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Granada Travel Guide

About Granada

Located at an altitude of 738 meters, gently caressed by the snowy mountains of the Sierra Nevada (a mountain range home to the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, the Mulhacén and Veleta) and crossed by Garcia Lorca’s tres ríos (the Darro, Genil, and Guadalquivir), Granada is a city that knows how to captivate the millions of visitors coming to the city every year. The duality between the austerity of the Sierra Nevada peaks, and the warmth of its inhabitants contribute to the mystical charm of the city, making it one of Spain’s top destinations for unforgettable Granada experiences.

Visiting the magnificent city of Granada is like taking a journey back in time: the heritage of the more than 700 hundred years of Moorish dominance in the Andalusian region, testified by the legendary Alhambra (today UNESCO world heritage), the sumptuous Nasrid palaces, and the luxurious Generalife villa, is perfectly integrated with Baroccan, Neoclassical, and Reinassance churches and monasteries, and with the essential lines of contemporary buildings, such as the Museo de la Memoria de Andalucia, designed by Spanish architecture Alberto Campo Baeza. 

Today, Granada is -together with Malaga, Sevilla, and Cordoba- one of the four biggest cities in the autonomous region of Andalusia, and boasts a vibrant and rich cultural and artistic life,

which is primarily concentrated around the Realejo district, the former Jewish quarter, now a melting pot of art galleries, colorful murals, and small artisanal boutiques. Granada also boasts one of the largest communities of students in the Iberic peninsula, thanks to the presence of the prestigious Universidad de Granada. The young soul of this centuries-old city contributes is best expressed in its vibrant nightlife, with glamorous nightclubs and traditional tapas bars on every corner of the Albaicin district (also known as Old Town Granada), and the lively Zaidin neighborhood.

Combine all of this with Granada’s rich gastronomical tradition, still heavenly influenced by the spices and ingredients typical of Arabic cuisine, the hypnotic footwork of flamenco dancers performing at the renowned “Flamenco caves”, and the possibility of taking a day trip either to the sunny Costa Tropical or to some of Spain’s highest peaks, and you have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation!

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Best Time To visit

Torrid days, and chilly -if not frigid- nights make the city of Alahambra one of a kind also when it comes to its climate, which is greatly influenced by both its elevated geographical position and the morphological characteristics of the area in which the city lies, sheltered by the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

Taking into consideration the rather marked temperature excursions and the overall temperate (if not continental) climate is particularly important when planning your next Granada trip. If Winters are generally humid and colder than in the rest of Andalucia (but still warmer than in most Spanish continental cities, including the capital Madrid), with temperatures regularly dropping as low as zero degrees Celsius (or 32°F) at night, Summers are, on the other hand, characterized by extremely hot and dry weather, with daily temperatures averaging 33-34° C (91-93°F), and peaks as high as 40°C (or 104°F). 

To avoid both extremes, our recommendation is to plan your next visit to this unique city either during the Spring or Fall months: the temperatures are not as high as during the hottest Summer months, nor as low as during rainy Winter months, and the weather is generally very pleasant, with average temperature comprised between 23°C (73°F) and 25°C (77°F). However, be mindful of the thermal excursion that can still occur between day and night, and don’t forget to bring a light jacket and some long trousers with you. In addition, the city is not as packed with tourists as during peak season months, which means shorter lines in front of the major tourist attractions, and the possibility to get lost in the majestic historical center without having to feel stuck in the typical crowds of tourists. And, completing this idyllic picture is the pleasant breeze coming from the not-so-far Mediterranean Sea.

Finally, during the Spring months (approximately from early March to late May), the gardens of the Generalife are at peak flowering, with delicate rose flowers, bright bougainvilleas, and intoxicating orange blossoms. A true heaven on Earth! May is also the month of the joyful Corpus Christi procession, a traditional religious festival that perfectly encapsulates the vibrant soul of the city, attracting thousands of tourists to the city every year.

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What to expect

Granada (from the ancient Latin malum granatum, in English “pomegranate”) is like an open-air museum: wandering through the historical neighborhoods of Albaicín, with its squared white houses, and Realejo, also known as the old Jewish district, is like taking a time machine and traveling through the best part of Spanish history.

From the foundation in 180 B.C. to the Roman and Moorish domination, which ended with the Spanish Reconquista in 1491, Granada’s past is accurately documented in the city’s rich cultural and architectural heritage. 

Testifying the Nasird reign are world-renowned wonders such as the 14th-century elevated fortress of Alhambra, today UNESCO world heritage, and the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the once rural residence of the Musulman emirs who ruled this part of Spain through the 13th and 14th centuries. The Islamic period is also witnessed by the Moorish Alcaicería market, originally established as a silk and spices market. Today, what remains of the Great Bazaar is a timeless place where exotic trinkets are sold next to colorful textiles and traditionally painted ceramics.

On the other hand, Granada’s catholic past (the period following the Spanish Reconquista) is testified by a wide array of Baroque and Neoclassical churches, convents, and monasteries, such as the magnificent Catedral de la Encarnación, one of the greatest expressions of Renaissance in the Iberic peninsula, the Real Monasterio de San Jerónimo, the Real Cartuja de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (also known as the Carthusian Monastery of Granada), and the opulent Basilica de San Juan de Dios. 

The sacred meets the profane in the Sacromonte district, located near the Sacromonte abbey and, throughout the 19th century, the elected home for the large gitano (gypsy) communities traveling to the city. Today, the Sacromonte cuevas (caves) are a true institution for all flamenco and music lovers, and thousands of tourists are attracted to this neighborhood by its authentic and untamed vibes. 

