Welcome to my guide on the top 10 things to do in Granada, Spain. Granada is a charming city located in the Andalusian region of southern Spain, offering visitors a unique blend of Islamic and Spanish Renaissance architecture, stunning natural scenery, and an incredible gastronomy scene.
In this post, I will share my top 10 must-see places in Granada that will help you make the most of your trip. From visiting the iconic Alhambra Palace to exploring the beautiful Plazas and dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, this list has something for everyone.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the top 10 things to do in Granada, Spain.
Granada is set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Spain’s Andalusia region. This city is known for its Moorish architecture, gardens, parks, and in particular Alhambra, the site of a large fortress set atop a hill above the city.
Here is my top 10 for Granada
1. Visit Alhambra Palace
Alhambra Palace is a World UNESCO Heritage site and a consummate example of Islamic architecture and of course a major tourist destination. The palace was built in the 1200 – 1300’s for the Nasrids but has been occupied by others since that time – each attempting to add their own touch to this beautiful place but it is mostly the Moorish influence that stands out the most. The site has stunning architecture, beautiful courts, pools, and gardens and is a must see in my opinion. I especially enjoyed spending time in the courts and gardens.
2. See Generalife
Generalife is located next Alhambra and is also worth seeing as it was the leisure place of Kings of Grenada. As I mentioned above, I really enjoyed spending time in the gardens and this is another great place to do it. It is relaxing and provides great photo opportunities.
3. Visit the Granada Cathedral
This unique cathedral has a combination of both Gothic and Spanish Renaissance styles as it was built between the movements. View this spectacular cathedral from both the inside and out and all around. The cathedral is located in the city center and due to its size, is not easily missed!
4. Visit the Plazas
To name a few…. Visit Plaza de Santa Ana, Plaza de Carmen, and Plaza de San Nicolas. There are lots of reasons for doing this including exploring the city, seeing historic churches, shopping, and getting a bite to eat. Each has its own features that makes it distinct. Until you get out walking, you never have really been somewhere. Even the graffiti is interesting!
5. Have lunch at Hotel Alhambra Palace.
It is from here that you have a complete view of the city. So take it all in along with some refreshments and marvel at the city below.
6. Stay at Eurostars Gran Vía
You should stay here just because I did : ) Aside from that, it is located in the city center with convenient access to Granada Cathedral, beautiful parks, gardens, plazas, shopping, dining. Yes, stay here!
7. Eurostars Gran Via Rooftop
Another great reason to stay Eurostars Gran Via is the rooftop. This is an excellent venue to catch a sunset and with gorgeous views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you cannot go wrong.
8. Party at Mae West Granada
If you are not completely exhausted from walking around the city and can hang, then why not go here and boogie the night away.
9. Dine at Ruta del Veleta
This restaurant is located on the outskirts of Granada and is an excellent place to stop when coming to and from the Sierra Nevada mountains. This Michelin Star restaurant is a very professional and well-run establishment and the food… should be no surprise is amazing!
10. Take a drive to the Sierra Nevada Mountains
The mountains are beautiful and there always seems be a surprise around every corner. This is a great place to get lost for a bit so to speak and see cute small villages and great scenery.
In conclusion, Granada is a city that offers an unforgettable experience for travelers. With its unique blend of architecture, culture, and natural beauty, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Granada.
Whether you are exploring the stunning Alhambra Palace or enjoying a sunset from the Eurostars Gran Via rooftop, every moment in Granada is filled with magic and wonder. And with a thriving gastronomy scene, there is always something delicious to try.
I hope this guide has inspired you to plan your trip to Granada and explore all that this wonderful city has to offer.