Visit Granada in Spain and where to stay in Granada

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Looking for information for visit Granada (Spain)? To know where to sleep in granada being a stone's throw from the must-sees of Granada but also in the heart of the lively Granada neighborhood? Where to go out in Granada? How to get to Granada from Seville or Malaga? In this article, I give you everything you need to know for a successful stay in Granada.




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  • A small section of the history of the city of Granada
  • What to visit in Granada with GoogleMaps to easily find your way?
  • Where to sleep in Granada and where to go out in Granada?
  • How to get to Granada from Seville or get to Granada from Malaga?
  • Interested in a guided tour of the Alhambra? Get in touch with Lola, Antonio or Marco who offer guided tours to the Alhambra but also to Granada (Cathedral, Royal Chapel ...), but my favorite is their guided tour of the Sacromonte and Albayzin neighborhood (and to contact them if necessary), and for a group visit.
  • For a group visit, therefore cheaper, remember to check if the visit is

Does a guided tour of the Alhambra or Granada offered by Lola, Antonio and Marco tempt you? and contact them if necessary, and for a group visit (therefore cheaper, it depends on the number of people, you decide to compare).




1) History of Granada

Granada was the capital of the last Muslim kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula. The Iberian Peninsula is simply the extreme southwest of Europe, and therefore the westernmost part of this continent, that is, Spain and Portugal. The origin of the city of Granada is surrounded by legends that have made Granada a magical city.


Granada is a cultural and very touristy place, it is also well known for hosting the famous Alhambra palace. It is a must see, a magical visit that you should not miss.

The city of Granada is divided into several districts, but these are the four "old towns" that should not be missed during its visit the granada:

  • The Sacromonte neighborhood, which is located behind the walls of Albayzin and whose inhabitants are of gypsy origin. Go there for a night of flamenco in the open air or see the famous caves.
  • Lola, Antonio and Marco (French-speaking guide) offer a guided tour of the Sacromonte and Albayzin neighborhoods but also of the essential Alhambra (and contact them if necessary).

The Sacromonte neighborhood is a gypsy and trendy neighborhood. But this district is also famous for its inhabited caves. Many caves have been used as a popular place. We are going to dance, socialize and listen to flamenco. to see reviews on TripAdvisor.

  • The Centro Sagrario district. It is the urban area of ​​Christian origin that extends below the cathedral and the royal chapel (where the remains of the Catholic Monarchs rest).
  • The Albayzín (or Albaicín) neighborhood is a neighborhood where it is good to walk. It is located on a hill in front of the Alhambra. Don't miss a visit to the Mirador de Saint Nicolas.
  • Realejo-San Matías neighborhood (in the middle of the map). This is the Jewish quarter.
  • And of course the Alhambra neighborhood, but it's not really a neighborhood ...
  • Get in touch with a guide like Antonio, Marco and Lola for a tailor-made guided tour of Granada or the Alhambra!
  •  for a group visit to the Alhambra (check that the visit is correct.

At the crossroads of cultures, a sometimes bloody place where various civilizations coexist, inheriting multiple traditions, Granada attracts tens of thousands of tourists from all continents every year.





There the heritage of the Islamic period is omnipresent. These mysterious streets, its architecture, the large number of tea houses recall its Arab past.



2) Visit Granada

Located just 120 km from Malaga, 250 km from Seville and 200 km from Córdoba, Granada is one of the wonders of Andalusia. Regarding the climate, know that the winters in Granada are cold and the summers are hot, very hot! It is not uncommon for it to exceed 35 degrees.

It is from the Albayzín neighborhood (the Arab neighborhood, the tourist neighborhood), that you can admire the most beautiful view of the Alhambra. The best view is in Plaza San Nicolás.

The city has a great cultural activity and its dynamism can be appreciated throughout the year. Granada is a city on the move.

The art of tapas is known in Granada, and when you have a drink you will have a tapa offered by the house. Know that the Serra Nevada natural park contains one of the best ski resorts.

  • Come on, what to visit in Granada?

Well, as I usually do, here is the GoogleMap - What to visit in Granada:

  • the Alhambra

Well, if you only have to see one thing in Granada, it is the Alhambra, you have no excuse! On the other hand, know that many people come to Granada, just to see the Alhambra. The Alhambra is more than 6000 visits per day ... Therefore it is preferable to get a skip-the-line ticket for the Alhambra.





