Granada Travel Guide // Spain

May 11, 2018 Granada, Spain

Granada Spain Travel Guide

If you haven't explored Southern Spain yet, what's wrong with you? Granada is a must see stop in Spain. Here are few recommendations to change your mind and incorporate Granada on your trip's itinerary!

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Granada is located in Spain's Andalusia region at the foothill of the highest mountain in Europe, the Sierra Nevada. If you're not familiar with Granada's history let me break it down for you, this city dates back since 5500 B.C. The Moors ruled Granada for centuries and you can see that Arabic influence everywhere. European and Muslim cultures blend in this incredible city that creates that unique vibe. You can definitely tell once your there, it reflects on the architecture, food, but also the culture.

Departing Ibiza and on our way to Granada, I couldn't wait to see what this city had in store. There was something about this city that I just instantly connected to, I don't what it was but I just felt at home here. First off, our hotel was absolutely dreamy and perfect in every way. I have all the info on where to stay in Granada, as you continue to read this post! The culture in this part of Spain was my favorite, it's very different from what you get in the most touristy cities like Barcelona and Madrid. The vibe of this city is very laid back but lively at the same time with it's culture.

We had a walking tour with out lovely local guide Paco, and he was the funniest guide I ever met. He was very informative when sharing the history of this city and also sharing fun facts of the places he showed us. Two days wasn't enough for me, I could've stayed here way longer. That just means I need to come back soon. Here are some recommendations on what to do whenever your visiting Granada, if this post doesn't convince you, I don't know what will!

Visit the Alhambra.
The Alhambra is one of Granada's main attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason. Once you walk in you are stunned with amazing Moorish architecture, gorgeous gardens, detailed art, and jay dropping views of the city. You can honestly stay there for hours wandering around and admiring everything. I do recommend getting your tickets in advance since many visitors tend to come to Granda just for the Alhambra. There are guides to take you around and give you a more in depth look of it's history or you can just go around by yourself.

Alhambra Granada Spain

Granada Spain Travel Guide

Alhambra Granada Spain

Alhambra Granada Spain

Granada Spain Travel Guide

Alhambra Granada Spain

Alhambra Granada Spain

Walk Around The Albayzín.
Narrow maze like streets make up the Albayzin. You can find many hidden quaint streets but the best part is the amazing lookout of the city! This neighborhood was built on hill and you're also able to see the Alhambra from here. You can dine in the many cafes/restaurants there, stroll pass the small souk, shop the local market, or just sit and take in the amazing views.

Granada Spain Viewpoint

Albayzin Granada Spain

Albayzin Granada Spain

Albayzin Granada Spain

Contiki Spanish Spree

Albayzin Granada Spain

Granada Spain Things to do

Street Art.
There are awesome street art throughout this city that is gorgeous! As a New Yorker, I can appreciate some good street art and loved the pops of color and detailing of murals while I was exploring around. Don't forget to snap a picture when you see some street art, it's a fun backdrop for photos!

Granada Spain Street Art

Granada Spain Street Art

Granada Spain Street Art

Granada Cathedral.
The Capilla Real dates back to 1521 and houses the tombs to Spain's Catholic monarchs. The architecture on the outside is impressive but on the inside it's on another level! I suggest visiting this cathedral when in Granada.

Capilla Real Cathedral Granada Spain

Dining Experience.
Granada has an eclectic food selection scene and I was obsessed! If you want to give tapas/Spanish food a rest for a bit, you need to go to the many Arab restaurants located in this city! I've mentioned before that prior to going on this Spain trip, I was actually in Morocco for a bit. I came across this one restaurant that made me feel like I was already back. A friend and I decided to have lunch here and would highly recommend checking it out! From the decor, the service, and food, Grupo Meknes restaurant did not disappoint. If you can't make it to Morocco, this restaurant will give those vibes all the way!

Granada Spain Dining

Granada Spain food

Contiki Spanish Spree

City Walks.
On foot there's so much to see from the city center to the little shops. The Alcaiceria and Kasbah are my favorite little alleyways with tons of shops. I'm a huge supporter of buying things from locals and here is where to go and do that. There's so many beautiful, unique things here and I wanted to buy literally everything. Too bad my suitcase didn't have that much room because I think I would've shopped till I dropped here. 