Contrasting the mystical soul of the city is the Zaidín neighborhood, Granada’s“scientific and technological center”, with well-established institutions in the sci-tech field such as the Experimental Station, the Astrophysics Institute of Andalusia, and the Parque de las Ciencias (“Science Park), with a permanent exhibition spanning over seven pavilions, 5,000 square meters of temporary exhibits, a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, cultural galleries, and auditoriums.

Laid-back people, hypnotizing Flamenco dancers, the legacy of a multifaceted artistic and cultural past, kaleidoscopic Bazaars, eco-friendly accommodations, and scrumptious tapas are the magic ingredients that contribute to making Granada a perfect destination for all kinds of visitors, from backpackers to families and luxury travelers!

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Things to know

Are you planning to visit the magnificent city of Alahambra? Here are a couple of things to keep in mind before booking your holiday.

Language: the official language of Malaga is Castilian Spanish, which is spoken in the central and southern parts of the Iberic peninsula. At the same time, Andalusian is a regional dialect vastly spoken in the autonomous community of Andalusia. English is generally spoken -or at least understood- by the staff of restaurants and of major receptive structures, especially in most touristic areas.

Common Sayings: here are a couple of common sayings in Catalan, that will help you get by in most everyday situations.

Hi – Hola

Thank you – Gracias 

Bye – Adiós

Please – Por favor

Excuse me – Con permiso 

Good Morning – Buen día

Good Afternoon – Buenas tardes

Good Night – Buenas noches

Nice to meet you – Es un placer conocerte

How are you – ¿Cómo estás?

Fine, thanks – Bien, gracias

What’s your name? – ¿Cómo te llamas?

My name is Julia – Me llamo Julia 

Are you from here? – ¿Eres de aquí?

What do you do? – ¿A qué te dedicas?

Do you speak English? – ¿Hablas inglés?

A table for two please – Una mesa para dos por favor

Bon appetit! – ¡Buen provecho!

The bill please – La cuenta, por favor

That was delicious! – ¡Eso estuvo delicioso!

Time Zone: Granada is on Central European Time (CET), which is six hours ahead of New York (EST) and one hour ahead of London (GMT).

Currency: Spain belongs to the so-called “Eurozone”, which means that the currency in Granada is the Euro (EUR). Although nowadays credit and debit cards are generally accepted in most places, having some cash can always come in handy, especially for purchases in small artisanal shops or traditional food markets.

Credit Cards: credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and Maestro) are widely accepted in most restaurants and shops. However, some smaller retailers might not accept card payments. To avoid unpleasant situations, our recommendation is to always carry some cash in your pocket.

Plugs + Voltage: Granada electrical outlets use plug types C (with two round pins) and F (with two round pins and two earth clips on the side). They operate on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Airports: the closest major airport to Granada is Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport (GRX / LEGR), around 19 km from the city center. From there, you can either take the bus line Granada-Aeropuerto, run by ALSA, which conveniently connects the airport with downtown Granada in around half an hour, take advantage of the efficient taxi service, or rent a private car. Other nearby airports include Malaga-Costa del Sol (AGP), around 92 km from Granada, and Cordoba, about 135 km away from the city.

Vegetarian and vegan food: Granada is a true paradise for all plant-based and conscious eaters, with a wide array of vegan and vegetarian restaurants offering scrumptious dishes made with organic, locally sourced ingredients. Wild Food, Al Sur, and Paprika are the perfect places for eating a cozy, yet nourishing dinner while admiring the majestic Alhambra. If you want to start the day on the right foot, try the energizing banana and kale smoothie bowl at Perspectives, a hygge cafè specializing in latte arts and organic specialty coffees.

Organic Groceries: Granada is home to an incredibly large number of ecotiendas (eco-shops), selling organic and seasonal fruit and veggies, grass-fed meat, fresh dairy products, vegan and cruelty-free make-up products, and eco-friendly household detergents. Amongst the best-supplied are Col&flower, Biosfera Ecotienda, Mi Granito de Avena, and ECOeco Panaderia Y Alimentacion Ecologica. 

Safety: like other major Andalusian centers, Granada is a reasonably safe city, with a very low rate of serious crimes, and you should not encounter any major issues walking on the main streets at night, as long as you try to avoid poorly lit areas and peripheral neighborhoods. However, petty crimes, such as pickpocketing and scams, can be quite common, especially in the crowded areas surrounding major touristic attractions. Make sure to not leave your most valuable belongings unattended, and always be mindful of your surroundings. Along the walk leading to the Alahambra, you might encounter some gypsy women handing you aromatic herbs. If you interact with them, they might insistently ask you for money. If you don’t want to be harassed by them, we suggest politely declining their offer and resolutely walking away. 

Opening Hours: most commercial activities in Granada are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. However, some smaller family-owned shops and artisanal laboratories tend to close in the afternoon (generally from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and might close a little bit earlier in the evening, around 8 p.m. Restaurants are generally open for lunch from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner from 8 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. (exceptions are quite common in most touristy areas). 

Popular Sites: Granada is a true open-air museum, with incredible cultural and architectonic wonders at every corner. Among the must-sees are the Moorish fortress of the Alhambra, overlooking the city from above, the lush Generalife gardens, the majestic Nasrid palaces, the old Arabic neighborhood of Albaicín, with its candid squared house, and the kaleidoscopic Alcaiceria (also known as the Great Bazaar). Countless are also the Baroccan and Renaissance monasteries and churches, testifying the Catholic Reconquista of the city in the late fifteenth century. Not to be missed are also the Basilica de San Juan de Dios, the Catedral de la Encarnación, the Monasterio de San Jeronimo, and the Real Cartuja de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.