Here are the different inputs:

  • A PRIVATE AND EXCLUSIVE guided tour of the entire Alhambra with Lola, Antonio and Marco who speak French: (and contact her if necessary).
  •  for a group visit to the Alhambra (check that the visit is correct.

There is no skipping the internet queues for the Alhambra, so travel agencies have come up with the idea of ​​offering entrance + audio guide, on the other hand it is expensive ... price is good to compare it with a real guided tour .. . it's up to you, whatever the case, here are the links:

  • Alhambra skip the line with audio guide (.
  • Visit of the Alhambra with audio guide (.
  • Le Pass Alhambra (.

Its gardens ...

Otherwise here what to visit in Granada:

  • The Museum of Fine Arts (Palace of Carlos V)

On the menu, Sevillian baroque paintings and Andalusian paintings from the XNUMXth century. In addition, they have an important collection of pieces by XNUMXth century artists.

  • A flamenco show in the Sacromonte caves

The Sacromonte neighborhood is a gypsy and trendy neighborhood. But this district is also famous for its inhabited caves. Many caves have been used as a popular place. We are going to dance, socialize and listen to flamenco. to see reviews on TripAdvisor.

Location: Granada del Albaicín

  • The Corral del Carbon

Built to be a caravanserai, it was first recycled to become a corn market, then a merchants' inn, then a coal sales place. It is a must see because it is the only Nasrid caravanserai that is preserved in Spain and today there are concerts and flamenco shows in its patio (in summer). See reviews on Tripadvisor.

Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 14 p.m. and from 18 p.m. to 21 p.m. Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 14 p.m. There is an information point inside, ask and don't miss a show.

  • Granada Cathedral

Built in the XNUMXth century, you have the Cathedral of Granada. Take a walk inside, it is really beautiful.

Open: From 10 a.m. to 13:30 p.m. and from 16 to 19 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 16:20 p.m. to 5:XNUMX p.m. Price: XNUMX €

  • The Royal Chapel

Located opposite the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel of Granada is the tomb of the Catholic Monarchs and Jeanne la Folle and Philipe le Beau.

Opening: 10:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m. And 16:19 to 5: XNUMX h. Price: € XNUMX

A guided tour offered by Lola? It offers a guided tour of Granada (Cathedral, Royal Chapel ...), but my favorite is its guided tour of the Sacromonte and Albayzin neighborhoods (.

  • Sierra Nevada

Not far from Granada (only 30km) you have the professional ski resort of Sierra Nevada.

  • Walk through the Albayzín neighborhood (or Albaicín)

It is located on a hill in front of the Alhambra, so get lost in its narrow streets. And don't forget to visit the Mirador de Saint Nicolas.

  • The Science Park

This park is recognized on a European scale. On the menu, planetarium, observatory and interactive museum. That is, the exhibitions are temporary, so find out. In short, it is so much fun and fun!

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 19 pm Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 15 pm. € 6 normal rate; € 5 reduced price; € 4,5 school

Price of admission to the planetarium: € 2,50 normal rate; € 2 reduced price; 2 € school

  • Arab baths

Right in the center of the city are the famous Arab baths “Hammam Al-Andalus” (music, atmosphere, temperature, decoration…). Why not end the day there?

In the menu you have access to 3 bathrooms: One at 36º, another at 40º, the last at 15º. It also has a Turkish bath and a quiet room where you can have tea. More info here.

A guided tour offered by Lola? It offers a guided tour of Granada (Cathedral, Royal Chapel ...), but my favorite is its guided tour of the Sacromonte and Albayzin neighborhoods (.

  • /! Where to park in Granada?

Do not try to cheat a seat, the police run a lot and they will surely fine you. In case you receive a fine, go to a EuroDator with your fine. Enter the ticket number and pay your ticket.

Be aware that there are surcharges if you don't pay the fine quickly. So don't wait because the bill is going up ...

3) Where to sleep in Granada

If you want to stay the night visit granada, I advise you to sleep in Granada. Here are some nice and well located addresses to spend a night in Granada but also to enjoy the city ...

Where to sleep in Granada

  • An excellent address with excellent value for money is the Arte Vida suite and spa, ideally located and not far from the Alhambra, in short, a must see!
  • The Anacapri is also an excellent address and a great location.
  • A study not bad and not very expensive according to the dates, the B-Suite. They often offer discounted prices.
  • The Alcaceira apartment, ideally located and very easy to find. Near the Cathedral.
  • Great value for money and a good location, the Inglaterra is a must see!

