What to see in Granada and its surroundings in 7 days

You say Granada and the first thing that comes to mind is the Alhambra. Right, but Granada is so much more. First of all his Magical atmosphere! For centuries, different peoples have met here and their history, cultures and traditions, blending harmoniously, have given rise to different inspirations and trends that are still palpable today. Walking through Granada, the boundary between feeling in Spain or the Maghreb is continuous and truly blurred. Here lived, and still live, the gypsies. The gypsy quarter of Sacromonte, characterized by the traditional white cuevas, it is an unmissable stop to discover the traditional places of flamenco.

In a week you will be able to see a lot and discover the surrounding areas. Here what to see in Granada and surroundings in 7 days!


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  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Granada
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Visit the Alhambra now, a beautiful UNESCO heritage palace / fortress, which will take most of the day to visit. The site can be visited from 8:30 to 20:00, but admission is staggered by days and time slots: book your tickets online well in advance and stick to the indicated entrance time. They are very loyal, woe betide!

The site is immense and it is mainly divided into 3 areas: Palacios Nazaries, the Generalife and the Alcazaba. The Palacio Nazaries is amazed by the marvelous palaces such as the Mexuar, the Palacio de Comares, the Patio de los Arrayanes and the Patio dei Leoni (attention: the visit to the Palacios Nazaríes is limited to the 30-minute interval indicated on the ticket). It continues with the Alcazaba, with the Torre de la Vela and the Palacio de Carlos V. Finally, the Generalife offers huge and splendid gardens with amazing water features.
There are no restaurants on the site, except for a couple of kiosks selling drinks and ice cream, so bring a packed lunch.

Then reach the Mirador San Nicolàs (bus C32 from Puerta de la Justicia, 20 min). The Alhambra seen from here is spectacular. Enjoy sunset and dinner at El Trillo (€ 35,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2 km / 30 min
  • Places visited: Alhambra (€ 14,00), Mirador San Nicolàs (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • ticket for the Alhambra and Generalife with audio guide ticket for the Alhambra and the Palaces of the Nasrids
  • Packed Lunch Lunch, Dinner at El Trillo Restaurante Granada (Get Directions)

2 day

Devote a good part of the morning to Science Park, an interactive museum suitable for everyone. Developed on an area of ​​70.000 square meters, it includes: digital planetarium, botanical paths, astronomy garden and much more (Tue-Sat 10: 00-19: 00, Sun 10: 00-15: 00).
Then take bus 21 to Gran Vía 14 - Catedral e visit the Bañuelo, one of the best preserved Arab baths (hammams) in Andalusia (9: 30-14: 30 and 17: 00-20: 30).

Have lunch at La Tabernilla del Darro (€ 12,00) and set out to reach Dar-al-Horra, one of the finest examples of Moorish art (every day 10: 00-17: 00).
Head to the Sacromonte district (a nice 1km walk via Calle Aljibe de la Gitana), the gypsy neighborhood that sits in the hills overlooking Granada. The Cuevas Museum is interesting which preserves a series of houses built into the rock (from 10:00 to 20:00, ticket € 5,00).

Spend the evening here, in the area that the gypsy community has made the most lively area of ​​Andalusia.
Inside the caves there are many clubs that offer exciting flamenco shows in the caves. Dine at the Jardines de Zoraya, Tablao Flamenco (€ 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,4 km / 1 h 6 min
  • Places visited: Science Park (€ 7,00), Bañuelo (€ 5,00 from Monday to Saturday, free for everyone on Sunday), Dar-al-Horra (€ 3,65), Sacromonte (free), Museo Cuevas (€ 4,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Sacromonte caves: admission ticket to the museum show with dinner at the Sacromonte caves tour of Albaicín, Sacromonte and Museo de las Cuevas
  • Lunch at La Tabernilla del Darro (Get directions), Dinner at Jardines de Zoraya, Tablao Flamenco (Get directions)

3 day

Long walk Paseo de los Tristes, the most romantic and bohemian street of Granada which offers stunning views of the Alhambra and which follows the course of the River Darro winding between the Arab bridges of the Chirimías and the Aljibillo. The official name is Paseo del Padre Manjón. On the way, admire the Casa de las Chirimías, the statue of the gypsy dancer and choreographer Mario Maya, and the Hotel Reuma, the former Hotel Bosquesun, now abandoned and around which a haunted legend hovers.
Keep walking until theAlbaicin ,the Arab quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, from which the city itself has developed.

