9 things to see and do in Granada in a weekend

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9 things to see and do in Granada in a weekend
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Published: 10th July 2020, 6:16pm

Monumental, full of history and legends, very charming and simply wonderful. Read our suggestions on what to see in Granada through a weekend and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.

The essence of Al-Andalus and one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. At some point in your life, you must visit this Andalusian wonder. And we dare you to repeat! Each trip through Granada will reveal different details and perceptions of a city that leaves no one indifferent.

The Alhambra

Inimitable and incomparable. There are no words to describe the beauty, harmony and peace that each of its rooms inspires, the geometric details, the gardens and the incessant sound of water. A true testament of the best that Mankind is capable of delivering to the world. The Alhambra is not a single building, it is practically a citadel that housed the court of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada. Don’t miss a thing, not a detail, not a watermark, not a room. Nothing! The Generalife, the Palace of Carlos V, the Alcazaba and the magnificent Nasrid Palaces. And the most famous room in this complex, the Patio de Los Leones, is inescapable.

Alleys of the Albaicín

The first time you set foot in the alleys of this old Arab neighbourhood of white houses on a hot summer day, you’ll feel the heat bounce off the housing walls. Remember to bring plenty of water with you, or choose to visit at a fresher time of day. take a night tour of Granada discovering the best corners of the Albaicín illuminated, putting on your boots with the richest caps and not worrying about the map.

The neighbourhood represents a unique and well-preserved sample of Spanish-Muslim architecture from the medieval period. It is a place to relax, to walk its alleys and discover viewpoints that do not come in any guide. You cannot leave here without enjoying the night views of the Alhambra.

The Cathedral of Granada and the Royal Tombs

Go through its Renaissance portal to discover a beautiful temple dedicated to Santa María de la Encarnación. The gigantic classical columns that adorn the entire main floor are very impressive. And, in addition to the countless chapels, you cannot miss a visit to the Royal Chapel. The place where the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs, Juana la Loca and Felipe el Hermoso lie.

The Darro Carrera

Next to the Paseo de los Tristes, it is a place to enjoy and explore with tranquility at different times of the day. The Darro Carrera (Road) runs parallel to the Darro river, separates the two most important places in Granada: The Alhambra and the Albaicín neighborhood. It has a romantic, vintage and bohemian air accentuated by the presence of historical buildings of the stature of the convent of Santa Catalina de Zafra, the Casa de Castril or the Arab Baths.

The Arab Public Baths

A real Arab bath, old, with history, with soul or a whim for the senses. And it is that Granada holds the title of having the oldest Arab baths in Spain, specifically the baths of the Bañuelo from the 11th century. And we don’t stray too far. They are in the same Carrera del Darro. There is also a 21st-century version of this ancient arab public bath. This is the Hammam Al Ándalus baths. The facilities are amazing and you can take advantage of its nighttime schedule from 22:00 to recover from the hustle and bustle of the day.

Realejo Neighbourhood

Resting at the foot of the Alhambra. This neighbourhood is as calm and beautiful as the Albaicín and allows to enjoy great sunsets. The former home of the Jews of Granada, the Realejo neighbourhood exudes beauty and elegance. From its main square and heart of the area, Campo de Príncipe, you must start your walk through its maze of steep alleys or in search of the most beautiful monuments, such as the Casa de Los Tiros or the Corrala de Santiago.


There are few places in Spain with a tapas culture like Granada. There are many tapas bars in Granada, but if you happen to be visiting the Albaicín take note of these: the Minotauro, La Antigualla II, La Bella y la Bestia II or Casa Julio. 

Sacromonte Abbey

Another of the legendary neighbourhoods of Granada, the cradle of the gipsies from Granada and where flamenco is religion. There is a lot of art in this neighbourhood and you definitely should look out for the flamenco shows here. The Sacromonte neighbourhood is made up of dozens of caves carved out of the rock and the Sacromonte Abbey, famous for housing the leaden books with the martyrdom of the Apostle Santiago and the Holy Caves.


The San Nicolás viewpoint is the most emblematic of the city. Always full of people and with a good atmosphere, this balcony will give us the best views of the Alhambra. The viewpoint of Los Caravajales and the viewpoint of San Cristóbal, both in Albaicín. In fact, this neighbourhood features many bars and restaurants with incredible views. Drinking will not come cheap but it is worth it! We should not end this chapter without mentioning the views from the Carmen de los Mártires garden, trust us! Go visit and then tell us what you think.

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