Things to do in
Granada

Come for the Alhambra, stay for the fascinating fusion of cultural traditions, ancient and modern alike.

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Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

1. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

2. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Discover the impressive architectural feat of Nasrid rulers, the Alhambra. At your own pace, meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra which are filled with fountains, hanging plants and paved pathways. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel at the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

3. Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets

Immerse yourself in Granada’s Andalusian Flamenco culture at a live performance in an authentic gypsy cave home. You’ll enjoy an uplifting 75-minute show performed by live dancers and musicians in one of Sacromonte's cave homes, a limestone dwelling that has been inhabited since the 15th century.  Since Cuevas Los Tarantos was founded in 1972, it has been providing locals and visitors with splendid Flamenco shows. You’ll experience Spain’s soul-stirring gift to the world of music, in the neighborhood that Flamenco calls home. Zambra is a nightly show held at Cuevas Los Tarantos and features a large cast of artists, including prominent figures in Granada’s Flamenco world. This ticket includes one free drink, if you would like to add to your experience you can order further beverages at the bar or dine on traditional Spanish cuisine. and revel in the splendor of Flamenco.

Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

4. Granada: Flamenco Show in La Alboreá

Enjoy a magical 1-hour Flamenco for show perfect for the whole family performed at a venue in the center of Granada. Benefit from a reserved seating area a large selection of local wines (available to purchase). Feel the passion vibrating off the dancers’ bodies and get ready to spend a perfect cultural night seeing in person a professional flamenco show, a tradition whose popularity started to grow in the 18th century.

Granada: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

5. Granada: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

Enjoy a relaxing Arabic tradition at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus, and experience the refreshing sensation of authentic hot, cold and warm steam rooms, fed by thermal waters. Bathing can be alternated with periods of relaxation in the relaxation room where you can sip on mint tea and unwind to soothing Andalusian music. Located at the foot of the Alhambra, behind the ancient mosque, now known as the Church of Santa Ana, Hammam Al Ándalus is dedicated to stress-free experiences. Move freely between the hot, warm and cold baths, recreating the original rhythm of an Andalusian Hammam. Top it all off in the steam room, which you can return to as often as you like between swims, and unwind in the rest room.

Granada: Sunset Walking Tour in Albaicín & Sacromonte

6. Granada: Sunset Walking Tour in Albaicín & Sacromonte

Choose from a private or shared tour and visit some of the most emblematic quarters of Granada. No trip to Granada is complete without having visited the Albaicín and Sacromonte. Pass through Albaicín, protected as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Also known as the old Muslim Quarter, it contains labyrinthine streets through which you will discover the fascinating world of Al-Andalus, and enjoy the famous landscape of Granada from San Nicolás' viewpoint. Next on your journey, head to the Sacromonte Quarter, which contains more than 3,000 caves and panoramic views from hidden areas. While you are here, make sure to take the best pictures of Granada from this amazing valley. On your tour, you will also pass through significant sites of Granda, such as the Plaza Nueva, Placeta de San Gregorio, and Casa Enrique Morente, all of which are perfectly suited for snapping some stunning photos to show your friends and family.

Granada: Flamenco Show in Albaycin

7. Granada: Flamenco Show in Albaycin

Experience the flamenco culture of southern Spain at an atmospheric tablao in Granada’s Albaycín neighborhood, just minutes from the San Nicolás viewpoint. Take your seats for the show, consisting of several different palos (flamenco styles), from the soleá to an alegría. Watch as 2 dancers are accompanied by a passionate flamenco singer, a guitar player, and a percussionist.

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

8. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

Uncover the beauty of the millenary city, Granada, with the help of a local guide on a bilingual tour in Spanish and English.  Visit some of the most emblematic monuments including the Alhambra – the palatial home of the ancient Arabic royalty. A monumental sight, the complex incorporates El Generalife, the summer residence of the sultans, the Nasrid palaces and La Alcazaba, which served as the military zone of the citadel. While absorbing the architecture your designated guide will fill you in on the intricate history of this legendary location. Proceed down into the heart of the city, via the Puerta de la Justicia, the arched gateway that was built in the 14th century. 