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how to get around

The best way to fully experience the vibrant and multi-faceted soul of Granada is definitely by foot: not only all the major attractions are within walking distance of each other, but you can also reach secret and enchanting corners that would be inaccessible in any other way! For example, you can get lost in the intricate alleys of the Albaicín neighborhood, the oldest part of the city, or fully immerse yourself in the gypsy atmosphere of the Sacromonte district, once home to one of the biggest gitano communities in Andalucia.

By foot, it is also possible to reach the majestic complex of the Alhambra, either by taking the Cuesta Gomerez (the road up from Plaza Nueva, renowned for being Granada’s most ancient square) or by coasting along Cuesta de los Chinos (the path at the end of Paseo de los Tristes, which despite the name is one of Granada’s most vibrant and animated streets, passing across Puente del Aljibillo -or bridge of the Cistern, one of the five bridges built over the Darro River). 

In both cases, the walk should take around 20 to 25 minutes, and at the end, you will be rewarded with a striking bird-eye-view over the city’s historical center. 

However, be aware that it is an uphill walk (the Alhambra is on an elevated position) and there is some more walking to do inside the Alhambra complex. If you don’t feel like strolling up to the top of the hill, you can decide to take the city bus C30 or C32, the first one departing from Plaza de Isabel La Católica, the second one connecting the Alhambra with Albaicín. 

Other popular bus lines are the 4 (train station-old city center), C31(Albaicín -city center), and C34 (connecting the neighborhood of Albaicín and Sacromonte to the city center). For more information about Granada 28 bus lines, operated by the municipal company Transportes Rober, you can consult the Movilidad Granada website. On the other hand, the bus line Granada-Aeropuerto is run by ALSA and it conveniently links the airport with downtown.

Cruising by bike is another sustainable and enjoyable way of experiencing the city, with bike rentals easily available in almost every district of the city, and the possibility of renting electric bikes for reaching up-hill locations, such as the Alhambra or the Sacromonte district. 

Taxis are widely available and generally pretty affordable, especially if you want to move from the city center to the most peripheral areas (for example, the ride from the historical center to Granada airport takes approximately 30 minutes, and costs around 30 euros). 

All in all, there is certainly no shortage of eco-friendly options for fully enjoying your Granada adventure: all you have to do is choose the one that best suits your needs and degree of physical preparation!

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Where to stay

C. Solarillo de Gracia, 1, 18002 Granada, Spain

Housed inside a newly refurbished 19th-century palace located in the heart of the Old Town (known as the Edificio de Alabastro), the Hospes Palacio de Los Patos is the perfect place for experiencing an authentic  . . . .

Andalusian vacation without renouncing the comfort and luxury of a 5-star hotel. All the rooms and suites, decorated in pure avant-garde style, are equipped with the best state-of-art furniture, and enjoy a breathtaking view over the sumptuous Alhambra and the old Moorish district of Albaicin. For a rejuvenating break, indulge in a relaxing massage with organic oils at the Body Spa or slowly sip a glass of local wine in the enchanting Los Patios Terrace.

C. Gran Vía de Colón, 31, 18001 Granada, Spain

A 5-star luxury hotel with an incredible view over the Albaicín and Sacro Monte areas, with 75 newly refurbished rooms, once an integral part of the XVI-century Santa Paula Convent. Today, the  . . . .

Hotel Palacio De Santa Paula is where refinement meets tradition: a duality perfectly exemplified by the culinary offering of the hotel’s restaurant “El Claustro,” where modern haute cuisine draws inspiration from traditional Andalusian gastronomy. Tremendous emphasis is also placed on sustainable practices, reducing each room’s carbon and water footprint.

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C. Cárcel Baja, 11, 13, 18010 Granada, Spain

A privileged position in front of the Renaissance Granada Cathedral and impeccable Moorish vibes are amongst the distinctive traits of the Aurea Catedral, a luxury hotel housed inside a complex of seven  . . . .

16th-century buildings, one of which is a Castilian manor house interior with neo-Pompeian paintings on the main façade. The hotel boasts 94 spacious and bright rooms, renowned for their elegant yet colorful interiors. To unwind after a long day visiting the city, treat yourself to a traditional Arab bath in the hotel’s wellness center.

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C. Acera del Darro, 44, 18005 Granada, Spain

Located in the heart of Granada, a stone’s throw from the magnificent Alhambra fortress, this small, newly-built boutique hotel boasts 34 elegant and minimalist rooms with extraordinary views over the snowy  . . . .

peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The hotel offers various services for making your stay unforgettable, such as a splendid Andalusian patio, an outdoor pool, and gourmet dining experiences, where local and sustainable ingredients are reinterpreted with a modern twist by the chef’s creative flair.

Camino de la Umbría, S/N, 18193 Monachil, Granada, Spain

A peaceful and quiet eco boutique hotel only 8 km from Granada, near the village of Monachil, located inside the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, a protected area renowned for its incredible natural richness. The hotel is  . . . .

appreciated for its strong commitment to adopting eco and sustainable practices geared towards conserving the natural and cultural heritage of Sierra Nevada, such as the use of solar panels for hot water in the rooms and photovoltaic panels that provide electricity to the whole building. All the rooms enjoy a spectacular view over the National Park and have been designed down to minor details to allow visitors to feel at home. Honorable mention goes to the open-space shower area, inspired by the ancient Al-Andalus hammams.

Calle Placeta Peregrinos, 1, 18009 Granada, Spain

Only 15 rooms -all characterized by unique architectural features and personalized interiors- for this small boutique hotel located in the heart of the old Jewish district of Realejo, at walking distance  . . . . 

from the magnificent Catedral de la Encarnación. Noteworthy is also the lavish buffet breakfast with scrumptious homemade, local, and organic products, served in the evocative Arabic cistern (an ancient water collector dating back to the 13th century), and the pillow menu, ensuring deep, refreshing night sleeps throughout all your stay.

