What to see in Granada in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Granada is a charming city in southern Spain, a place with an Arab-Muslim imprint combining different cultures and architectural styles. The city retains in its main attractions long stories of foreign domains and royal families and what you will encounter in the streets is a pleasant mix of cultures and styles different to be discovered. Here what to see in Granada in 3 days.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Basilica of San Giovanni di Dio, Monastery of San Geronimo

The first day you begin to visit a part of the historic center starting from the Basilica of San Giovanni di Dio. The area can be reached by bus 25 to San Juan de Dios 7 and when you arrive you can stop for breakfast at Gamipan's which offers a wide choice of brioches and other sweets for less than € 1,00.

Immediately after, enter the Basilica (admission € 4,00) and discover the beautiful Baroque Church dedicated to the patron saint of Granada, John of God. From the outside it might look like nothing special, just towers, spiers and niches, but when you are inside you will be amazed by the gold color which predominates over everything and from a series of statues, sculptures, paintings and other works of art.

Only 100 meters from the Basilica is the Monastery of San Geronimo (admission € 4,00) an Augustinian building dedicated to San Girolamo di Stridone. The style of the structure is Gothic and features a Latin cross, vaults and side chapels, an elevated priestly choir and a large altar placed at the top of a staircase.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Plaza de Bib-Rambla, Alcaicería Market, Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel

From the monastery in about 10 minutes on foot you will arrive at Plaza de Bib-Rambla and along the way you can stop at the Botánico Café, a restaurant offering natural and organic preparations for a lunch at an average cost of € 15,00.

Then continue towards the central square of an important commercial and historical point of the city, full of terraces, flower sellers, street artists, trees and benches, surrounded by th century buildings. Here the atmosphere is truly authentic. Crossing the square you reach the Cathedral of Granada passing through an area rich in history and culture that hosts the Alcaiceria market. This market was originally the city's silk market, where still today there are stalls of Arab silk as well as spices and valuable handicrafts.

When you have arrived at the Granada Cathedral you can enter for € 5,00 to admire the sixteenth-century Renaissance style mixed perfectly with Gothic details in one large structure 115 meters long and 67 wide. To complete the visit of the Cathedral you cannot miss it the Royal Chapel where the royal family of Granada was buried. Here the entrance is free!

3 - Evening: Dinner, Calle Elvira

At the end of the visits, head towards Calle Elvira, again in a few minutes on foot, stopping for dinner at the Babel World Fusion Bar, a typical tapas bar serving mixed dishes of typical Spanish appetizers and a good selection of hot sandwiches. Dinner will also cost you around € 15,00.

After having recharged, to end the first day, reach Calle Elvira, known for being the longest street in Granada, full of shops and night clubs ideal for spending a few hours of relaxation and fun!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 20 min
  • Places visited: Basilica of San Giovanni di Dio, Monastery of San Geronimo, Plaza de Bib-Rambla, Alcaicería Market, Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel, Calle Elvira
  • Alhambra: Guided Tour from Malaga From Madrid: 5-Day Tour of Andalusia, Toledo, Cáceres Alhambra and Granada Day Tour from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria
  • Breakfast at Gamipan's (Get directions), Lunch at Botánico Café (Get directions), Dinner at Bar Babel World Fusión (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Alhambra complex

The morning is dedicated entirely to the medieval Alhambra complex with all the facilities it includes, unmissable stops during a trip to Granada. The area can be reached by bus C30 or C32 to Porta de la Justicia. You can have breakfast at the Especia Restaurant, the only restaurant in the complex, with coffee and croissants for around € 4,00.

Entrance to the entire complex costs € 15,00 and includes the Alcazaba, the Nazaries Palaces, the Palace of Charles V and Generalife which, however, will be visited in the afternoon. Tickets must be booked in advance choosing the visiting time as only 300 visitors per hour are accepted. When you enter you will be amazed by this city within the city and by numerous structures decorated in Moorish style, with marble columns and floors, precious wooden ceilings, walls with engravings and arched vaults with geometric figures. The visit of the complex usually starts from the Alcazaba, the oldest area represented by this Arab fortress which was the military area of ​​Alhambra surrounded by truly impassable defensive walls and guard towers. It then continues with the Nazaries Palaces which are the Mexuard, the Palacio de Comares and the Palacio de los Leones. These palaces are a collection of elegant and opulent structures in bright colors and bright consisting of large courtyards and various rooms that at the time were the administrative part of the city divided into public places for citizens and private places reserved for royalty, the Nasrid sultans. Finally, the Palazzo Carlo V, a Renaissance building from 1527 designed by a student of Michelangelo. Inside, the Alhambra Museum has been established and created an impressive courtyard with two colonnaded galleries which is certainly the most striking part of the building.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Generalife, Palacio de los Còrdova

Lunch will also take place in the Especia Restaurant which, as we have already said, is the only restaurant in the Alhambra complex, in any case successful and very satisfying. A meal costs around € 25,00 to enjoy excellent Spanish dishes and huge pots of paella.

At the end of the stop it is time to visit Generalife or the beautiful ornamental gardens, the botanical garden and the summer palace of the Nasrid sultans. Remember that admission is included in the Alhambra ticket. Strolling through these gardens is truly relaxing and enjoyable, a real pleasure for sight and smell that can admire swimming pools, fountains, courtyards and colorful aromatic and fragrant plants. The palace remains consistent with the Moorish style of the whole complex with colored marbles, columns and mosaics.