Lunch at El Huerto de Juan Ranas (€ 50,00).
From Ctra. De Murcia 4 take bus N9 (10 min, 9 stops) and get off at Constitución 4 V.
Visit (guided tour only) the Monastery of San Girolamo, a Renaissance jewel of Granada with a church and two cloisters (10: 00-13: 30 and 16: 00-19: 30). Continue to Carmen de los Mártires, the largest garden in the city (Mon-Fri 10: 0014-00: 18 and 00: 20-00: 10, Sat, Sun and holidays 00: 20-00: ).

Dine at Restaurante Jardines Alberto (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,4 km / 1 h 32 min
  • Places visited: Paseo de los Tristes (free), Casa de las Chirimías (free), Albaicin (free), Monastery of San Girolamo (€ 7,00), Carmen de los Mártires (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • Skip-the-line tour of the Albayzín monuments
  • Lunch at El Huerto de Juan Ranas (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante Jardines Alberto (Get directions)

4 day

Day in Ronda, 170 km from Granada. Reachable in 2 hours and 20 minutes by car via the A-92, with an organized tour (from € 90,00) or by train (AVE2167 - 13951 - ALT9366), almost 3 hours of travel and € 20,00.

Ronda is one of the most visited villages in Andalusia. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it stands on a deep gorge, El Tajo, which divides the old town, in Moorish style, from the new one. The 2 parts are connected by the Puente Nuevo, a spectacular stone bridge under which a very deep canyon opens up at a dizzying height.
In the morning, stroll through Ronda admiring La Ciudad. Start from Puerta de Almocabar (Arab gate dating back to the th century) and visit the Palacio de Mondragon with its sumptuous garden.

Have lunch with Pedro Romero Ronda (€ 50,00).
Visit then Plaza de Toros, one of the most important Spanish arenas (10: 00-19: 00, Monday free from 8:00 to 10:00; Tuesday and Wednesday free from 9:00 to 10:00). Then admire the city in all its beauty from the Ronda Bridge View Point.
Nearby, even just during the journey, admire the Pueblos Blancos perched on the rocks.

In the evening, back in Granada, have dinner at the "El Deseo" restaurant (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 357 km / 4 h 22 min by car including transfer to / from Granada
  • Places visited: El Tajo (free), la Ciudad (free), Palacio de Mondragon (free), Puerta de Almocabar (free), Plaza de Toros (€ 8,00), Ronda Bridge View Point (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 120,00
  • Ronda: Guided Tour from Granada Ronda: Sightseeing Walking Tour Ronda Full-Day Tour from Costa del Sol
  • Lunch at Pedro Romero Ronda (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante "El Deseo" (Get directions)

5 day

Hike in the Sierra Nevada, 35 km from Granada. The best way to explore this area is by renting a car (from € 30,00) or on a 9-hour day trip (€ 38,00 per person).

Enjoy a whole day in nature, in one of the most beautiful landscape areas. You leave in the morning and after half an hour you arrive at the first stop, in the village of Sierra Nevada, where you can leave your car and immerse yourself in its many hiking trails, of various difficulties. If you visit the area in winter, you should know that this is a popular ski resort and you can spend all day skiing.

For lunch, after the morning walk, stop in the village from La Visera (€ 15,00).
Get back in your car and reach Guadix, also called city ​​of cuevas and cave houses, due to its particular architecture. Here, stroll through the Barrio de las Cuevas neighborhood and visit the Alcazaba, the fortress of Arab origin from which you can admire a beautiful view over the whole city.
After the visit, return to Granada for the evening.

End the day with a dinner in a restaurant in the center, we recommend Viacolon (€ 16,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 197 km / 3 h 7 min by car including transfer to / from Granada
  • Places visited: Sierra Nevada (free), Guadix (free), Barrio de las Cuevas (free), Alcazaba de Gaudix (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Sierra Nevada: excursion from Granada Sierra Nevada private 4x4 safari
  • Lunch at La Visera (Get directions), Dinner at Viacolon (Get directions)

6 day

Excursion to Frigiliana and Nerja, two villages located in the easternmost part of the province of Málaga. Accessible by car (100 km, 1 hour via A-44 and A-7) or by organized excursion (from € 99,00). Bus only to Nerya (2 hours 15 min, € 15,00).