C. Benalua, 11, 18010 Granada, Spain

Hotel Casa 1800 Granada, honored with the prestigious 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award, is a true gem in Granada. This enchanting hotel boasts 25 rooms, thoughtfully divided into six distinct categories,  . . . .

each meticulously designed to preserve the elegance of 19th-century architecture. Immerse yourself in the past while enjoying modern comforts and breathtaking Alhambra views from select rooms. Experience exceptional service, stunning surroundings, and a touch of history at Hotel Casa 1800 Granada.

Pl. Arquitecto García de Paredes, 1, 18009 Granada, Spain

Perched majestically atop a hill, Hotel Alhambra Palace beckons guests to immerse themselves in the enchanting beauty of Granada. This hotel is a haven for nature lovers and dreamers with 108 inviting  . . . .

rooms and suites, each offering breathtaking vistas of the city’s romantic charm and the verdant Alhambra forest. Committed to environmental responsibility, Hotel Alhambra Palace proudly holds certifications for its sustainable practices and its dedication to preserving the environment. Prepare to be captivated by the hotel’s harmonious blend of luxury, nature, and eco-consciousness.

P.º del Generalife, 10, 18009 Granada, Spain

This hotel is located near the stunning Alhambra Palace complex. Immerse yourself in Granada’s rich history as you stroll a mere 4 minutes to the medieval wonder. With its prime location, the Renaissance cathedral  . . . .

and Granada train station are easily accessible. Indulge in rejuvenation and peak performance with their wellness programs and fitness area. Experience their exceptional restaurant as they utilize locally sourced vegetables and legumes to showcase Granada’s culinary heritage.

Where to Eat + Drink

C. Almona de San Juan de Dios, 21, 18001 Granada, Spain

100% organic and vegan food, made with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients: this is La Cosa Vegana, a small takeaway shop at walking distance from the Real Monasterio de San Jeronimo. The cannelloni with  . . . .

almond ricotta and spinach in tomato sauce is highly recommended, and the croqueta de patatas with vegan mozzarella. To end the meal on a sweet note, what’s better than a savory gluten-free tartlet filled with homemade plant-based ricotta and chocolate chips?

C. Gracia, 40, 18002 Granada, Spain

This vegan “art cafè” serves homemade, organic dishes from various international cuisines. You’ll find everything from Argentine empanadas to Indian curries, Asian-inspired bowls, and delicious  . . . .

Italian pasta. La Goma is open from Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm, and from Friday to Saturday, 12 am to 1 pm.

Pl. Isabel la Católica, 5, 18009 Granada, Spain

Experience the culinary delights of Wild Food Granada, an airy and cosmopolitan restaurant that takes plant-based dining to new heights. With a globally inspired menu, indulge in various savory dishes and  . . . .

desserts, all prepared without trans fat and refined sugars. Savor the taste of locally sourced organic ingredients, ensuring a sustainable and nourishing dining experience.

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Cta. de Abarqueros, 3, 18010 Granada, Spain

Located in the lower Albaicin, this delightful small vegan restaurant offers comforting, healthy, and multicultural cuisine while basking in the vibrant ambiance of its pleasant terrace. From tantalizing snacks and  . . . .

refreshing salads to hearty main courses, delectable desserts, and refreshing drinks, Paprika offers a healthful experience that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

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C. Marqués de Gerona, 9, 18001 Granada, Spain

Monje Restaurant presents a contemporary twist on the traditional taverns in Granada’s heart. It blends the flavors of authentic Andalusian cuisine from the era of ancient abbeys with cutting-edge cocktails and  . . . .

innovative culinary combinations. The ambiance of this unique tavern will transport you to a world where time flies as you savor the delightful fusion of old and new.

Coffee + Tea

C. Elvira, 115, 18010 Granada, Spain

Located on Granada’s iconic Calle Elvira, Perspectives is a cozy and vibey café with a strong emphasis on sustainability. The menù includes specialty coffees, local organic food, and several vegan options, such as  . . . .

scrumptious avocado toasts and nourishing smoothie bows.

C. Pie de la Torre, 2, 18001 Granada, Spain

Herbolario Esencias de Granada provides over 60 organic tea blends, herbs, and spices options. The shop also offers vegan and eco-certified cosmetic products. Herbolario is in the heart of Old Town Granada,  . . . .

a stone’s throw from Plaza Isabel la Catolica.

Pje. Prof. Sainz Cantero, 7, 18002 Granada, Spain

MiMiMi is a vegan/vegetarian cafè serving nourishing yogurt bowls, vibrant smoothies, mouthwatering homemade cakes, and -of course- creamy cappuccinos and robust espressos, mostly made with organic,  . . . .

preservative-free ingredients, locally sourced and grown without the use of any toxic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. MiMiMi is within walking distance of the Realejo district and the Facultad de Ciencias.

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C. Cruz, 16, Local A, 18002 Granada, Spain

Stop by this vegan café and experience the extensive range of warm and cold savory dishes, smoothie bowls, plant-based desserts, fresh juices, and specialty coffees exclusively made with bio-certified beans. 

Great attention is paid to sustainability practices, such as using renewable energies and biodegradable takeaway cups, and most food options are organic and made with local, seasonal ingredients. The homemade vegan carrot cake, moist and fluffy, and the foamy, aromatic chai latte are highly recommended.