When you have finished exploring Generalife, the visit of Alhambra, then take the C32 bus and move to the Palacio de los Còrdova (free admission) getting off at the Cuesta del Chapiz - Peso de la Harina stop. To stay on topic, you will visit another one structure belonging to the Muslim Granada with a mixed architecture of various styles. The façade is in fact Renaissance, while in the courtyard you can find Gothic elements, columns and mythological representations. The exterior, on the other hand, is surrounded by gardens and orchards with a beautiful view of the entire Alhambra hill.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Sacromonte

For dinner you are near the good restaurant Mirador de Morayma which offers Mediterranean cuisine based on fish served with tasty and well decorated dishes, but above all at really cheap prices. A two-course dinner costs an average of 25,00 per person.

Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and when you are ready take bus C34 to Sacromonte 39 stop (or alternatively walk for 10 minutes). You will arrive in the infamous gypsy quarter known as Sacromonte. Here the choice between the various night clubs is really wide, from pubs with live music to discos to let loose, but above all clubs that offer performances of flamenco, a typical Spanish dance.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,2 km / 1 h 13 min
  • Places visited: Alhambra Complex (Alcazaba, Nazaries Palaces and Charles V Palace), Generalife, Palacio de los Còrdova, Sacromonte
  • Granada: Flamenco Show at Sacromonte Caves Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces: Skip-the-Line Alhambra & Generalife: Skip-the-Line Access & Guided Tour Granada: Alhambra Complex Guided Tour
  • Breakfast and lunch at Especia Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Mirador de Morayma (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Charterhouse of Granada

The last day in Granada we will move to different areas of the city but very calmly. We leave with the C34 bus to the Certosa of Granada, stopping at Real de Cartuja 42 where the Cartuja Cafeteria is located for a rich breakfast with coffee and a wide choice of sweets to start the day in the best way at a cost of about € 3,00. .

Immediately afterwards, walk for 8 minutes to the Charterhouse of Granada, one of the most important religious monuments in Andalusia. Admission is free and it is a monastic complex of the Carthusian order formed by a church and monastery built in the sixteenth century which later became one of the greatest examples of Baroque architecture in Spain. Entering the surrounding walls opens a beautiful paved path in the classic Granadino style with black and white pebbles arranged in a pattern which then leaves room for sumptuous Baroque coverings decorated with white stucco and gilded designs.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Albayzin

For lunch, first take the C34 bus to the Albayzin district where there are several restaurants of all kinds. Getting off at the Pages - Centro Dia Mayores Albaicin stop, for example, you will find yourself right next to the Pañero Restaurant which offers quick meals, especially fish, and at cheap prices (around € 15,00 per person).

When you have finished you can walk through the streets of this splendid and fascinating neighborhood declared a World Heritage Site. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of long and narrow alleys typical of Arab architecture and admire the terraces and courtyards you will encounter along the way. There is no shortage of souvenir shops, bars, craft shops, churches and remnants of past ages. Spend the whole afternoon shopping, relaxing in a garden or enjoying a nice aperitif overlooking the Alhambra hill.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Mirador San Nicolas

In the evening stay in the area in the same neighborhood and for dinner we recommend the Jardines de Zoraya Tablao restaurant which offers both fish and meat specialties and tapas at will for a cost of about € 20,00 per person. Here also very often evenings with live music and bands of all kinds are organized or flamenco shows, ideal for spending the rest of the evening. But before the shows begin, don't forget to walk to the Mirador San Nicolas, a vantage point from which you have a beautiful night view over the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,4 km / 1h 42 min
  • Places visited: Charterhouse of Granada, Albaizyn, Mirador San Nicolas
  • Granada: Albayzin tour and flamenco show
  • Breakfast at Cartuja Cafeteria (Get directions), Lunch at Pañero Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Jardines de Zoraya Tablao (Get directions)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Granada: the best period is from March to September for the pleasantly warm and breezy climate, also in June there is Corpus Christi, a religious festival that involves the whole city with parades and activities of all kinds. However, winter can also be a good time to visit Granada, not so much for the weather but for the succession of parties between January and February such as Dia de los Reyes and Carnival - find out more
  • the airport which is only 10 km from the center and can be reached in less than half an hour with the airport shuttle service at a cost of € 3,00 or by taxi, which however require at least € 25,00 Often the cheapest flights departing from Italy are to the nearby Seville and Malaga from which it is still easy to reach the city. Bus from Malaga: cost € 11,50 / travel time: 1 hour and 30 - Train from Seville: cost € 20,00 / travel time: 3 hours. Flights starting from € 109,00 -
  • in the city center and the Beiro district. The first solution offers the convenience of being already close to the main attractions to visit and a wide choice of hotels and hostels with various price ranges. The Beiro district, on the other hand, is located in the north of the city, a bit far from the center but still well served by transport. This is a very quiet and also economical area compared to other more populated and central areas. Hotel and b & b starting from € 24,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot to better enjoy the city with its long historic streets. For longer journeys, the most used and also the cheapest means of transport is the bus (single journey costs € 1,10 - 9 travel booklet € 5,50 - 20 travel booklet € 11,00). A valid alternative is the tourist train which costs € 8,00 per day and € 12,00 for two days. The validity of the ticket starts from the departure and ends when the tour is complete, offering the possibility to get on and off whenever you want in a series of stops in the areas of greatest interest - find out more
  • Currency: EUR
  • Language: Spanish
  • Entry documents: valid identity card or passport

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