City guide: Granada, Spain | Private jet charter
Enjoying a superb location in southern Spain, below the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is an exceptional choice for a weekend getaway. From the iconic Alhambra fortress, to the UNESCO-listed neighbourhood of Albaicín, Granada offers visitors a rich historical legacy. Add to the mix some of the best cuisine in Spain, festivals every month of the year and reliably good weather, and you have one of the most exciting cities in Spain to visit.
Top five must-see sights and attractions
The Alhambra is Granada’s most iconic attraction and a stunning architectural achievement combining Moorish and Renaissance influences. Located on a rocky outcrop on the banks of the River Darro, the grand 14th century Palacios Nazaries is the centrepiece to a vast fortress complex and gardens.
Located on a hillside opposite the Alhambra, the intriguing Albaicín neighbourhood’s winding streets and charming squares are ideal for a morning’s meander. Originally the site of a Roman fortress, the area later became home to the Moors.
Stop for a mint tea and cake in one of the many cafes and enjoy the atmosphere in this charming neighbourhood.
Watching professional flamenco dancers is a must during your visit to Granada. And the best place to experience this home-bred talent is in the Sacromonte ‘cave’ neighbourhood high above Granada. These homes cut into the rock were originally made by the Moors who fled the inner city in 1492.
There are many traditional cave venues (zambras) among the local bars and cafes, including Los Tarantos which is known for its Zambra style flamenco, Venta El Gallo, and Zambra Maria La Canastera. Pena la Plateria is another favourite club, located in the Moorish Albaicín neighbourhood.
The Alcaiceria Bazaar once spread over a wide area around the Plaza Bib-Rambla and the Plaza Nueva. Today this former Moorish silk market-turned market is centered on the Calle Alcaiceria located near the cathedral and is one of Granada’s most popular tourist attractions.
Walk among the narrow souk-like streets and stalls, and prepare to bargain for painted ceramics (fajalauza), wooden artefacts, stained glass lamps (granadino farolas) and other traditional Arab crafts, as well as herbs and spices, henna, and sweet and savoury treats.
Located on Cerro del Sol hill, the exquisite UNESCO-listed Generalife Gardens were part of a summer palace. Muhammed II ordered the creation of the palace and gardens in the 13th century and they have been added to ever since and completed in 1951 under the guidance of Francisco Prieto Moreno.
At one time the Generalife palace and gardens were connected – across the ravine – to the Alhambra by a covered walkway. Now one of the most admired Moorish gardens in Spain, the terraced walkways – many of them designed with a pebble mosaic – and water gardens are a tranquil retreat from the tourist hordes at the Alhambra.
Once in Granada, taxis can be hailed in the street and there are many taxi ranks across the city. The historic heart of Granada is best explored on foot – especially since there are traffic restrictions – and only one car park in the old town on Calle Santa Isable La Real. For further information on Granada, head to the main tourist office at 9, Plaza del Carmen.
Best time to visit
Generally the best times to visit Granada are in May and June when temperatures are pleasant. The city’s flowers are in full bloom and visitors can enjoy Granada’s cultural offerings including the Feria del Corpus Christi and the International Festival of Music and Dance.
The summer months of July and August tend to be very hot and not conducive to walking around the sights. Even the locals take off to cooler climes during the heat. September and October are ideal months to visit Granada when the weather is more forgiving, while during winter crowds are significantly less in number but there is likely to be more rain.
Arab and Spanish influences have shaped this beautiful Andalusian city into an enigmatic destination. As famous for its tapas as much as its traditional flamenco heritage, Granada boasts several UNESCO Heritage Sights including the magnificent Alhambra and the Moorish Albaicín neighbourhood.
Granada’s location at the foot of the impressive Sierra Nevada range make it a compelling year-round destination that offers trekking, skiing and mountain biking alongside stunning Moorish architecture.
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