C. Mesones, 20, 18001 Granada, Spain

Since 1990, Tea Shop Granada has become an iconic destination for tea enthusiasts, dedicated to fostering a vibrant tea culture. As Spain’s foremost brand in the bulk tea and infusion market, they proudly  . . . .

present an exceptional array of teas and exclusive accessories, including teapots, tea cups, infusers, and Matcha accessories. Moreover, Tea Shop Granada offers franchise opportunities, inviting passionate entrepreneurs to join their tea-loving community.

C. Tejeiro, 21, Local 1, 18005 Granada, Spain

Discover the cozy charm of MOLA Cafetería Bio, a warm and bohemian café nestled in the city’s heart. Indulge in their delightful smoothie bowls, bagel sandwiches, and organic toast made with fresh,  . . . .

local, and ethically sourced ingredients. Sip on rejuvenating juices and shakes while embracing a natural and sustainable lifestyle. MOLA Cafetería Bio is a haven for those seeking wholesome goodness daily. Please note that MOLA Cafetería Bio is closed every Monday.

Organic Wine + Spirits

C. Elvira, 150, 18010 Granada, Spain

Since 2004, Al Sur has sold the city’s best natural, additive-free, and organic wine from small, local wineries. Visit the physical store in the heart of the city center, next to Arco Elvira, for a personalized  . . . .

shopping experience. Wine tastings are available upon reservation, with three different formulas (4 wines + 4 dishes tasting, five wines + 5 farmhouse cheese tasting, or seven wines + 7 dishes tasting). All the food is locally sourced and made with organic ingredients.

C. C. Paz, 4, 18002 Granada, Spain

La Cata con Botas is a small family-owned winery on Paz Street in the heart of Old Town Granada. La Cata offers a wide selection of Spanish and international wines, most of which are organic and sulfite-free. 

All the products are also available on the shop’s website.

P.º del Salón, 8, 18009 Granada, Spain

Located in Paseo del Salón, on the bank of the Genil River, Contreras Selectos is a family-owned wine and food delicatessen selling organic, local, and sustainably-farmed products. Besides a well-assorted  . . . .

selection of natural and organic wines, Contreras Selectos offers a wide range of local products, such as artisanal sourdough bread made with organically-sourced flour, fresh and seasonal fruits and veggies, and Andalusian jamón(a type of ham).

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Cortijo Barranco Oscuro, 18440 Cádiar, Granada, Spain

Less than 1.30 hours from the city center, in the mountain village of Cadiz, is Barranco Oscuro, a small winery producing all-natural, organic wine with grapes from some of Europe’s highest vineyards.  

Although the winery is not open for tours or degustation, all the wines can be purchased from Vinos Auténticos, an online retailer specializing in natural wines, or directly at Barranco Oscuro (the visit should be arranged in advance).

Carr. Córdoba – Málaga, 5, N-331, Km 47, 14550 Montilla, Córdoba, Spain

The beautiful village of Montilla, halfway between Cordoba, Malaga, and Granada, is home to Bodegas Robles, a family-owned winery established in 1927 with a strong belief in natural winemaking. All the  . . . .

incredible wines are produced following organic farming techniques, and the organic wines have won several awards for their outstanding organoleptic qualities. Visits to the vineyards and wineries should be booked in advance.

Organic Markets

Moral de la Magdalena, 37, 18002 Granada, Spain

This store specializes in vegan and bio-certified products, including wholegrain bread and plant-based treats. The organic white chocolate chips and the organic, high-protein chocolate granola are  . . . .

worth mentioning. The Eco Shop is located in the heart of the historical center, walking from Plaza Isabel La Catolica.

Carretera Puente de Los Vados, S/N, Nave 4, 18015 Granada, Spain

Freshly harvested organic fruits and vegetables, directly from the orchard: You can find this and more at Ecojaral, a small shop located less than 15 minutes by car from the city center. The shop sells a wide range of  . . . .

vegan, cruelty-free cosmetic products, plant-based milk, sweet & savory spreads, kombuchas, juices, and bio-certified wines. All products are also available on the Ecojaral website.

C. Lavadero Tablas, 16, 18002 Granada, Spain

Ajedrea Cosmética Ecologica is a small artisanal laboratory in the Jewish district of Realejo specializing in producing natural cosmetics made with 100% organic ingredients. Here you can buy silky soaps, delicate  . . . .

perfumes, and velvety oils that are good for your skin and soul! Natural cosmetic courses and online soap-making courses can be purchased on the Ajedrea website, as well as their incredible products.

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Cta. de San Gregorio, 38, 18010 Granada, Spain

This delightful store offers a wide range of organic products, from fresh produce to pantry staples, all sourced from local farmers and producers. Embrace a healthy and sustainable lifestyle as you browse  . . . . 

their wholesome and environmentally-friendly goods.

C. Sócrates, 4, local 3, 18002 Granada, Spain

Biosfera Ecotienda is an organic food store committed to promoting a greener way of living. With an extensive array of organic and eco-friendly products, this store caters to health-conscious individuals seeking  . . . .

sustainable alternatives. From organic groceries to natural beauty products, Biosfera Ecotienda offers a conscious shopping experience for eco-conscious consumers.

Av. Federico García Lorca, 7, Local 3, 18014 Granada, Spain

Mi Granito de Avena is a charming store specializing in organic oats and oat related products. Discover a variety of oat-based treats and take home the goodness of this versatile grain, knowing that it’s been  . . . .

grown and sourced sustainably. Beyond the products, Mi Granito provides a rich experience, offering free activities such as informative talks and delectable tastings. Additionally, you can partake in the on-site workshop for batch cooking, unlocking the full potential of this wholesome ingredient.

