Granada has everything you need for a great city break. Many visitors only come to see the Alhambra, but there is so much more to see and experience in the lively city of Granada. The city is big, but it will be easy to find your way around. And although Granada is a bit hilly, you can easily discover the city on foot and there are a lot of must do’s.
What are the must do’s in Granada besides visiting the Alhambra?
1. Mirador de San Nicolas
From the square of Mirador de San Nicolas in Granada you have the best view of the entire Alhambra complex. In the square it is very cozy and usually there is Roma music. Very nice to see and hear! At various stalls in the square you can buy beautiful jewelry. With a little climb you’ll reach this square from Plaza Nueva, but you can also take a taxi for about €5,00.
2. Carmen de los Martires
In my opinion is, Carmen de los Martires the best kept secret of Granada.
These impressive gardens are free to visit. it’s quiet and cool here and you can easily spend an hour here. This garden is a five-minute walk from the entrance of the Alhambra.
3. Walk through the neighborhood Albayzin
Albayzin is a beautiful Arabic neighborhood full of small narrow streets, where you walk through. It is the oldest Arabic district in Granada. Along the way you will encounter all sorts of stairs and hidden corners. The narrow, steep streets lead you to the viewpoint of San Nicolas. This neighborhood also includes some original Moorish houses and a wide range of restaurants. Here you can also find my favorite restaurant in Granada: El Trillo. If you find it, you really have to stop for dinner here. The terrace has great views of the Alhambra.
4. Carrera del Darro
A wonderful stroll can be taken on the Carrera del Darro. This is a fairytale-like path along the Darro River, right in the center of Granada. On the way you will find churches, bridges, shops, street vendors and cafes. At the end, a steep footpath leads up to the Alhambra.
5. Paseo de los Tristes
The square of Paseo de los Tristes is quietly located and has a beautiful view of the Alhambra. Here you will find various terraces with delicious tapas. Parallel, besides the Darro River, is the most romantic walk that is possible in Granada.
6. Monastry of Saint Jerome
As you step into this monastery, you calm down right away. A lovely feeling! There is a beautiful orchard with oranges and there are several small halls that are worth a visit. The church is amazingly beautiful.
General admission: €4,00
7. Cathedral of Granada
Despite this not being the most impressive cathedral of Spain, it is definitely worth a visit. It is in a cozy part of Granada and the cathedral consists of beautiful columns, lots of gold and art.
General admission: €4,00
8. Alcaicería market
Alcaicería market is the Big Bazar of the town and the original Moorish silk market. This market can be found close to Plaza Nueva, where you feel like you’re in Morocco due to all the Arabic teahouses (Teteria’s). The bazar is very touristic and consists of many small streets filled with small arab shops.
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This is my list of 8 must do’s in Granada! What do you think are must do’s in Granada?
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