3 Days in Granada: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2015

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History is alive in Granada's narrow streets, riotous gardens and spectacular monuments, reverberating with echoes of the city's grand Islamic past and its medieval Renaissance. With the majestic Sierra Nevada as its backdrop and the mighty Alhambra and Generalife as its principal calling cards, this Andalucían beauty has captured the heart of many a traveler.

Nothing quite prepares you for the magnificence of Granada's Moorish heritage. The beauty and craftsmanship of the Alhambra…the Generalife’s hilltop tranquility…the winding alleys of Albayzín…But don’t stop there! Delve a bit deeper, and you’ll discover Granada is a city of many charms.

Day 1: The Amazing Alhambra

Set aside a day (and book your ticket well in advance!) to explore this astonishing UNESCO World Heritage site, one of Spain's most visited monuments. Built by Moorish kings in the 13th century to reflect their concept of paradise on earth, the Alhambra combines lovely pools and gardens, architectural ingenuity, and sweeping views to marvelous effect. Many consider the Palacio Nazaries – with its exquisite tiling, courtyards, wood carving and ceilings – to be Europe’s most magnificent Islamic building, while Patio de los Leones is renowned for its graceful marble columns and lion fountain. Dating from the 16th century, Palacio de Carlos V is a Renaissance gem.

A short walk north is the wondrous Generalife, a beautiful garden retreat built around the same time as the palace complex. Its sumptuous gardens feature abundant flora, lovely courtyards and stunning water features. Ah, to be a Moorish royal in 13th-century Granada...

Day 2: Granada on Foot

Granada's rich history is best experienced as you wander its timeless streets. Exploring the old Muslim quarter Albayzín is like stepping into the city's Arab past. Mosques and Moorish villas line steep cobbled alleys, and the scent of jasmine fills the air. Climb the Mirador de San Nicolas for breath-taking city views, or take a dip in el bañuelo, an original 11th-century Arab bathhouse. Winding your way south, get ready to be dazzled by Granada's imposing Gothic-Renaissance cathedral and the flamboyant Capilla Real beside it. Feeling energetic? On the outskirts of town lies Sacromonte, an ancient hillside area of cave dwellings, once inhabited by gypsies and now the atmospheric setting for evening flamenco shows.

Day 3: Culture and Nature

Too much architectural eye candy is never enough, and there are a few stunners left for you to discover. Monasterio de San Jeronimo is a Gothic Renaissance treat, while the church at Monasterio de la Cartuja (founded by the memorably named Christian warrior El Gran Capitán,) is a Baroque wonder, complete with extravagant sacristy and beautiful cupola. Literary buffs will love Huerta de San Vincente, the house where Federico Garcia Lorca wrote some of his masterpieces. Need a break from the city bustle? Head for the snowy Sierra Nevada or the lush Alpujarras valley – both close enough that you’ll be back in time to hit Granada's buzzing tapas circuit come nightfall.

Tours & Tickets

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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1173 Reviews

Explore Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens on this 2.5-hour skip-the-line walking tour, led by a professional local guide. With hotel pickup and drop-off from ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.73

Best Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

Skip past the Alhambra’s long entrance lines with your private guide and explore this incredible palace complex! Including priority access, this private tour ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.09

Skip the Line: Alhambra Tour and Granada Hammam

4 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Combine a visit to the Alhambra, Granada’s top historical site, with an afternoon of blissful indulgence at the city’s Arab baths -- Hammam Al Andalus. Start ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 7.5 - 8 hours

From USD $87.75

Granada Flamenco Show in Sacromonte and Walking Tour of Albaicin

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 39 Reviews

Watch a flamenco show in a Sacromonte cave in Granada, and then explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed neighborhood of Albaicin on an evening walking tour. ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.26

Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Soak up the serenity at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus, magnificent Arabian baths located at the foot of the Alhambra palace complex. Spend 1.5 hours at your ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.10

Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride

See the sun rise over Granada on a hot-air balloon ride! After soaring through the early morning skies, flying above attractions like the UNESCO-listed ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $234.09

Private Tour: Cordoba Day Trip from Granada

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Cordoba is a captivating Andalusian city with many attractive monuments to admire. On this private tour from Granada you'll discover Cordoba's mosque, ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.89

Ronda Day Trip from Granada Including Wine Tasting

Discover Ronda, the Andalucian city with centuries of history and dramatic sights, on a day trip from Granada! With an expert local guide, walk around the city ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.87

Tropical Coast and Caves of Nerja Day Trip from Granada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Combine the fascinating history of Nerja and the beautiful scenery of the Tropical Coast on this day trip from Granada. Nerja boasts 10 miles (16 kilometers) ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.74

Historical Granada Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Granada's rich history on this informative sightseeing tour of the city as you meander through the old quarter of Albaycin, visit the Royal ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.66

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