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10 Best Things to Do in Granada on Your Spain Trip in 2023

Granada has blessed with a Moorish heritage dating back over 700 years. Its summit is the Alhambra, a complex with palaces, courtyards and gardens where the emperor of Granada survives the heat of summer. You can work your way up the streets of the old Moorish city, precisely as it did in medieval times, or enter the caves of the historic Gypsy neighbourhood famous for its gypsy shows. All the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada will attract your distance to the east. Below you can have a look at 10 best things to do in Granada.

Top 10 Things to Do in Granada

Let us explore the best things to do in Granada

  • Albayzín, Granada
  • Granada Cathedral
  • Royal Chapel
  • Alhambra
  • Generalife
  • Alcaiceria
  • Sacromonte
  • Granada Charterhouse
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Science Park Of Granada

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1. Albayzín, Granada

Albayzín, Granada
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The plant is a hill to the north from Nueva to the Arabian Quarter of Granda. Which also has the reorganization from the UNESCO site of Granada.

After the reorganisation, the Moorish population wanted to live in Grenada, and the impact on the architecture of this panoramic part of the city is impossible to ignore. Eventually, the Muslims expel, and their mosques became churches.

As with one from Medina, the road plan is a trickle of narrow streets with lofty townhouses painted white.The hand-painted Moorish tiles decorate the walls here which are very beautiful and worth seeing.

2. Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral
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Constructed in the ancient 16th century on top of the mosque of Granada, this magnificent building is the second largest church in Spain.

It was built during a transition in fashion, so the foundations are Gothic even though the first structure and interior are from the Renaissance.

The man accused of trying to reconcile some of the genres was Diego de Siloé, and his efforts earned him contemporary acclaim.

To enhance the brightness of this church stands in the main chapel and gaze at the stained glass shutters, arts and portraits on the sides.

3. Royal Chapel of Granada

Royal Chapel of Granada
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Near to the cathedral is the quiet place of two of Spain’s most influential rulers.

The Catholic Emperors, Islabella I and Ferdinand II are interred here and Christians of Spain re-conquered from the Moors in the late 1400s.

Construction of his beautiful mausoleum is from Alabaster and Italian sculptor Domenico Fancelli has designed this beautiful mausoleum.

4. Alhambra, Granada

Alhambra Granada
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This spectacular view is difficult, to sum up with a few words: the Alhambra is a palace, palace, summer retreat and all enclosed in an enchanting city. This is why it is at the top in best things to do in Granada.

Alhambra Construction started during the 1200s and 1300s for the Nasrids, ruler of the Emirate of Granada while the last centuries of Muslim control in Andalusia.

After “Reconquista” it became the royal court of the Catholic emperors, Isabella I and Ferdinand II. Book well in advance and spend a fascinating day about royal chambers, quiet courtyards and divine Renaissance and Moorish palaces.

5. Generalife, Granada

Generalife arcitecture
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The magnificent plains of the Alhambra are so vast that you may even need another day to see them.

These lush and luxurious gardens are especially fragrant in the spring. They have colourful flower flakes, neatly trimmed hedges and caps, geometric pools and fountains. And yes all kinds of stunning architectural fruits.

Unforgettable part, however, is the Generalife Palace, which is on the summit of the hill, where the emperors spend their summers in the shade.

The fountains here cool the air as their water evaporates on the paving stones of the courtyard.

6. Alcaiceria

In Islamic days, this location called a Great Bazaar in Grenada, where merchants used to rotate their silks and spices in many streets.

All that is left nowadays is a single passage having lots of souvenir shops, some of which are of more interest than others.

If you’re looking for a gift that genuinely represents Grenada and Andalusia, try Fazalooza ceramics, Moorish-style ceramics. And yes hand-painted with blue or green plants.

Also authentic is taracea: inlaid furniture and other wooden decorative items, with beautifully intricate patterns.

7. Sacromonte

Sunset in Sacromonte
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East of Albézine and in front of the Alhambra are the traditional neighbourhoods of Granada.

After the withdrawal of the city by the Catholic emperors, the Sacromonte became home to the city’s gypsy community.

As you stroll over these habitats, you will see that no two cave houses are the same, as their dimensions are determined entirely by the hard terrain.

Naturally, if you want to see an actual flamenco performance, these caves are the real deal. Because of the beauty, this place can be counted under best things to do in Granada.

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8. Granada Charterhouse

You can get a bus to go to this grand monastery. It is at just north of Albézine or set a 20-minute walk from the bustling places of the city.

Construction began in the early 1500s, just after the city was reconstruction, but it would not be completed for the next 300 years.

However, the result is one of Spain’s baroque masterpieces, with an explosion of lush decor that will distract most visitors. Outside is a peaceful sanctuary, with rows of Doric columns from the 1600s and the rooms set off from this courtyard decorated with portraits of the martyrs who used to meet with bloody ends.

Piety is very rich with a dome is having painting by Antonio Palomino, a 17th-century baroque master.

9. Sierra Nevada, Granada

Scenic view of Sierra Nevada
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This national park is located just behind the eastern suburbs of Granada. And has both the highest peaks of Iberia (Mulhacén at 3,478m) and the southernmost ski resort in Europe Tour Packages.

It takes only half an hour to travel from the old centre of Granada to these majestic mountains.

The great thing about the trip is the way the vegetation changes from shrubs to wild bushes, wild olive trees and oak as you get higher.

Finally, there are scaffolding pots in the woodland around the resort where pigs and wild cats roam. The ski station in the Sierra Nevada has a decent season due to altitude, typically lasting from December to April. It can be considered as one of the best things to do in Granada.

10. Science Park Of Granada

You may need a change of pace after walking around the historic city. And this modern attraction is just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre.

There are two main buildings: Macroscopic “Journey in the Human Body” and a variety of exhibits. This includes installations that illustrate the achievements of Islamic scientists in Al-Andalus.

Foucault’s pendulum building meanwhile has connections with physics, chemistry and mechanics.

In the Planetarium, you can see 110 mirrors to project 7,000 stars on the screen.

A beautiful place filled with significant old buildings and paved roads, exploring Granada is a magical experience. Many great spots offer breathtaking views of the city.  I hope you have liked above mentioned best things to do in Granada.

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