Granada Spain Shopping

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Granada Spain Streets

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Granada Spain Streets

Granada Spain Streets

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Granada Spain Streets

Accommodation.
One of my favorite hotels that we stayed in during the Spain trip had to be this one! I have a full detailed blog post on this hotel so (click here) if you want to know more about this accommodation!

Granada Spain hotel review


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Have you ever visited Granada, Spain?

45 comments

  1. Incredible photos - you've got a great eye for photography! I was in Spain a number of years ago with family, but we went to Madrid and Barcelona. This looks like a great reason to return!! The street art looks awesome, as does the cathedral. Lots to see :)

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    1. Thank you so much for that compliment! Yes you have to go back soon :)

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  2. Oh, these pictures!!! Granada was a stop in the Spain road trip itinerary we planned right before I found out I was pregnant! still dreaming to go there one day!

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    1. Oh wow, hopefully you can bring your child with you guys the next time you go!

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  3. Awesome architectures!! These pictures are so beautiful and amazing. Granada seems like perfect and interesting holiday destination.

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    1. Thank you Anjali, Granada is for sure a go to destination!

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  4. I so wanna visit Granada for its amazing culture and food and the Alhambra is definitely on the list.

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  5. Granada looks wonderful, your photography was beautiful. Spain is amazing and I would've to return to explore this area.

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  6. The place looks enchanting. The architect looks amazing and the food looks delicious. It will be a dream to go and travel there.

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  7. You take the most beautiful photos. So much detail. I feel like I am actually in Granada with you. I am so happy you had a great time. I have never been to Granada, but now I feel inspired to travel there because of your blog post.

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    1. Aw thank you so much! Your comment means so much to me.

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  8. The South of Spain really is something special - your pictures capture its energy and colours so perfectly. What a beautiful experience you had. Thanks for sharing it :)

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  9. It looks stunning. So quaint, just like out of a fairy tale. I hope to get there in real life one day.

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  10. love the architecture. it is really refreshing to visit a place even if through reading posts like this. my hope is to be there, too, in time.

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  11. This looks like such an amazing trip and moment in your life. The photos are well taken and beautiful, too!

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  12. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Spain. Thanks for the great guide and photos on Granada!

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  13. how beautiful! i would love to visit it one day! Granada looks incredible!

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  14. I would love to go and visit Granada. Thank you for the travel guide.

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  15. This is absolutely gorgeous! Totally adding this to our list of places to travel too. Thanks for sharing this girl!

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  16. I absolutely loved Granada, Spain! It was even more dramatic and magical than I could have imagined!

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  17. Your pictures are breathtaking! I feel as if no words can qualify them. They give life to your post. I've always loved Spain. Though I've never been there. Do wish I can someday, soon.

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  18. The architecture looks so amazing. I love all the little details. Must have been amazing experience x

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  19. The best way to relive a travel experience is by way of looking at the pictures and reading the blog. You actually took us to this place with you.

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  20. Woah!! Such beautiful pics. Such a nice place. Would love to travel this place someday!!

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  21. Goood opions and you have impressive pictures that makes me want to go tomrrow and travel to every place in the list.

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  22. Your photos are really stunning beautiful and Spain are one of my dream places to visit because Ia'm fan of La casa de papel Lol HAHAHAHA.

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  23. Cannot wait to start traveling again! Thank you for the beautiful pictures to hold me over till I can explore Spain!

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  24. you captured spain beautifully. i can't wait to go

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  25. You are making us jealous of your trip, it is a beautiful place! Wishing that I could teleport and visit Granada.

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  26. We went to Cordoba last vacay but Granada is so high on our list! Your post makes it look amazing! :)

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  27. Beautiful pictures. This looks like it would be a great vacation adventure.

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  28. Your pictures are so dope & the place too :)

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  29. Granada looks like paradise and it sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I feel like it very trpoical, maybe that is only me?

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  30. These photos look amazing! Granada looks like a wonderful place to visit. Thank you for sharing your adventure!

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  31. That looks like a great place to visit. So lovely and elegant!

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