Nerja reserves more than anything else naturalistic beauties: the caves of Nerja (9: 30-18: 00) and the Balcón d'Europe, one of the most emblematic places from which to admire the Mediterranean Sea and the spectacular beaches and cliffs.

For lunch, stop at the Posada de Iberica (€ 18,00). Then head towards Frigiliana. As already mentioned there is no public transport; the only solution is to use a taxi (6 km, 5 min, € 7,00).
Frigiliana, on the other hand, offers a more cultural insight into the region. one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Its white houses and its wine and honey culture will transport you back in time. Pass through the old quarter and the Mudejar quarter, from where you can enjoy impressive panoramic views over the Assarquía region.

Upon returning to Granada in the evening, have dinner at Bodegas Castañeda (€ 17,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 200 km / 2 h 30 min by car including transfer to / from Granada
  • Places visited: Nerja caves (€ 13,00), Balcón d'Europe (free), old quarter and Mudejar district of Frigiliana (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 95,00
  • Day Tour to Frigiliana and Nerja from Granada From Granada: Skip the Line to Nerja Cave and Frigiliana
  • Lunch at Posada de Iberica (Get directions), Dinner at Bodegas Castañeda (Get directions)

7 day

About 10 km from Granada, there is a truly spectacular place, the Cahorros del Monachil (by car via A-44 20 min or by bus 0183, 30 min, 19 stops, € 2,00). We recommend reaching it with a guided excursion.
The Cahorros del Monachil is a spectacular landscape of gorges and suspension bridges over the Monachil River. It is one of the most popular routes in the area, offering a circular and low difficulty route (12 km and 3 hours). The narrow path winds along the river between gorges 30 meters high, a spectacular valley where you can feel like Indiana Jones as it passes through tunnels, waterfalls and ancient suspension bridges.

Lunch at the Restaurante El Molino (€ 20,00).
Back in Granada, visit the Catedral de la Encarnación, the building that most represents the Catholic reconquest of Granada, and the Royal chapel where the Catholic Monarchs rest (10: 00-18: 00, Sundays and holidays 15: 00-18: 00).
Finally, stroll around the Bib-Rambla Square, once the square of the ancient Medina and now the main square of Granada. Distinctive elements are the Fontana dei Gigantones and the flower market.

End the day and the trip with a dinner at the Bodega Legado Andalusi (€ 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 10,4 km / 2 h 10 min
  • Places visited: Cahorros del Monachil (free), Cathedral and Capilla Real (€ 5,00), Bib-Rambla square (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • Guided excursion to Los Cahorros de Monachil From Granada: multi-adventure to Monachil Cathedral and Royal Chapel of Granada: 3-hour tour
  • Lunch at Restaurante El Molino (Get directions), Dinner at Bodega Legado Andalusi (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Granada

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Southern Spain it is not a particularly expensive region. Flights to Granada are not really those that are defined as low-cost, but the costs are rebalanced as there are very simple rooms, starting from € 30,00. For those who have no problems spending a little more, the choice is certainly not lacking.

The Alhambra, the main attraction of Granada, despite its importance, fame and beauty, does not cost much, on the contrary (€ 14,00), and consider that you spend more than half a day there! The important thing is to book the day and time of entry online at least one month in advance (even more if it is high season).
Very convenient there Granada card: € 10,50 and allows a single entry to the main monuments of the city and the use of city buses.

For meals the most convenient solution are the dià menus (€ 10,00 / 15,00 offered only for lunch). For dinner there is no shortage of typical restaurants, around € 20,00 / 25,00 and luxury restaurants (from € 50,00). As always, in Spain, ir a tapear (go to tapas) is valid.

  • starting from € 190,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • carriage tour and horse riding colonial of Granada royal chapel, cathedral and monastery of San Jerón ticket to the Alhambra and the Palaces of the Nasrids
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 785,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Granada: Mediterranean climate with very hot summers. In order to visit the city with ease, the mid-seasons and even the winter, milder than ours, are perfect. The strictly hot summer months are not recommended - find out more
  • Federico García Lorca airport is only 15 km from Granada which can be reached by bus of the Autocares José González company (€ 3,00, 45 min) or by taxi (€ 25,00 / 30,00)
  • the historic center is the best choice for comfort, services and atmosphere; in very authentic Albaicín, there are fewer offers than in the center but with great prices; Beiro is the university district, economic but it is necessary to use the means
  • Getting around: walking is the best way; very efficient buses running from 6:30 to 23:00 (24:00 on weekends), single ticket € 1,10 - find out more
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