Otherwise I usually use apartment rentals between individuals, suddenly you have a kitchen, there is no time ... Anyway, I advise you to take a look! You have Airbnb.

  • An address close to the Alhambra?

Sleep in the Alhambra, in the magnificent Carmen de Manuel (the owner). This hotel / house is located on the hill of the Alhambra.

Suddenly, you have a magnificent view of Granada. Located 5 minutes walk from the Alhambra and 10 minutes walk from the city center. Otherwise, you can take the shuttle service that stops near the Alhambra Palace (right next door). The rooms “El cipres” and “La Torre”, with their view, are really magnificent !!

The owner will give you many tips to visit Granada. In short, a great address to see!

If you really want to find an address in the heart of the Alhambra with views of the Generalife gardens, you have the Parador de Granada. It is an old convent. On the other hand it is very expensive, but you have to admit that the location is exceptional !!

Otherwise, I usually use apartment rentals between individuals like Airbnb, suddenly you have a kitchen, there is no time ... In short, I advise you to take a look!

4) Where to go out in Granada

  • Where to go out in Granada

It would be a shame not to take advantage of the Granada night and not taste some of its tapas, pintxos ... For the little ones, go to the Pedro Antonio de Alarcón neighborhood.

But you can also go to more traditional areas, for that, go out to the streets that are around the Plaza Nueva or the Cathedral, you will find your happiness.

If you want a more festive atmosphere, listen to music, meet new people, I advise you to go to Elvira street. You will find many bars, jazz clubs and discos.

You will also find many bars on the Gran Vía, or towards the Paseo de los Tristes or the one in Piazza Nueva, they are also an excellent alternative, as is the bullring, under which you will find trendy clubs and bars.

/! To get from Paseo de los Tristes to Calle Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, you have to walk 25 minutes. This will give you a rough scale ...

A guided tour offered by Lola, Marco or Consuelo who speak French? They offer a guided visit to the essential Alhambra but also to Granada (Cathedral, Royal Chapel ...), but my favorite is their guided tour of the Sacromonte and the Albayzin neighborhood (and contact her if necessary).

5) How to get to Granada from Granada airport

To get to Granada from the airport, wait 30 minutes (20 km).

Granada airport is located 18 km from the city center. From the airport, you can take the bus service (€ 3) or taxis (around € 20) when there is no bus available. Bus schedule from the airport: 9:00 am, 12:45 pm, 13:40 pm, 17:20 pm, 18:15 pm and 19:45 pm Buses stop at La Caleta, Gran Vía, Fuente de las Batallas and Palace of Congresses.

Count € 220 for an insured car rental for a week.

Once in Granada, do not hesitate to walk or take the buses to move around the city. The system is very easy to understand and buses are frequent.

6) How to get to Granada from Seville

Yes, get to the Alhambra / Granada from Seville, I think the best thing is to take the train, count € 29 and 3h30. You can opt for the less expensive bus, for that reason go to the Seville bus station (well served by urban buses), Place des Armes, to arrive at around 11:30 am at the Granada bus station ( or vice versa), itself well served by urban buses.

If you take the bus, opt for the ALSA company that offers you a bottle of water, cookies (remember to reserve at least the day before).

  • For the train: 4 connections a day, 3 hours, € 29
  • For the bus: 10 connections per day, 3 hours, price € 24
  • Go to the Spanish website of the SNCF, that is, Renfe.

7) How to get to Granada from Malaga

Getting to Granada from Malaga by train is a bit more complicated. You have to take a first train to Antequera, and there make a change to catch the one that goes to Granada. When you get to Antequera there are 2 stations, but don't worry, they are 100 meters from each other.

One of the stations is for high-speed trains (AVE) and the other for normal trains. For the AVE it is the Santa Ana station, and for normal trains it is Bobadilla.

  • From Malaga by TGV (AVE) to Antequera, it takes 15 minutes, ticket price € 25.
  • From Malaga by “normal” train (Before) to Antequera takes 30 minutes for € 8.

Be careful, in Antequera there are few trains that go to Granada. The price of the ticket between these two stations is € 20 (allows 2 hours).

Go to the Spanish website of the SNCF, that is, Renfe.

Well there you go, I think you have all the keys in hand to visit granada as it should be

Do not hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom of the page to give me your impressions, share a good address, a hotel, a bar ... Sharing is good;)

  • And what do you prefer to see in Granada?
  • Do you have an address to share with us?
  • Where did you sleep in Granada?

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