Discovering the Alhambra
Upon arrival, there is the question of what to do in Granada. A must is to visit the Alhambra. Discover the castle and the fortress, which is in turn a royal palace and a city. It was the jewel of the Nasrid kingdom that once covered all of Almeria, Malaga and Granada, as well as part of other provinces. It is the most visited monument in Spain and a World Heritage Site.
Recently, the restoration of the wonderful Fountain of the Lions has been completed and can be seen in the Nasrid Palaces.
Enjoy its magnificent architecture, its delicious decoration or its many gardens, fountains and patios. From its location you can see beautiful views of Granada, the Albaicín and Sierra Nevada.
In addition, each month, the Alhambra Management chooses an area that is normally closed to the public, and opens its doors for visitors to enjoy it only during that period.
Get lost in their neighborhoods and squares
Stroll through the Albaicín, an old Arab quarter that stretches along the hill of the Alhambra and the hill of San Cristóbal, Sacromonte and Elvira street.
In the Sacromonte you can see the varied geography of Granada: mountain, valley and rivers, and a rich ethnic variety: Arabs, Jews, Castilians and Gypsies, installed in the houses-caves.
The Realejo, the old Jewish quarter of the Muslim city, has unique streets and the famous “Campo del Príncipe” square.
Do not forget to visit Plaza Nueva, the oldest square in Granada. Located between the city center and the Carrera del Darro street. Or walk through Bib-Rambla square, right in the city center and near the cathedral, where you will find its flower market.
Climbing to the viewpoints
From its different viewpoints you can see the city and Sierra Nevada. The best known is the viewpoint of San Nicolás, a meeting point for tourists and locals. Beautiful views of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada are mixed with the sound of guitars.
Higher up is the viewpoint of San Miguel Alto, at its foot is the entire city and the valley called “La Vega de Granada”.
Another different view of the Arab wall and the Palace of Dar Al-Horra is in the viewpoint of San Cristóbal.
Dare to discover many other viewpoints between its squares and streets, such as the Placeta Carvajales, the Eye of Granada or the viewpoint of the Vereda de Enmedio.
Enjoy a flamenco show
In the neighborhood of Sacromonte, there are “zambras”, where flamenco shows are held inside the caves; also in the Albaicín there are restaurants with dance shows.
Flamenco is composed of “cante” (singing), “toque” (playing guitar) and “baile” (dance), was developed in Andalusia and is influenced by Arab, Jewish and Christian culture.
The most famous places are the Zoraya Gardens, the Venta del Gallo or the Cueva de los Tarantos.
You already have the answer to what to do in Granada and not miss out on the best that this wonderful city has to offer.
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