Are you in Granada for a day? Surely you already know that you will not be able to leave the city without visiting the Alhambra. Of course your visit will focus on the discovery of this wonderful complex. But if your intention is to make the most of your day in Granada, don't worry, we suggest the itinerary to visit the city and do not miss the most important places to know.
The Alhambra in Granada is the most visited monument in Spain. More than 2 million people visit it every year.
It was built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and was declared World Heritage Site in 1984.
It is the oldest Arab fortress in the world. A complex of impressive palaces and beautiful gardens, fountains and courtyards. Its location, with magnificent views of the city of Granada, the Albaycín and Sierra Nevada, make the Alhambra a magical place.
To visit the Alhambra it is essential to buy tickets as soon as you decide to visit Granada. Tickets are limited and the sooner you buy them, the more you will be able to choose the day you want. Because if you wait too long to buy admission tickets, know that the chances of finding tickets will be practically nil.
You can consult our article "How to buy tickets for the Alhambra in Granada". You will find all the information for the purchase of your tickets.
NB: when purchasing tickets you will be asked to choose a time. This time represents the time at which you can visit the “Palacios Nazaríes” (it is a part of the Alhambra which can only be accessed at the reserved time).
This is the map to situate yourself a bit. Once there you can get a free map.
There is no time limit to stay inside the complex. You just have to take into account that at least 10 minutes before the booked time, you will have to be in front of the Palacios Nazaríes, otherwise you will not be able to visit them.
The time to visit the entire monument is a minimum of 3 hours. We think they also need 4. It's huge! This is why we recommend going from the early hours of opening, in order to make the most of the day.
The monumental complex is open in the following times:
- From 1st April to 14th October: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 20:00.
- From 15 October to 31 March: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 18:00.
La Granada Cathedral it is the first Renaissance structure in Spain and the second largest in the country. Located in the heart of Granada, it was built to show the world the importance of the city. It is impressive to see, both from the outside and from the inside.
The ticket price to enter is € 5. Children up to 12 years old can visit it for free. There Sunday admission is free, but you must book through this link.
- times I'm:
- Monday to Saturday: 10am to 00pm.
- Sundays and holidays: from 15:00 to 18:00.
La Royal Chapel of Granada it is a temple located next to the Cathedral. Inside, there is the mausoleum with the mortal remains of the gods Catholic King Fernando de Aragón and Isabel de Castilla, as well as other members of the dynasty of the time.
To visit the Capilla Real, the time is:
- Monday to Saturday: 10am to 15pm.
- Sundays and holidays: from 11:00 to 18:00.
The ticket price is 5 €. Children up to 12 years old can enter for free. The Wednesday admission is free from 14:30 to 18:30 but you must book through this link.
- Tour of the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel
Very close to the Cathedral is the Alcaicería. It is an area dedicated to the shops ofGranada artigianato. Jewelery, books, decorative objects and much more, all in the beautiful and colorful Arabic style. Even if you don't want to buy anything, a walk in this area is a must.
One of the most typical things to do in Granada is to have an Arabic tea along with some pastries. There Calderería Nueva Street is the best known for living this experience. The aromas of this street will take you back to the past Arab period.
In the heart of the Albaycin district, el Mirador de San Nicolás is one of the treasures of Granada. The beauty of this viewpoint is difficult to explain. THE best views of the Alhambra you can admire them from here. In addition to spectacular views of the city and the Sierra Nevada.
Beautiful throughout the day, but definitely of a special atmosphere at the time the sun goes down. If you have the opportunity, go and visit it in the late afternoon. It will surely be full of people and artists playing guitar. An experience not to be missed!
And if, taking a tour in the Albaycin neighborhood, you feel immersed in the Andalusian spirit, you could always attend a flamenco show in this area.
El Mirador is obviously high up, so you have to do a nice climb to get there. The most comfortable option is to take the pullman from Plaza Nueva (C1). If you still have energy, the walk to get there on foot is very nice, but keep in mind that it is always "cuesta arriba".
Other very typical things to do in Granada is to attend a Flamenco show in the Sacromonte. This neighborhood is very characteristic, known as the birthplace of flamenco in Granada. The peculiarity of this area of the city are the "Cave Houses" (Grotte del Sacromonte).
You can get to Sacromonte from the center by taking the pullman C2 da Plaza Nueva.
If you decide to live this experience, we recommend this flamenco show in the Sacromonte.
The bars in Granada are very famous. The reason is that when you have a drink, they offer you one tapa already included in the price. Whether in the center or in the Albaycín area, you cannot leave the city without taking a nice tapas tour. Maybe you might even discover the other Alhambra, beer!