Sitting in Spain’s Andalucia region, Granada is rich in history and culture with its Moorish heritage that dates back more than 700 years. From flamenco shows to cathedrals, castles and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Granada’s scenic landscape and picture-perfect alleyways lure all travellers.
Things to do in Granada
Set against the snow-capped Sierra Nevada peaks, Alhambra is an atmospheric fortified palace complex. Wander the grounds to see the 14th-century Palacios Nazaries, home to royal chambers, serene courtyards and the gorgeous Generalife gardens.
Walk the narrow, winding streets that line the Albayzin to find white-washed buildings, scenic gardens and quaint courtyards. Head to Plaza de San Nicolas to capture stunning views of Alhambra or explore the historic neighbourhood and its Arabic restaurants, tea shops and bakeries.
For some serious shopping, head to the Alcaiceria market. Explore its passageways to find anything from postcards and flamenco dresses to Moroccan goods, such as tapestries, stained-glass lamps and leather bags. A former bazaar established by the Moors, it initially served as a hub for silk making.
Outdoor enthusiasts can spend a day hiking or skiing at Sierra Nevada National Park, the largest national park in Spain. Featuring one of Europe’s tallest mountains, the park is a great place to explore lakes, rivers and forests while spotting local wildlife, such as mountain goats.
Getting around Granada
Most attractions in Granada can be reached on foot from the city centre, while a well-connected bus system also services the city. Malaga Airport is around 1.5 hours away by car, while regular buses connect Granada to Seville, Malaga, Madrid and Cordoba.