana worked out when she and the rest of the group would be and told us to get a taxi to there. It worked out brilliantly thanks to her thoughtfulness and kindness.

The guide (Vanessa) was very nice and explained everything very well. She was also upbeat and enthusiastic about what she does, which makes it way more fun. We had some issues getting in to some buildings because of new ID requirements and she was patient and very helpful. We appreciate it so much, and thumbs up also to the personnel at Alhambra for being very helpful as well.

About 3 hours of guided tour with a small group of 6 pple. The place is a must see in Granada. Ana was a great guide. I would have got lost without a guide! We did the tour at 10AM and there was not many tourists so there was no queue anywhere and made the tour very enjoyable. We were able to stay longer on the site after the tour to enjoy the views over the city.