C. Duquesa, 5, 18001 Granada, Spain

At Eco Tienda Rama, sustainability takes center stage. This eco-conscious store offers a wide range of organic bulk products and environmentally-friendly alternatives. From organic groceries to  . . . .

eco-friendly household items, you’ll find everything you need to embrace a greener lifestyle. Shop confidently as the store actively promotes zero-waste products and endeavors to minimize its environmental footprint.

Calle Varela, C. San Antonio, 2 Esquina, 18009 Granada, Spain

Step into Ecotienda Umbela and Planet Umbela, where sustainability meets style. This unique store combines eco-friendly fashion with a passion for the planet. Explore their curated collection of clothing,  . . . .

accessories, home decor, and organic cosmetics, all made with sustainable materials and ethical practices. 

C. Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, 34, local 4, 18002 Granada, Spain

Baoba Pure is an eco-conscious brand that offers a range of organic and pure products for your well-being. From skincare essentials to herbal remedies, each item is carefully crafted to enhance your health while  . . . .

minimizing environmental impact. Pamper yourself with nature’s finest at Baoba Pure.

C. Pardo, 1, 18010 Granada, Spain

Explore Ecotienda El Agua food products, organic olive oils, vegetable beverages, craft beers, and environmentally-conscious cleaning products. You can conveniently receive your purchases with their  . . . .

bicycle-based home delivery service in Granada. If you’re outside the city, fret not! Ecotienda El Agua also provides express courier shipping services throughout the peninsula, ensuring their products reach you promptly and efficiently or you can shop in store.

Av. de América, 40, 18006 Granada, Spain

You’ll discover a diverse selection of seasonal vegetables, fruits, cereals, bread, legumes, honey, and more at  Ecotienda Otra Belleza Y Otra Sal. Additionally, the store provides household cleaning products,  . . . .

personal hygiene cosmetics, and herbal goods. They also offer various services, including pedicures, manicures, waxing, chiro massage, holistic reflexology, and facial treatments by appointment. Embrace a sustainable approach to beauty and wellness at Ecotienda Otra Belleza Y Otra Sal.

Wellness

Calle Arteaga, 3, 18010 Granada, Spain

Elvira Traditional Baths is a true sanctuary of peace and relaxation in the heart of Granada’s historical center. Travel through time and space in the Arab baths, designed following the best Nasrid architectural  . . . .

tradition, and experience the immense benefits of hot steam and hydrotherapy, followed by a deeply relaxing massage and a hot cup of freshly-made mint tea. Elvira Baths are open Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 11:00 pm (bookings are strongly recommended).

C. Sta. Paula, 25, 18001 Granada, Spain

One of the first 23 Arab baths in the city at the time of the most extraordinary Nasrid splendor, today, the Al-Haram Hammam Arab Baths are a mystical place where it is still possible to experience the ancient rituals  . . . .

of water and fire. Dip your toes in the pool’s warm water and let Hamman’s exotic perfumes bring you to another dimension while releasing all bodily and spiritual tensions with a deeply relaxing massage.

C. Mirador del Genil, 2, 18008 Granada, Spain

Hosted inside the beautiful Hotel Macia Real de la Alhambra, around 3 km from the city center, these luxurious Arab baths are a faithful replica of the sumptuous Real Baños Árabes of the Comares  . . . . 

Palace in the Nasrid complex. You can treat yourself to a rejuvenating Turkish bath or try the renowned Al-Andalus Ritual, which combines body exfoliation with a relaxing massage. Regardless, it will be an experience you won’t easily forget!

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Cjón. de Pavaneras, 3, 18009 Granada, Spain

Founded in 1993 by Eladia Martinez and located in the picturesque Realejo neighborhood, Baubo Yoga is a small oasis of peace, self-development, and silence in the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, you will  . . . .

learn how to recharge your spiritual energy and strengthen your bodily endurance through well-targeted and personalized Hatha Yoga lessons. Teacher training and online classes are available upon reservation.

C. Sta. Ana, 16, 18009 Granada, Spain

Hammam de Andalus offers a captivating journey into the ancient world of Moorish baths. Step into tranquility and rejuvenation as you embark on the Hammam Journey. Experience the beautiful  . . . .

ritual of the Spring, symbolizing the birth of water, followed by the soothing Miyah, a cleansing bath. Indulge in the therapeutic Bayyah, a warm massage, and relish the aromatic Mistiq, a refreshing mist to revitalize your senses. Surrender to the timeless allure of this authentic hammam experience.

What to Experience

Carrera del Darro, 31, 18010 Granada, Spain

The Hammam al-Yawza or Baño del Nogal, also known as El Bañuelo (literally “small bath”) for its smaller dimension in comparison to the Royal Baths of Alhambra, is renowned for being one of the best- . . . . 

preserved public Arab baths in Andalucia. Its construction dates back to the 12th century, during the period of Zirid King Badis, and the bath was conceived as part of the Old Alcazaba (or al-Qasaba al-Qadima). Today, El Bañuelo is considered Property of Cultural Interest and is open to visitors Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 8.30 pm.

Casa-Museo Federico García Lorca, C. Virgen Blanca, s/n, 18004 Granada, Spain

The Huerta de San Vicente, or Casa Museo Federico Garcia Lorca, located at the southeast end of the city of Granada and once the summer home of the García Lorca family, is today a place of historical and  . . . .

literary interest, as well as one of the important cultural centers in the city. The world-renowned poet, playwright, director, and political activist Federico García Lorca wrote some of his major works, such as Así que pasen cinco años, Bodas de sangre, and Yerma. Huerta de San Vicente is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, with guided tours being organized every 45 minutes. To reach the Museum, you can take bus lines C5, SN2, SN3, SN5, U3, 111, and 121 or walk there from the city center in 10 minutes.

