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One Day In Granada, Spain – Things To Do

    Visiting Granada, we were struck by the number and height of the mountains in Andalusia, which otherwise in Europe can only be found in the Swiss Alps in such concentration. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountain tops, often covered with a powder sugar layer of snow, lies Granada, a town which astounded us. If you only stay one day in Granada, Spain, you shouldn’t miss the following sites.

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    Must See On One Day In Granada, Spain

    The Castles And Fortress Of Alhambra

    The town tries to bridge the needs as an international university town, a provincial capital, a home to a quarter of a million people and more than two million people a year visiting its Moorish remnants of it’s past, the castle and fortress complex of Alhambra. It is the most famous of all the places to visit in Granada, Spain.

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    Book your online Ticket for Alhambra here at least two months before your visit!

    Not being a Muslim emir living in Granada of medieval times, either indefinite patience to get into the castle or a good hand full of money to pass the lines of keen visitors to the palace is needed, which we, to be honest, both lacked. We enjoyed a stroll in the rest of the fortress and the gardens full of blooming flowers and flowing water, giving us an insight of these early architects astonishing skills.

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    Our recommendations for your Alhambra journey:

    Most famous of all the places to visit in Granada, Spain: Alhambra

    Visit Granada Spain ‘s Moorish Part: The Albaicin

    The most beautiful part of Granada is the Albaicin, the Moorish area of the city and the oldest part of Granada. Most of it is car-free.

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    Cobble-stone paths squeeze through tiny passages of old townhouses up to the top of the hill, which lies opposite the Moorish Palace, offering a breathtaking view of Alhambra.

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    Arabic Bazaar, Alcaiceria

    Several little squares lined with tapas bars, teterias (tea rooms) and restaurants, churches, museums, small theaters invite to spend just a little more time on the lively streets of Albaicin. Not to forget the Arabic Bazaar, Alcaiceria, bursting with souvenir stalls along the Calle Acaiceria selling a variety of Arabic craftwork such as the fajalauza (traditional local painted ceramics), taracea (wooden inlay, in items such as desks, chessboards, or trinket boxes), and typical granadino farolas (stained-glass lamps).

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    Granada, Spain

    Getting Around In Granada

    Of course, there are more places worthwhile to visit in Granada in the more modern part of the town. A little tourist train takes visitors around comfortably even with mobile WiFi and an app to download for more information.

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    What We Didn’t Like About Granada

    There is not much to fault about Granada. Obviously, a busy city like Granada has its share of beggars, gypsy women wanting to read your future and pick-pockets. But city council could do more towards cleaning up their less touristy streets and to install public toilets in parks as the whiff of urine in some of them hangs heavily in the air.

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    What We Liked In Granada

    We liked the lively squares with infinite tapas bars and restaurants filled with street musicians and artists, the mix of Arabian and Spanish culture and the stunning setting of Granada in middle of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    What we’d do better on a future visit to Granada

    1. We’d plan our visit to Granada off-season and would book our tickets online for Alhambra well in advance (min. 2 months), biting the bullet to pay extra for skipping the line.
    2. One day isn’t enough to experience the grand city. We’d definitively stay at least three days.Granada, Spain
    3. We stayed in a budget hotel close to Albaicin, the old part of Granada. It wasn’t bad, but if we’d booked earlier, we might have been able to find accommodation in the middle of Albaicin.
    4. Ask a local where they go’ is the best advice, looking for a restaurant. We just dropped in and were disappointed about the food and the prices on two occasions. Also here we’d prepare better next time.
    5. We didn’t pay enough attention and drove into a bus and taxi only road, just following the GPS to our hotel. It caused us a 60€ fine.

    How To Get To Granada, Spain

    You can fly to Granada, but it’s usually quite pricey. Málaga to Granada is only 130 kilometers. It may be a cheaper choice to fly to Málaga instead. Rental cars and public transport are available and the drive is beautiful. If you rent a car, you should read our rental car guide first, to avoid a nasty experience as we had.

    To continue your Europe journey, the airport of Málaga is a great base, too. We found a flight to Norway for our upcoming house sit in Lillehammer for only 80 €! Check here for cheap flights to and from Spain.

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    Our Further Experiences In Andalusia, Spain

    Visiting Granada, Spain, you’ll hopefully have the opportunity to tour further parts of Andalusia. Here you find more inspiration for your itinerary:

    Do you like ancient architecture and want to travel Portugal, too? Read also about the Castles, Palaces, and Gardens of Sintra in Portugal.

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