Alhambra Night Tour: Carlos V Palace, Generalife and Gardens

9. Alhambra Night Tour: Carlos V Palace, Generalife and Gardens

Explore the Alhambra fortress and lavish Generalife Gardens with your official guide. See hundreds of years of Granada's Moorish history as you explore this monumental site overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited attractions in the world. Discover the history of this amazing monument under the stars, with special night access.  Learn all about the history of the Nasrid Kingdom through its architecture and the symbology, seen throughout the fortress and gardens. Learn the significance of water in this complex and relax in Generalife Gardens, an evergreen paradise.

Granada: Sierra Nevada Guided Safari

10. Granada: Sierra Nevada Guided Safari

Discover some of the best views of the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding Granada, and enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the old city from secret viewpoints. On the tour, drive along trails that date back over a thousand years, from the time of the Visigods and the Arabs. Following pickup from Granada city center, travel by 4WD vehicle towards the towering peaks of the nearby mountains north of the city. They soar to altitudes of more than 6,700 feet (2,000 meters), and remain snow-capped for much of the year. Explore the north face of the Sierra Nevada to see the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, climbing to heights of more than 3,000 meters. Marvel at the amazing landscape, before driving to Sierra de Huétor Natural Park. The mountains here are lower, and were used by the Moors to draw spring water for the Albaicín, now part of Granada. See some old fortifications from the days of the Spanish Civil War, and enjoy incredible views of Granada and the Sierra Nevada. Finally, visit a typical Andalusian restaurant where you can enjoy drinks, snacks, or a meal (costs not included).

Frequently asked questions about Granada

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Granada?

    With so much to see and do, a two-night minimum is recommended, but if you stay for three nights you'll see the sights without becoming too exhausted!

  • Book tickets to The Alhambra in advance

    You should buy tickets in advance to save waiting time and to guarantee entry, as spots are limited and sell out throughout the year!

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the most pleasant, offering warm, sunny days!

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What people are saying about Granada

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 52,735 reviews

The Alhambra is always busy, but our bus beat the others, making it better for us. You choose between 4 different pickup locations. The tour company contacted us with the exact pickup time the day before. The drive takes about 3 hours, but the bus has comfortable seats for sleeping and big windows for the views. Halfway through the drive, there's a stop for restrooms and breakfast. After the rest stop, the guide gave us info about Spain and the things we were passing. When we arrived at Alhambra, the bus guide gave us clear directions and her contact info, before sending us with a different guide through the complex. Be sure to ask this guide for a brief history of Granada. At the end of the Alhambra tour, we rejoined our bus guide for 1 hour free time in Albaicin and then a 20 minute guided tour of Albaicin, including the viewpoint for the Alhambra. Then we headed back to Seville. The driver gave us info about the 4 drop-off locations (the same as the pickup), so you can choose

This private taxi and private tour was the best! Our driver (Jose) tailored our drive to our interests (lookout point [Placeta de S. Nicolás] and great espresso) and allotted time for us to visit city center. Bring a taxi allowed us to enter otherwise restricted areas. Our tour guide (Jose Francisco)of the Alhambra was extremely knowledgeable (everyone of my many questions was answered) and accommodating to our interests. He allowed some decisions for our itinerary. I take a lot of photos (used 2 batteries) and Jose showed us where to get the best shots. This tour is expensive but worth every penny. It was the highlight of our visit.

Beautiful place to visit, our second time and just as interesting. Easy ticket option if you don’t want a guided tour

Plan your trip in advance of travelling, to take out much of the guess work and worry. Trust the professionals!

Un excelente tour y una guía muy profesional y preparada… Altamente recomendable!