In Granada, Spain

How to spend a day in the extraordinary city of Granada…

Just 2.5 hours from Sevilla or 1.5 hours from Malaga on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains lies the small Andalusian city of Granada. It is known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. Granada displays monuments of Islamic architecture and one of the best-preserved palaces of the historic Islamic world.

Its most famous site, the Alhambra, is a complex whose construction begun in 1238 by Muhammad I Ibn al-Ahmar, the first Nasrid emir and founder of the Emirate of Granada, the last Muslim state of Al-Andalus. During the Nasrid era, the Alhambra was a self-contained city separate from the rest of Granada below. It contained most of the amenities of a Muslim city such as a Friday mosque, hammams, roads, houses, artisan workshops, a tannery, and a sophisticated water supply system. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Buy tickets online here: Alhambra Visit Tickets.

Somewhere between a fairytale and a history book lies the beautiful Alhambra Castle in Granada, Spain.

After you’re done exploring the Alhambra Castle head over to Mirador de San Nicolás for the most spectacular sunset views of the castle at a distance. If you’re hungry by now head over to Restaurante Carmen Verde Luna for delicious food with great views of the Alhambra. Skip the food at EL BALCON DE SAN NICOLAS SL, the views are the very best but the food is not the best (the drinks are good though).

As a plus, there’s live music to pair with these astounding views.
Map of Alhambra

We did spend the bulk of our day in la Alhambra but Granada has much more to offer. The Catedral de Granada is a beautiful site, and the city streets have nothing to envy from Madrid’s famous streets.

I do wish we would have had 1 more night in Granada to be able to see more of the city without rush. But we came here for the Alhambra and it did not disappoint…

Sunset view of the Alhambra

I want to share our cute and cozy Airbnb (also with amazing hosts): Granada Apartment.

For itineraries on Granada’s two largest neighboring cities click here: Malaga and Sevilla.
For even more Spanish cities click here: Madrid, Barcelona, Nerja, Ronda, Toledo.

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