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Top 10 Sights, Attractions, Highlights & Places to visit in Granada Spain

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Top 10 Granada tourist attractions

During your city trip of Granada Spain, these are the Top 10 most famous highlights and the most visited Granada tourist attractions in Andalusia. Granada has one of the most famous tourist attractions in the whole of Spain; the impressive Moorish Alhambra palace. But you can also spend hours sightseeing and roaming the caves district of Sacromonte and the Albaicín district in this Spanish student city. During your visit and citytrip to Granada (Spain), this is the Top 10 of must see sights, tourist attractions and things to do in Granada Spain:

Alhambra Granada

1. Must See: La Alhambra de Granada

Without any doubt the number 1 attraction on the list of 'What to do in Granada': The Alhambra is a Moorish fortress and palace built on the hill of Granada and one of the most famous attractions in the whole of Spain. Alhambra means the 'red palace' and was founded by the Nasrid Sultans. You can easily spend an entire day exploring, because the Alhambra also includes the summer palace Generalife with its gorgeous gardens, the palace of Charles V and the Alcazar stronghold.

Important: The Alhambra has limited access and is often sold out weeks in advance, so make sure to order your tickets online a couple of weeks in advance. More information of the Alhambra.

Attractions Granada Albaicin Quarter

2. Sightseeing in 'El Albaicín' District

The Albaicín is the oldest Arab district in Granada Spain at the foot of the hill of the Alhambra. This (tourist) district has a Moorish palace 'Dar Al-Horra' and a public bath. The district is a maze of small cobblestone streets and tiny squares; a great place to visit and wander around. From the 'Mirador de San Nicolas' you have one of the best views of the Alhambra palace. Read more about the places to visit in 'El Albaicín'.

Cathedral of Granada

3. Landmark: Cathedral of Granada

The Catedral de Granada is the 16th century cathedral in the city centre, dedicated to the Virgin of the Incarnation. The cathedral is a mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles. Next to the cathedral of Granada is the 'Capilla Real', the burial chapel for kings.

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4. Capilla Real

In the Royal burial chapel ('Capilla Real') from 1517, situated next to the cathedral, one can find the Gothic style mausoleum of several catholic royal couples, including Isabella and Ferdinand who reconquered the city from the Moors. More info 'Capilla Real'.


5. Places to visit in Granada: Sacromonte

Sacromonte, bordering the El Albaicín district, is a 15th century gipsy quarter located on the hill with typical cave homes. The Sacromonte quarter of Granada with its steep streets has a long-standing tradition of flamenco performed by the Spanish gypsies (Gitanos or Roma). Visit one of the typical caves for a flamenco show in the evening. Furthermore, the district has a museum about the caves and you can enjoy the stunning view nearby the Sacromonte abbey.

Tip: To visit the flamenco shows it is often necessary to book in advance. We have made a selection for you of the best flamenco shows in Granada Spain:

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6. El Bañuelo (Arab baths)

The 11th century El Bañuelo, or the Arab baths, is the oldest and best preserved Arab public bath ('hammam') of Andalusia situated in the El Albaicín district. The Arab baths can be visited with this combination ticket. It is one of the few Moorish buildings that was not torn down after Granada was reconquered by the Spanish kings.

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7. Monastery 'La Cartuja'

The 'Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción' is an impressive monastery from 1506 of the strict Carthusian Order situated on the north hill of the city. A lovely, but considerable hike to make if you are staying in Granada Spain for a longer period of time and according to experts the most beautiful monastery in Spain, despite its austere exterior. More about the monastery.

Things to do near Granada

8. Things to do near Granada: Sierra Nevada

Looking for things to do near Granada? The Sierra Nevada form the high mountains with snowy mountain tops nearby Granada city. The mountainous area offers a great day out from Granada Spain. Go for a walk through the stunning nature or enjoy the 85 kilometres of ski slopes during the season. More info 'Sierra Nevada'.

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9. Basílica de San Juan de Dios

The church is dedicated to the patron saint of Granada 'John of God'. The exterior is an austere church, but the inside is truly overwhelming with all its (gold leaf) splendour. A perfect combination with the adjacent Monasterio de Jéronimo, or the Hieronymites Monastery.

La Alcaicería market highlights

10. La Alcaicería - Bazaar of Granada

What to do in Granada old town? The Alcaicería market is the 'Big Bazaar' and the original Moorish side market. Today, La Alcaicería is a tourist market near Plaza de Bib-Rambla square. The ideal place to score your souvenirs.

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Granada landmarks and monuments

Granada squares, streets and parks

Sightseeing: more places to visit in Granada Spain

Granada has all the elements for a wonderful city trip of one or a couple of days. Order your tickets in advance for one of the most famous and most visited attractions of Spain, the Moorish Alhambra palace. Explore the typical districts El Albaicín and Sacromonte and enjoy the affordable bars and restaurants with free tapas with every drink.

Things to do in Granada with kids

Do you visit Granada with children? Then consider the following activities and Granada things to do:

  • Aquaola water park: A 10 minutes drive from Granada in the village of 'Cenes de la Vega' is a water park with several swimming pools and a wide range of water slides.
  • Science Park: The interactive science museum is the most visited museum of Andalucia. The museum is a fun way for young and old to get acquainted with natural science phenomena.

More places to visit in Andalusia?

The city of Granada Spain is perfect to combine with a tour of Andalusia. Visit other Andalusia highlights such as the cities of Malaga, Cordoba (with the Mosque-Cathedral of Mezquita) and beautiful Seville (with the Royal Alcazar Palace). The beautiful city of Granada with its many must see attractions will certainly not disappoint you!

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