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3 Days in Granada

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In three days, you can easily see most of Granada's main sights, as well as some of the lesser-known ones. This guide includes one day in the city, a day at the majestic Alhambra Palace, and a day trip out to the Alpujarra villages of Granada province.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

16 Places

6 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

La Tienda-Libreria de la Alhambra

Gift & Speciality Shops

The Alhambra

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Castles

Hammam Al Andalus Granada

Historic Sites, Spas

Calle Navas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Escudo 11

Restaurants

Day 2

Cathedral and Royal Chapel

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites

La Madraza

Historic Sites

Casa de Zafra

Speciality Museums

Casa Pasteles

Restaurants

Mirador de San Nicolas

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

El Corral del Carbon

Architectural Buildings

Asador Corrala del Carbon

Restaurants

Day 3

Lanjaron

Destinations

Pampaneira

Destinations

Cafe Europa

Restaurants

Abuela ili chocolate

Gift & Speciality Shops

piccavey's City Tips

  • Granada is a city for walking. The distances are short and you'll see more on foot. However, there are some hills, and cobblestoned streets, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Some steep hills will need good footwear. Smooth marble floors may be slippery too.
  • Granada is hot in summertime so be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat.
  • Book your Alhambra tickets ahead of your trip. As soon as you have the dates make your ticket reservation online.
  • Going out for evening drinks, with which you are often served free tapas, is a popular pastime in Granada (and a great way to have an inexpensive meal or snack!).
  • The evenings can cool down temperatures dramatically. Carry a light jacket or shawl with you.
    Day 1
  • La Tienda-Libreria de la Alhambra
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    piccavey Says:

    Located just off Plaza Nueva, La Tienda-Libreria de la Alhambra is a small shop full of interesting books about Granada and the Alhambra — as well as some beautiful souvenirs. It is also an information point where you can pick up Alhambra tickets and find out general details for your visit.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Favorite buys: biscuits shaped like the Alhambra tiles and a scent diffuser with myrtle perfume (to make your home smell like the Nasrid Palaces).
    • The shop sells a variety of children's books.
    • There is another shop like this inside Palacio Carlos V, within the Alhambra complex itself.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 60 Shopping in Granada
    • Great bookstore with Very HELPFUL staff 15/10/2018
    • First Rate Store, with a Wide Range of Tasteful Souvenirs and Books 20/11/2017
    • La Tienda-Libreria de la Alhambra
    Address:
    Calle Reyes Catolicos Numero 40
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 78 46
    Other:
  • The Alhambra
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Castles
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    piccavey Says:

    Keeping watch over the city from its point atop the hill, this imposing UNESCO monument is the focal point of Granada and an obligatory stop on any itinerary. First mentioned in the 9th century, the vast fortress-palace complex is the stuff of legend, and its grounds thoroughly inspiring. On a visit, you'll weave through the Nasrid Palaces, which weave natural elements (space, light, water...) with wall carvings so intricate and delicate you wouldn't be remiss in thinking they were lace. The Generalife gardens are a tranquil oasis, and there are impressive views to be had from the Alcazaba fort too.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pay a little extra for the audio guide. It will enhance your visit and is available in many languages.
    • Book the full visit, including the Generalife and Alcazaba.
    • You will need around 5 hours to see the whole of the monument.
    • Arrive to the Alhambra at least 30 minutes before the time printed on your ticket.
    • Eat at Hotel America inside the complex or in the Jardines de Alberto which is opposite the main entrance.
    • If you're buying tickets in person, note that the ticket office accepts cash only.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A truely great experience 15/12/2018
    • The Alhambra 14/12/2018
    • The Alhambra
    Address:
    Palacio de Carlos V
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    958 027 971
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 23:30
    Other:
  • Hammam Al Andalus Granada
    Historic Sites, Spas
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    piccavey Says:

    After a day of walking around the Alhambra, a little relaxation is in order, and a nice long soak seems just the ticket. The most atmospheric of Granada's Arab Baths, Hamman Al Andalus is also a genuinely historic site. The building dates back to the 13th or 14th century, and was initially a bathhouse and well, before becoming a bakery under Spanish rule. In 1998, it was restored to its former bathhouse glory, and now features rounded arches and colorful mosaics around its hot and cold pools.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Tradition is to alternate between soaks in the hot, warm, and cold pools. The cold pool can feel like a shock to the system, but plunge ahead — it's worth it!
    • Spring for the Bath and Al Ándalus Ritual. It's only slightly more money, and the massage is a great addition to a soak.
    • Make reservations in advance. Check the website for details.
    • Before or after your visit, head across the river to wander around El Banuelo. Although no longer in use, the 11th-century baths are the oldest civic building in Granada.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 23 Spas & Wellness in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magical setting 14/12/2018
    • The Absolute Highlight of our Granada Experience 12/12/2018
    • Hammam Al Andalus Granada
    Address:
    Calle Santa Ana 16
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 99 78
    Other:
  • Calle Navas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    piccavey Says:

    From 8pm onwards, head to the busy Calle Navas, a street packed with tapas restaurants and bars.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Keep on walking to Calle Rosario at the very end, where you'll find the more modern bars.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 186 things to do in Granada
    • Nice hotel, shame about the noise 04/10/2018
    • Way too touristy! 25/05/2018
    • Calle Navas
    Other:
  • Escudo 11
    Restaurants (Spanish)
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    piccavey Says:

    Situated in Granada's Realejo area, Escudo 11 is a smart bar with a fun atmosphere and tasty drinks. The sushi is excellent here as well, if you find yourself in need of more food after tapa-hopping.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Gin and Tonic selection is vast. Try a few!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #531 of 1,435 restaurants in Granada
    • Best G&T in Grenada 03/04/2016
    • Top notch cocktails 05/11/2015
    • Escudo 11
    Address:
    Calle Escudo del Carmen 11
    Calle Escudo Del Carmen, 11
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 18 06
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    16:00 - 02:30
  • Day 2
  • Cathedral and Royal Chapel
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites
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    piccavey Says:

    Granada Cathedral was built between 1526-1561. The vast Baroque building is stunning, with intricate details throughout, particularly on the altar and in its metalwork. The adjoining Royal Chapel was commissioned by Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, who are interred in the crypt beneath marble monuments.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The visit is self guided, so you can take as long as you want to explore.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Massive! 12/12/2018
    • Beautiful Cathedral: a must along with Royal chapel 12/12/2018
    • Cathedral and Royal Chapel
    Address:
    Calle Oficios S/N
    Plaza de la Lonja
    18001 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 29 59
    Other:
  • La Madraza
    Historic Sites
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    piccavey Says:

    Founded in 1349, La Madraza was one of the most important universities of the Islamic world. Though much of the original building was demolished to build a Boroque Catholic palace, the architects kept the stunning old oratory (or mirhab), and today the building is part of Granada University.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You will only need 45 mins to visit this monument.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 11/12/2018
    • Easily missed, well worth popping in 10/12/2018
    • La Madraza
    Address:
    Calle Oficios
    Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 24 34 84
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Casa de Zafra
    Speciality Museums
    piccavey Says:

    A stunning historic building at the base of the Alhambra, Casa de Zafra opened in 2014 as an information center for the Albaicín, Granada's Moorish quarter. Featuring information panels, videos, and interactive displays, the center provides a fascinating and informative introduction to the UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Use Casa de Zafra as a starting point for your exploration of the Albaicín.
    • Pay as much attention to the architecture as to the exhibits — this is a beautiful example of traditional Moorish architecture.
    • Don't forget to check out the magnificent original murals.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 186 things to do in Granada
    • A Small Museum 14/10/2018
    • Wander through the Past 13/09/2018
    • Casa de Zafra
    Address:
    Pc de La Concepcion 8
    18010 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 18 00 79
    Other:
  • Casa Pasteles
    Restaurants (Cafe, Spanish)
    piccavey Says:

    Set in Plaza Larga, at the heart of the Albaicín, Casa Pasteles has been delighting locals with delicious coffee and pastries since 1928. A charming atmosphere and vibrant 'buzz' make it an ideal place to rest your feet and watch the surrounding scene.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The toilet is usually locked. Ask at the counter for the key.
    • Try the Pionono cake, a typical Granada sweet.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #179 of 1,435 restaurants in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Local haunt - Traditional breakfast 29/10/2018
    • Great hot chocolate 07/04/2018
    • Casa Pasteles
    Address:
    Plaza Larga, Albayzin
    18010 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 27 89 97
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Mirador de San Nicolas
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    piccavey Says:

    Once you have visited the Alhambra and seen the Albaicín from within the palace, the view of the Alhambra palace from the Albaicín will complete the picture. The best view can be enjoyed from Mirador de San Nicolas, a beautiful park that offers incredible vistas of both the fortress and the city below.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hike up the hill from Plaza Nueva or take the red bus C1 or C2 from Gran Via.
    • This is a lovely spot to watch the sunset.
    • The maze-like streets of the Albaicín can be confusing are a notorious haunt of pickpockets. Keep an eye on your belongings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 186 things to do in Granada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fave spot in Granada 13/12/2018
    • Sunset Visit 10/12/2018
    • 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:
  • El Corral del Carbon
    Architectural Buildings
    See more photos
    piccavey Says:

    The oldest monument in Granada, the 14th-century Corral del Carbon was originally used as a warehouse and inn for merchants. After the Spanish conquest, it became a playhouse, and later was acquired and restored by the government.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can enjoy theater and Flamenco performances here during the summer.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 186 things to do in Granada
    • Worth a Quick Stop When in the Area 21/11/2018
    • Also stroll around the neighborhood 22/10/2018
    • El Corral del Carbon
    Address:
    Calle Mariana Pineda
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 59 90
    Other:
  • Asador Corrala del Carbon
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    piccavey Says:

    Asador Corrala del Carbon might not top the list for tapas, but specializing in roasted meats, it's a firm favorite with the local carnivore crowd. With a great list of local wines and a beautiful setting around a traditional Andalusian patio, it's not surprising that finding a table here can often be difficult.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Lagrimas de Boabdil, a dessert made of almonds and raspberry jam, is a must-try!
    • The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #575 of 1,435 restaurants in Granada
    • Must Bien! 02/06/2016
    • Friendly 29/05/2016
    • Asador Corrala del Carbon
    Address:
    Calle Mariana Pineda 8
    18009 Granada
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 958 22 38 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 16:30
    Mon - Sat
    20:00 - 00:00
  • Day 3
  • Lanjaron
    Destinations
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    piccavey Says:

    Carved into the Sierra Nevada, the famous Alpujarra white villages are stunning, and well worth a day trip. It was to this area — between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean — that the Moors fled when the Castilians took Granada in 1492, and though they were later flushed out of their last stronghold, the whitewashed Alpujarra villages still retain a traditional feel, with terraced gardens and flat-roofed houses. Lanjaron, the first village you encounter when traveling from Granada, has one of the world's longest life expectancies, supposedly due to its fresh mountain air, good food and pure water. Stop off here to drink from one of its magical water fountains, and visit its well-known spa facility, El Balneario de Lanjaron.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stock up on local honey, Granada wine or ham here. There are plenty of shops with lower prices than you'll find in Granada city.
    • Buses run from Granada to the Alpujarras, but there are only a few a day, so be sure to check the timetables in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Lanjaron
  • Pampaneira
    Destinations
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    piccavey Says:

    A little higher up in the Alpujarras, Pampaneira is perched just above the breathtaking Poqueira gorge. Here you can stroll, linger over a coffee on Plaza Libertad, the main square, or shop for local crafts like colorful ceramics and Alpujarran rugs.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Driving to the Alpujarras gives more freedom, but leave plenty of time for the return trip. Use the distance to Lanjaron (where motorway connects to Granada) as a marker location.
    • If you drive, consider stopping off at O Sel Ling (Place of Clear Light), a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery established in 1980, with awe-inspiring views (open 3-6pm).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Pampaneira
  • Cafe Europa
    Restaurants (Cafe, Spanish)
    piccavey Says:

    Situated right at the entrance to Pampaneira, Cafe Europa has outdoor tables and a good selection of food and drinks. The owner is very friendly and helpful too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • In summer, ask for the lemon granizado. It's homemade with grated lemon rind, and it really refreshes on a hot day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 13 restaurants in Pampaneira
    • Nice 11/01/2017
    • Good Chocolate and Churros 30/11/2016
    • Cafe Europa
    Address:
    Plaza de La Libertad 3
    18411 Pampaneira
    Spain
  • Abuela ili chocolate
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    piccavey Says:

    A little bit of heaven, Abuela Ili is a sweet factory that makes and sells chocolate bars featuring fresh local produce like raspberries, figs and oranges. You can peek through the windows and watch them making magic, and then sample and by their delicious creations in the connecting shop.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • I love the selection packs, which contain 3 or 4 different chocolate flavors. They make great gifts (if you can stand to part with them!).
    • In summer, they also make their own ice cream.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Pampaneira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Chocolate shop 09/10/2018
    • Lovely wee place 02/09/2018
    • Abuela ili chocolate
    Address:
    Plaza de La Libertad 1
    18411 Pampaneira
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 658 88 67 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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