Av. de la Ciencia, s/n, 18006 Granada, Spain

Parque de Las Ciencias or Science Park is an interactive science museum of 70,000 m2, located in the dynamic district of Zaidin, a stone’s throw from the city center. With seven permanent exhibition pavilions,  . . . .

5,000 m2 of temporary exhibitions, a Digital Planetarium, a Cultural Gallery, a Library, and more than two hectares of green areas, the Science Park is one of the most visited museums in Andalusia and is a reference point for the popularization of science in southern Europe. The Parque is open all year round, from Tuesday to Sunday, with group activities and guided tours available upon reservation.

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Enclosed between Granada’s two rivers, the Darro and the Genil, the old Jewish district of El Realejo is a true gem of architecture and history. The area is full of steep and narrow streets with beautiful houses. 

It used to be home to a diverse community of artisans and merchants, but now it’s famous for its trendy cafes, tapas, bars, and unique shops. Visiting El Realejo is like traveling back in time and breathing the most authentic essence of Granada.

Placeta Puerta del Sol, 18009 Granada, Spain

In the highest point of the Realejo district is the picturesque Puerta del Sol (also known as Puerta de Oriente or Puerta de Mauror), a 17th-century washing laundry built with Sierra Elvira marble and . . . . .

overarched by six Tuscan columns. From here, you can enjoy a privileged bird-eye view over the city of Alhambra and breathtaking sunsets, with the sun waning between the columns of the Puerta.

C. Oficios, 14, 18001 Granada, Spain

Located in Calle Oficios, near the Granada Cathedral, the Madraza Palace (also known as Yusufiyya or Casa de la Ciencia) was home to the first public al-Ándalus University in Granada. Originally built in 1349 on  . . . .

the behest of Nasrid King Yusuf I, the Madraza (a term commonly used to describe Muslim high schools) has witnessed the passage among its desks of scholars and poets such as Ibn al-Jatib or Ibn Zamrak, whose most popular verses are now engraved on the walls of the Alhambra. Today, the Madraza houses the Academy of Fine Arts of Granada, and it is possible to visit its incredibly well-preserved spaces every day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Palacio de Carlos V, C. Real de la Alhambra, S/N, 18009 Granada, Spain

The Museo Bellas Artes de Granada, housed inside the Renaissance Charles V Palace, boasts the title of being the city’s most visited art gallery. The Museum traces the history of the finest Andalusian painting  . . . .

school from the late fifteenth century to the first half of the seventeenth century, with works from Granadin artists such as Fray Juan Sánchez Cotán and Pedro de Raxis. Above all is the spectacular sculptural group of the Holy Burial by Renaissance Florence-born painter and architect Jacobo Florentino (also known as Indaco). Recurrent temporary exhibitions flank the permanent collection.

C. Pavaneras, 19, 18009 Granada, Spain

Located inside the Casa de los Tiros, a 16th-century Renaissance fortress-like building with a stunning facade embellished with icons representing Trojan heroes, the Museo Casa de Los Tiros boasts a  . . . .

rich array of paintings ranging from the 17th to the 19th century, as well as a miscellaneous collection including Baroque sculptures, lithographs, Fajalauza ceramics, traditional textiles, and 19th-century furniture. Not to be missed are the rooms dedicated to romantic travelers (focusing on the figure of American poet Washington Irving), industrial arts, and the gypsy culture. The Museo is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.

C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

This majestic Alhambra in Granada is a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases exquisite Islamic architecture. Marvel at the intricate details of the Nasrid Palaces, stroll through beautiful  . . . .

courtyards and enjoy breathtaking views from the Generalife gardens.

18009 Granada, Spain

Nestled within the Alhambra complex, Generalife is a stunning collection of gardens and palaces. Lose yourself in the lush greenery, meandering pathways, and ornate water features. Discover the  . . . .

tranquility of its secluded corners and experience the timeless beauty of this enchanting oasis.

Alcazaba

C/ Alcazabilla, 2, 29012 Málaga, Spain

The Alcazaba, an imposing fortress, stands proudly in the Alhambra complex. Explore its sturdy towers, fortified walls, and strategic viewpoints. Immerse yourself in the history of the Nasrid dynasty  . . . .

as you wander through its ancient ruins and take in panoramic vistas of Granada’s breathtaking landscapes.

C. Gran Vía de Colón, 5, 18001 Granada, Spain

The grand Granada Cathedral, a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, is a must-visit landmark. Step inside to admire its impressive interior adorned with intricate artwork and religious artifacts. Gaze up  . . . .

at the soaring domed ceilings and soak in the spiritual ambiance of this magnificent place of worship.

C.Alcaiceria, 1, 3, 18001 Granada, Spain

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Alcaiceria, Granada’s historic market. Lose yourself in a maze of narrow streets with colorful shops selling various goods, from spices and textiles to  . . . .

ceramics and jewelry. Experience this Moroccan-inspired bazaar’s lively hustle and bustle, a treasure trove for unique souvenirs and cultural immersion.

C.Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

The Nasrid Palaces within the Alhambra complex transport you to unparalleled beauty and luxury. Admire the intricate Moorish architecture, stunning tilework, and delicate plasterwork. Wander  . . . .

through the ornate halls, serene courtyards, and lavish chambers, each telling a story of Moorish grandeur and refinement. Experience the timeless allure of this architectural masterpiece and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Nasrid dynasty.

C/ San Juan de Dios, 17, 18001 Granada, Spain

Basílica de San Juan de Dios in Granada is a magnificent example of Spanish Baroque architecture. Step inside to discover the grandeur of its interior, adorned with exquisite artwork and elaborate altarpieces. 

