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Plan Your Granada Holiday: Best of Granada

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Granada is one of the most charming cities in Europe. It’s home to the Alhambra, the famous Moorish palace and fortress that sits in the centre of the city, complete with grand archways and delicate ornamental mosaics. Step backward in time as you wind through the ascending cobblestone streets of Albayzin. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful views from the Mirador San Nicolas. Old-world bars dot the hillside, serving local tapas like flavorful paella, cold gazpacho, and cured ham. Granada’s nightlife is always buzzing, thanks in part to its student population. Hit the bars of Calle Elvira or, for a quieter outing, the traditional tea rooms of La Calle de Las Teterias. Ready to be charmed? We’ve got more recs below.
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Essential Granada

How to do Granada in 2 days

A cliffside palace, tantalizing tapas, and flamenco cave performances
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Where to find the best views in Granada

Sunset is an event in Granada. On my first trip here, I joined the crowds at the miradors—scenic overlooks—to take in views of the Alhambra. This hilltop fortress, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, catches the last light of the day. I had seen photos, but nothing can compare to the real deal. Here are some of my favourite views in this Andalusian city.
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  • The Alhambra
    For the most sweeping views of Granada, you need to take a trip up to the Alhambra. First of all, its mix of Islamic and Christian architecture makes it one of the most distinctive structures in Spain. But its sky-high location means you’ll get the most incredible view of Granada’s Albayzin neighbourhood. From the walls of the fortress you’ll look down at the white-washed carmens (rustic homes) standing in neat rows.
  • Mirador de San Nicolas
    With its narrow and twisting streets, you won’t want to miss a stroll around the Albayzin. This neighbourhood has a number of miradors that give you great views across to the Alhambra. Personally, I loved the view from Mirador de San Nicolás. Standing here, you begin to understand the massive scale of the Alhambra. I walked up the hill, but you can also take a bus or taxi. Join the crowds for the sunset views!
  • Palacio de Santa Ines
    Close to Carrera del Darro, one of Granada’s oldest streets, Hotel Palacio de Santa Ines has an unbeatable location. Combining two buildings from the 16th century, it blends many of the city’s cultural influences. Rooms have tiled floors, beamed ceilings, and wooden windows that open to catch the breeze. The lobby is in what would have been one of the central courtyards, and you can look up through the glass roof to see the Alhambra.
  • Mirador San Miguel Alto
    About a 20-minute walk from the Albayzin, Mirador San Miguel Alto is the highest point in all of Granada. It sits so high up that you’ll see over the Alhambra to the more modern parts of the city on the other side. While a bus or taxi can get you close to the viewpoint, you still have to scramble up a steep dirt path. Stay after sunset so you can watch the lights of the city begin to glow.
  • Restaurante Carmen El Agua
    If you’re looking for a special night out, book a table at Carmen El Agua. Located in the Albayzin, this restaurant revs up the romance with tables for two scattered about the open-air terrace. The view, of course, is the Alhambra. The menu, featuring dishes like octopus carpaccio with bits of pistachios, definitely has a wow-factor. It gets busy most evenings, so if you can’t secure a dinner booking, drop by for lunch.
  • Hotel Arabeluj
    If you don’t mind being a little outside Granada, the Moorish-style Hotel Arabeluj is the perfect place to stay. There are only 12 rooms, but each of them has views overlooking the Sierra Madre mountains and reddish roofs of the city. There’s even a small bar whose views are hard to beat. Parking is hit or miss in the area, so you may want to look into a car park.
  • B·Heaven Granada
    In the Barceló Carmen Granada, this rooftop bar has views extending in every direction. If you happen to be staying at the hotel, you can take advantage of those views while swimming in the infinity pool. Even if you’re not, it’s worth swinging by this trendy spot for the bar menu full of cocktail and mocktail options, many of them using lush fruits and botanicals. For seats along the rail, book in advance of time.