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Guide to Granada Outdoors

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Granada is a city located in the middle of a beautiful natural landscape. With the Sierra Nevada National Park and great hiking routes from the city, you will never feel that you are enclosed in a city at all.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Sierra Nevada

Mountains

Rafting SaltaRios

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Kayaking & Canoeing

Mirador de San Nicolas

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

Carrera del Darro

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Corral del Carbon

Architectural Buildings

Plaza Bib-Rambla

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Alcaiceria

Flea & Street Markets

Teteria As Sirat

Restaurants

piccavey's City Tips

  • Granada is a walkable city, and walking is the best way to see the city. Take advantage and do most of your exploring on foot.
  • In summer, forest fires can be a problem if there hasn't been much rain. Thus, barbecues and camp fires are forbidden in summer months.
  • Granada is very hot in summer and cold in the autumn and winter.
  • Evenings tend to be cool all year round, especially in the higher points of the city.
  • Taxis are inexpensive, especially for 2-4 people.
  • The city bus system, run by Transportes Rober, is a helpful way to get to the Alhambra or to bus or train stations.
  • Sierra Nevada
    Mountains
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    piccavey Says:

    Situated in the southern quarter of the Sierra Nevada and stretching out toward the Mediterranean, The Alpujarra is famous for its singular 'mini-ecology.' Here, terraced farmlands that regularly receive the water from melting snow above, form a rare oasis of high-altitude greenery. The Alpujarra villages are equally unique. A last stronghold of the Moors after the Castillans conquered Granada in 1492, they retain their traditional Berber architecture, more commonly found in the mountains of Morocco.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take your camera to capture the stunning landscapes you will see on your day out.
    • This is ideal hiking terrain for adventurous travelers, but be sure to wear layers — the average altitude is 4,000 feet above sea level.
    • Camping is a fun way to experience the area — bring along a tent and well-padded sleeping bags, plus plenty of warm layers, as it will get cold at night.
    • Snow-shoeing in the region is just as fun as hiking.
    • Several tour companies offer guided excursions to the area, which some might prefer.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,145 of 3,624 things to do in Andalucia
    • We hiked the mountains every other Sunday for 6 months, beautiful and varied! 23/07/2019
    • Amazing! 21/04/2019
    Other:
  • Rafting SaltaRios
    Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Kayaking & Canoeing
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    piccavey Says:

    From kayaking and whitewater rafting to canyoning and bungee jumping, SaltaRios always has something going on. The fun folks here find the best areas of Granada province and show outdoor and adventure enthusiasts a good time!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • RioVerde Canyoning is a great day out for groups and families during summertime. There are different levels of difficulty depending on your group's ability.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 14 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome day with an awesome guide 23/10/2018
    • Canyoning rio verde 19/09/2018
    • Rafting SaltaRios
    Phone:
    +34 696 11 08 07
    Price range:
    US$53 - US$53
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Mirador de San Nicolas
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    piccavey Says:

    Perched in the Albaicín, directly opposite the Alhambra, this large square offers stunning views of the city. Mirador de San Nicolas is an ideal photo spot, as the perspective takes in just about everything, including the land surrounding the Alhambra, the Sacromonte, and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sunset is an especially magical time to visit.
    • Keep a close eye on your belongings in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 195 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good view, but crowded 12/03/2020
    • Beautiful views 12/03/2020
    • Mirador de San Nicolas
    Address:
    Calle Espaldas a San Nicolas s/n
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 53 96 97
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Carrera del Darro
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    piccavey Says:

    Running along the river of the same name, cobblestoned Carrerra del Darro is not only one of Granada's oldest streets, but one of its most scenic as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stop off at El Banuelo to see this historic Arab bathhouse halfway up the street.
    • Take in the views with a drink in the large terrace area on Paseo de los Tristes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 195 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect 08/02/2020
    • Christmas Day Walk 10/01/2020
    • Carrera del Darro
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  • Corral del Carbon
    Architectural Buildings
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    piccavey Says:

    Corral del Carbon is one of my favorite places in the city of Granada. Dating back to the 14th century, the building was originally used as a warehouse and inn for merchants and later coal dealers (hence the name). Today, it houses government offices, and occasional outdoor preformances (theater, Flamenco...) take place here in summer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • To see Flamenco here, visit in July or August.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 195 things to do in Granada
    • Nice to See 06/01/2020
    • Worth a visit as part of a tour of Granada 15/11/2019
    • Corral del Carbon
    Address:
    Calle Mariana Pineda
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 59 90
    Other:
  • Plaza Bib-Rambla
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    piccavey Says:

    Located next to the main commercial area and just below the Cathedral, Plaza de Bib-rambla has always been a popular gathering spot. Lined with cafés and restaurants, the square is also a hub for a variety of markets and festivals throughout the year. But no matter what is happening here, it's a great spot to watch the world go by.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is a good spot to enjoy traditional "Churros con Chocolate,'' goodness dipped in thick hot chocolate — great for breakfast or an afternoon snack (5:30-7:30pm).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 195 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The main square in town. 16/01/2020
    • Granada! 10/01/2020
    • Plaza Bib-Rambla
  • Alcaiceria
    Flea & Street Markets
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    piccavey Says:

    Shooting up from the Royal Chapel and Bib-rambla Square, the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Alcaiceria are home to Arab-style bazaars. The only remaining portion of the former bazaars, which once extended from Plaza Bib-Rambla to Plaza Nueva, they are reminiscent of the city's history and brimming with leather goods, Arab teapots, and beautiful colored glass lamps.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • These streets can get busy, so make sure that you keep your phone and wallet secure if crowded.
    • On these streets, especially near the Cathedral, local gitanas (gypsy women) are likely to approach asking to read your palm. Avoid them, as they will want money from you.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 195 things to do in Granada
    • Colorful Souk 26/03/2020
    • Just like Morocco 17/03/2020
    • Alcaiceria
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Teteria As Sirat
    Restaurants (Moroccan, Middle Eastern)
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    piccavey Says:

    The streets of Calle Caldereria Nueva and Caldereria Vieja form a 'V' shape and are full of Arab tea shops. Choose one of them, and then simply enjoy an authentic Moroccan mint tea with baklava pastries.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    Tips
    • You can find lots of delicious couscous options in this area of Granada. A good place to try this traditional Moroccan dish.
    • Don't be shy about purchasing some pastries to take home with you.
    • This is also a good area to smoke a hookah.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #648 of 1,545 restaurants in Granada
    • very good 03/12/2019
    • Maroko food 31/07/2019
    • Teteria As Sirat
    Address:
    Calle Caldereria Nueva 4
    18010 Granada
    Spain
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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