Granada - Top Ten

Back lighting splendor in the Generalife gardens.  © Michelle Chaplow
Back lighting splendor in the Generalife gardens.

We've put together a top ten list - if you're short of time in Granada and you can't decide where to go and what to see in this historic city, just follow our tips. Explore the city's rich cultural, religious and architectural past and enjoy some extra musical, literary and scientific delights. Explore the city's rich past, with religious, cultural and archaeological attractions - and enjoy some extra floral delights.

Here is a list of the top 10 attractions that one must be sure to visit when in Granada: 


1. Alhambra 2. Generalife Gardens
One of Spain’s most-visited monuments, this UNESCO-recognised wondrous complex of exquisite palaces, patios and fortresses dates back to Moorish times. Unmissable.
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The summer gardens of the Nasrid rulers, complete with pools, fruit trees, flowers and tumbling streams. Host to events in the International Festival of Music and Dance, held every June/July.
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3. Albaicin, Mirador San Nicolas 4. Carmenes
The Moorish quarter, which spreads up the hillside opposite the Alhambra, is full of steep, narrow streets and hotels in converted courtyard houses.At the top is the Mirador San Nicolas, with stunning views of the palace
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Unique to the Albaicin, these are town houses with high walled gardens. Designed for privacy, they were filled with fountains, aromatic plants and kitchen gardens, all looking towards the Alhambra.
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5. Sacromonte 6. El Bañuelo
Above the alleys of the Albaicin, the caves of Sacromonte are still home to gypsy families, who perform flamenco for tourists.
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One of Granada’s oldest Arab baths, dating from the 11th century, complete with star-shaped hole-filled ceiling.
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7. Corral del Carbon 8. Cathedral
Former travellers’ inn, also used as a coalyard, hence its name. Now used as a cultural and exhibition space.
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Magnificent Gothic basilica built for the Catholic Kings, Isabella and Ferdinand, in 1532. Granada was famously the last city to be reconquered from the Moors, in 1492.
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9. Lorca’s house 10. Science Park
Granada’s most celebrated son is Federico Garcia Lorca, the writer of plays and poetry killed by Franco’s troops. You can visit his family’s summer house, Huerta de San Vicente.
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Probably Andalucia’s best interactive museum, this 70km2 site has sections on the human body, Moorish-era scientists and thinkers, and light and sound, as well as a butterfly garden.
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