Granada & Alhambra guide

A citytrip to Granada? Info, attractions & the Alhambra

Granada Highlights Travelguide

The online travel guide with all the info for your Granada trip in Andalusia. All tips for activities and sights in Granada Spain. The city with the world famous Alhambra palace.

Citytrip Granada & Alhambra

Alhambra GranadaThe Alhambra and Sierra Nevada (iStock.com/sorincolac)Granada is a Spanish city in Andalusia as well as the capital of the province of Granada. The city has 236,982 inhabitants, making it the fourth largest city of Andalusia (after Sevilla, Málaga and Córdoba). It lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at a height of 738 metres. With an annual visitor count of over 3 million, it comes as no surprise that the city is featured in the top 10 most visited Spanish cities.

The most famous tourist attraction of Granada Spain is certainly the Alhambra, featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List and good for a full day of sightseeing during your city trip. This historic palace is full of remnants from both the Moorish and Catholic culture. The city has a compact centre that can easily be explored on foot and the palace of the Alhambra is visible from the entire city; with the snowy mountain tops of the Sierra Nevada in the background.

But, Granada has more to offer than just the Alhambra. It is a large and lively student city in Spain (approximately 60,000 students) thanks to the prestigious Universidad de Granada. This student life also means the city of Granada has a vibrant night life, trendy bars and no shortage of tapas. Combine this with authentic districts, colourful markets, flamenco and its own tapas culture and you have all the ingredients for a surprising city trip.

A city with cultural history

Granada and AlhambraThe Alhambra palace (iStock.com/IvanBastien)The cultural riches of Granada with influences from the Moors, Catholics and Jews make this city in Spain into an important cultural centre. In the 7th century, the Moors continued to invade Spain from North Africa, following which Granada was occupied by the Moors for 800 years. Granada's role gradually increased within the Moorish realm, became one of the richest cities in Europe and eventually became a kingdom with the stunning Alhambra palace. In 1492, the city was reconquered by the Catholic kings (Ferdinand and Isabel), due to which the Moors and Jews had to convert to Catholicism or flee the country. Slowly but surely, this caused the city to fall into economic and cultural decay for several centuries.

In the cosy Albaicín quarter and the gypsy and cave district of Sacromonte, you can find lots of flamenco, the traditional dance from Andalusia. Lots of stars from the Flamenco world started their careers there. The maze of alleys in the Albaicín district is ideal for wandering, to subsequently visit the Jewish quarter of Realejo for a bite to eat and a drink in one of the many cosy squares and alleyways. What makes this extra fun is that many of the bars in the narrow streets serve a free tapa with each drink. Had your fill of culture? Visit the trendy shopping area around Plaza Bib-Rambla and Plaza Trinidad.

Besides the world-famous Alhambra, this Andalusian city still plenty of interesting sights and must-sees:


Top Sights in Granada

Alhambra Granada

Alhambra Palace

The Moorish Alhambra is a medieval fortress and palace and certainly one of Spain's highlights. Prepare your visit because tickets are normally sold out weeks before.

El Albaicín District Granada

'El Albaicín' district

Granada's oldest Arab quarter situated on the hill across from the Alhambra. Narrow streets and cozy squares combined with whitewashed houses.

Best travel period Granada

Granada HighlightsLike the rest of Andalusia, Granada has a Mediterranean climate under the influence of the Mediterranean. Due to the location near the Sierra Nevada, there are sometimes large temperature differences between day and night. This is not common for a climate that is under the influence of a sea. 

Both in the summer and winter months, the temperature can plummet at night and rise during the day (even to as much as 40 degrees centigrade). The winters are very cold for Spain and it is possible that the temperature drops below freezing occasionally. The winters are also fairly wet and snow may even fall. The best period for a Granada city trip is the spring because of the ideal temperatures and the green nature, or September/October.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum (°C) 11 12 15 17 22 27 32 32 28 21 15 11
Minimum (°C) 1 2 4 6 9 13 16 16 14 9 5 2
Hours of sunshine / day 5 6 7 7 9 11 12 11 8 7 6 5

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Where is Granada located in Spain?

Granada is located in Andalusia in southern Spain. The most famous cities nearby are Malaga at 126 kilometers, Almeria 156 kilometers, Cordoba 172 kilometers and Seville is 248 kilometers. The city is also perfect for a longer stay, because within an hour drive you are also at the beach (Almuñecar, Salobrena and Motril are popular beach resorts) and even faster you are in the Sierra Nevada mountains for beautiful walks. In the Sierra Nevada you will find the high mountain peaks of the Mulhacen (3481 m), Veleta (3470 m) and Alcazaba (3314 m).

Granada Highlights