Marvel at the stunning craftsmanship and intricate details that embellish this sacred space, paying homage to the patron saint of hospitals and the sick. Find solace and serenity within its hallowed walls.

C.Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

Situated within the Alhambra complex, the Palace of Charles V is a striking juxtaposition of Renaissance and Moorish architecture. Explore the imposing circular courtyard and admire the harmonious fusion of  . . . .

styles in the impressive facade. Enter the Museum housed within to discover a treasure trove of art and historical artifacts, including works by renowned Spanish artists. Experience the grandeur of this architectural gem that reflects Spain’s rich cultural heritage.

Calle Oficios, s/n, 18001 Granada, Spain

The Royal Chapel of Granada is an important historical site where Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II, are buried. This Gothic chapel features exquisite altarpieces, stunning  . . . .

stained glass windows, and elaborate tombs. You can explore the royal mausoleum and witness the regal beauty of this sacred space, which stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Spain’s monarchs.

C. Rector López Argüeta, 9, 18001 Granada, Spain

Nestled in the heart of Granada, the Monasterio de San Jeronimo is a serene sanctuary of peace and spirituality. Admire the elegant Renaissance architecture and tranquil cloister gardens—step inside the church  . . . .

to discover stunning artwork and intricate woodwork. Experience a moment of reflection and tranquility in this hidden gem.

On the Hillside Opposite the Alhambra, 08010 Granada Spain

The Albaicín neighborhood is a beautiful and historic area renowned for its narrow, winding streets, charming white houses, and stunning views of the Alhambra. With its Moorish influences and . . . .

picturesque architecture, Albaicín offers a unique glimpse into Granada’s rich cultural heritage. Visitors can explore its traditional tea houses, visit ancient churches, and immerse themselves in the enchanting atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Granada, a city located in the Andalusia region of Spain, is renowned for its rich history and cultural heritage. One of its most famous attractions is the Alhambra, which is considered the historical center of Granada. 

However, there are several other historical centers and significant sites worth exploring in the city. Here are some of them:

  • Alhambra
  • Albayzín
  • Sacromonte
  • Granada Cathedral
  • Royal Chapel
  • Realejo
  • Corral del Carbón
  • Casa de Zafra

These historical centers and sites offer a captivating journey through Granada’s diverse history, showcasing its Islamic, Christian, and Jewish heritage. Exploring these locations provides a deeper understanding of the city’s cultural significance.

18010 Granada, Spain

Carrera del Darro is a picturesque and romantic street that winds alongside the Darro River in Granada. Lined with historic buildings framed by the majestic Alhambra, this charming thoroughfare offers a  . . . .

captivating blend of natural beauty and architectural marvels. As you wander along Carrera del Darro, you’ll encounter quaint bridges, quaint cafes, and a sense of serenity that transports you to another time. It’s a perfect spot for a stroll or capturing stunning photographs.

  • Alhambra
  • Albayzín
  • Sacromonte
  • Granada Cathedral
  • Royal Chapel
  • Realejo
  • Corral del Carbón
  • Casa de Zafra

These historical centers and sites offer a captivating journey through Granada’s diverse history, showcasing its Islamic, Christian, and Jewish heritage. Exploring these locations provides a deeper understanding of the city’s cultural significance.

Pl. de San Nicolás, 18010 Granada, Spain

Plaza de San Nicolás is a captivating square perched on the hills of Albaicín, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains. This iconic square is a popular  . . . .

gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, who soak in the stunning vistas and watch the sunset over Granada. If you’re exploring the city, visit Plaza de San Nicolás. It’s a lively destination with street performers and charming cafes nearby. You won’t want to miss it.

P.º de Cartuja, s/n, 18011 Granada, Spain

Plaza de San Nicolás is a captivating square perched on the hills of Albaicín, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains. This iconic square is a popular  . . . .

gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, who soak in the stunning vistas and watch the sunset over Granada. If you’re exploring the city, visit Plaza de San Nicolás. It’s a lively destination with street performers and charming cafes nearby. You won’t want to miss it.

Calle Maria Luisa de Dios 5, 18014 Granada Spain

Alexander is a unique and trendy club/speakeasy in Granada that spans two stories. Its stylish decor, vibrant ambiance, and innovative cocktails offer an  unforgettable nightlife experience.  . . . .

The club’s eclectic mix of music, from live bands to renowned DJs, keeps the crowd entertained and energized.

Day Trips

Nerja, Malaga, Spain

Located about one hour by either car or train from Granada is the enchanting seaside town of Nerja, the “pearl of the Costa del Sol.” Nerja is renowned for its scenic waterfront promenade, also known as . . . .

Balcón de Europa, its candid sandy beaches, and the Cueva de Nerja, a natural cave attracting every year thousands of visitors every day for its incredible stalactites and stalagmites and the Paleolithic paintings on its walls. Popular concerts are organized inside the Cueva during the Summer months: an unmissable opportunity for nature and music lovers!

Los-Cahorros-Trail

18193, Granada, Spain

If you are looking for a break from the noise and heat of the city, this is the right place to experience the more naturalistic side of Andalusia. Running for about 8 km along the Monachil River Canyon, the Los  . . . . 

Cahorros is an easy yet adrenaline trail with suspended bridges, of which the “Pigeon Cave” is undoubtedly one of the most suggestive. Los Churros is located southwest of Granada, close to the small town of Monachil. You can quickly get there either by car, taking the Gr 3202 road towards Barrio de la Vegas, or by bus (line 183 that leaves from Paseo del Salón). 

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