When you think of Granada, the first thing that comes to mind is the magnificent Alhambra, the Moorish palace that is the most popular tourist attraction in all of Spain.
But Granada has more to offer than just the Alhambra, so build some extra time into your itinerary so you can enjoy the other sites to see in this spectacular city, which has been enchanting visitors for centuries.
Here is a list of some of the things to see during your stay in Granada:
The Alhambra – 14th C. Moorish palace. For more information, click here
The Generalife – the summer retreat of the sultans. The glory of this 13th C. palace is its gardens and courtyards. For more information, click here
Capilla Real – adjoining the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel was founded by the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragón, specifically to serve as their final resting place. The art contained in the chapel, the beauty of the tombs and their historical importance make this one of the most moving sights in Spain. For more information, click here
Catedral – the Cathedral was commissioned by Carlos V after the Capilla Real was completed. It is the creation of some of the greatest architects of its time. For more information, click here
Cartuja de Granada – Carthusian Monastery begun in 1516 and built over 3 centuries
Convento de San Jerónimo – a richly decorated monastery built by the Catholic Monarchs in 1496
Albaicín – the old Moorish quarter is a maze of twisting alleys, containing a mix of dilapidated white-washed houses and immaculate private villas with splendid patios inside
Sacromonte – visit Granada’s gypsy district to see the restored caves that have been authentically reconstructed, and take in one of the famous flamenco shows
Mirador San Nicolás – a lookout post that attracts many at sunset to see the unbeatable views of the Alhambra and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range
Book a private tour! You may want to consider booking a private tour with an English-speaking guide. Your personal guide can provide you with information on the city and its historic sites. For more information, click here.
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