What to see in Granada

Author: joquerollo

Granada Places And Charm, Spain


Facing the Alhambra and through the Darro river, the Arab neighborhood of Albaicín is characterized by elegant residences with flowery gardens, white cottages and narrow streets, making it one of Granada’s most fascinating places; today it is a residential area with a splendid view of the Generalife and the top of the Sierra Nevada.

Walking the Albaicín along the streets of the “teterías”, do not forget to taste the great Arab tea served with perfumed tobacco. Going up the fast lanes of this district and passing by the picturesque churches of Saint Christopher and Saint Bartholomew, you arrive at the ‘Mirador de San Nicolás’, from where you can watch the sunset as the sun becomes fiery red over the Alhambra.

Carrera del  Darro

From Plaza Nueva the Carrera del Darro leads to the Albaicín. A course that has the river and the Alhambra on the right, reaching the beautiful Plaza Santa Ana with the minaret of the old mosque enclosed by the bell-tower, the Arab baths, and the Renaissance-like Casa de Castril and its interesting Archeology Museum.

At the end of the Carrera del Darro you enter the Paseo de los Tristes. You pass by small bridges and leave behind the noise of the city; let this Paseo (Walkway) welcome you with its bars and restaurants, seat in the open and look back on the fortifications of the Alhambra. You turn back in time!

A little below, on the river banks, the Church of Saint Peter, shows by the building gate a sculpture of the saint with the keys to Heaven and the image of an armed Saint Paul.

Royal Chapel

A splendid Gothic monument in the Granada Cathedral, it is he most important Christian building in the city. It guards the tomb of the Catholic Kings, Isabel de Castilla and Fernando de Aragón, who wanted to rest in a glorious place to keep their prestige alive.

Since 1506 the Chapel saw the work of masters like Gil de Hontañón, Juan de Badajoz el Viejo and Lorenzo Vázquez. Also of great interest, the internal museum of the sacristy keeps the crown and scepter of the kings and different Flemish, Spanish and Italian works.   

Mestieri, 3


Opening hours
November to March
Monday to Saturday from 10:15 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
Sunday and holidays from 11:00 to 13:30 and from 15:30 to 19:30

April to October
Monday to Saturday from 10:15 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
Sunday and holidays from 11:00 to 13:30 and from 15:30 to 19:30

€3.50 (includes entrance to the Museum of the Royal Chapel)

La Madraza

Inserted in the complex housing the new university, the Madraza is the building of the old Islamic university of Granada: it maintains a suggestive octagonal room with multicolor stucco and a decorated cupola for prayer. Today it has been quite remodeled, but it is worthwhile to immerse oneself in the atmosphere of one of the most important cultural centers in the continent, which in the 14th Century was a true crossroads for students and philosophers from every origin and race. It is next to the Royal Chapel. 

Oficios, 14

Arab Baths 

The baths of the Bañuelo de Granada go back to the 11th Century and are probably the oldest works of Moslem Granada. Inspired by the Roman baths, they have remained almost intact to this day; their recent restoration now presents them complete with columns, oil lamps, and marble capitals and floors. The Arab baths of Baza are a brilliant example of urban baths: some believe they predate the more famous Bañuelo de Granada. The ‘hot room’ has splendid oil lamps in the shape of a Star of David. 

Carrera del Darro, 31

Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00
closed on holidays




A bit beyond the Royal Chapel there is the old silk market of Muslim Granada. Today it is reminiscent of Oriental suks, with narrow alleys and many Moorish decorations; recommended for both business and tourism, for those who want a characteristic souvenir of the city like tapestry of good fabrics.

Corrál del Carbòn  

It is an ancient Arab market going back to the Nazari dynasty. Used by merchants for the storage of cereals and different types of merchandise, it looks like the only building with these characteristics that has survived in all of Spain. During Christian rule it was assigned as a coal deposit. Its splendid Arab façade today houses the Tourist Office and different craft shops.

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If you are looking for Andalusian flamenco, then a must stop are the partying and dancing at the caves of Sacromonte or the stage presentations at the ‘tablaos’. Since the 1700s, every night the Gypsy population of Granada celebrates this tradition, entertaining and involving visitors who have the occasion of attending a unique event of deserved international fame. When you leave the hills of you will be able to admire the beautiful abbey of the same name.

Camino del Sacromonte, 4


Opening hours
Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00
Sunday from 16:00 to 18:00

Entrance €3.00

To get there
Bus No. 34


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