1 - 3 days in Granada: The best things to do and visit.
The city of Granada stands out for its uncountable magical corners, a great cultural activity and the diversity of itscuisine. You shouldn’t miss out on the chance of experiencing unique moments in its charming neighborhoods and enjoying the amazing views from its viewpoints!
It is no coincidence that this is one of the most visited cities in Spain. The majority of its visitors fall in love with its historical heritage and many also fall in love with its streets. The list of places to visit in Granada is endless.
Its legacy is unique, and every corner of Granada will make you feel as if you were in the period of Al-Andalus. On this tour you will discover everything that this historic city has to offer.
How to plan my visit to Granada?
At Yoorney we have local tour guides who offer you the best selection of guided tours, free tours and excursions in Granada and in other cities around the world.
A different and fun way to discover a city.
One of the biggest challenges of traveling is to really get to know everything you want about your next destination. We take care of that and show you each spot in a special way that makes you feel not just like another simple tourist. When you take a tour with Yoorney you will dive into the culture and experience the city as if you were a local.
Why visit Granada?
If you're planning to visit the ancient capital of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, you're probably dying to know which are the essential places to go to and the best activities to enjoy.
Located in the heart of Andalusia, at the foot of Sierra Nevada and less than an hour’s drive from the Tropical Coast of the Mediterranean, this city has a rich history and an important past to explore. Are you ready?
These are the essential places to see and visit in Granada in 3 days (or on a weekend getaway). Take note!
Granada: Top 12 things to do and must-see attractions
1. The Alhambra
3. Street of Albaicín
4. Mirador de San Nicolás
5. Carrera del Darro
6. Paseo de los Tristes
7. Arab bath
8. Granada Cathedral
9. Sacromonte neighborhood
10. Museums of Granada
11. Monasterio de la Cartuja
12. Basilica of San Juan de Dios
- Sacromonte Abbey
- The Corral del Carbon
- The Royal Room
- The Houses of Chapiz
- The Bañuelo
- The Palace of Dar al-Horra
- The Science Park
Where to eat in Granada?
4 places to eat in Granada
Los Diamantes: It is the first stop we recommend for lovers of tapas! It’s an authentic essential for those who want to make a foodie tour through Navas street and its surroundings. We really loved their fried fish!
- El Mercader: You won't find any conventional food here, as the cooks love to experiment! There are both very traditional and ethnic dishes on the menu.
- Bar Casa Julio: Do you want to try one of those typical tapas bars of all times? Their star dish of the house is the battered dogfish! Watch out: It’s addictive!
- La Riviera: Informal atmosphere with a diverse menu of tapas. Try the homemade croquettes, the honey aubergines, the spicy chorizo with wine and the roasted potato.
4 Typical dishes of the gastronomy of Granada
- Habas con jamón. Beans with ham are a very typical dish from Granada! They are made by stir-frying beans and onions and cooking them in a casserole with some diced ham.
- Tortilla del Sacromonte. As its name suggests, the Sacromonte omelette is common especially in the neighbourhood of Sacromonte! It's an omelette made with various types of offal, especially mutton brains and bull testicles.
- Remojón granadino. The Granadian remojón is a dish of Arabic origin and very popular in Granada. It is a fresh salad based on desalted cod and oranges.
- Tapas. Do you know where the concept of tapas comes from? It goes back to the thirteenth century, to the reign of Alfonso X "The Wise". This king imposed that wine should not be served alone, but it had to be accompanied by some food in order to counteract the effects of alcohol. These small portions were placed on the glass or cup, covering the mouth of it. And that's where the origin of the word comes from, “tapa” meaning “cover”.
Granada with children
One of the many family-friendly activities in Granada is stopping by The CajaGranada museum. It offers guided tours, storytelling and workshops especially designed for children that will make your little ones learn in a fun way.
This is a space totally committed to experimentation and the dissemination of knowledge, with many attractive proposals for both children and parents!
The Science Park
Science or fun? You can have both in the Science Park, located a 20 minute walk from the tourist center of Granada. It is dedicated to spreading education in an entertaining way for all types of visitors.
Children can enjoy its Planetarium and its workshops, watch birds of prey flights or visit a butterfly farm where they can see more than 20 different species. Are you in?
Dog parks in Granada
There are more and more green areas in Granada that have been adapted to dogs’ needs. These are spacious areas designed for the entertainment of our furry friends. Some of these parks are Tico Medina, García Lorca, García Arrabal, Alquerías, Carlos Cano, Almunia de Aynadamar and Cristina de Arteaga.
Dog friendly restaurants and bars in Granada
Pet-friendly hotels in Granada
- Catalonia Granada
- Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna Granada
- Hotel Las Nieves
- Alhambra Palace
- Palacio de Santa Inés
- Hotel Hospes Palacio de los Patos
- Abba Granada
- Ibis Granada
- Hotel Boutique Puerta de las Granadas
- Hotel Granada Centro
- Hotel Reina Cristina
- Apartamentos Golondrinas de la Alhambra
Adapted tourism still seems to be a pending issue for many cities. Is this true for Granada as well? We had the chance to experience it first-hand and these are some of our favorite adapted and accessible places:
- Monuments and museums: Alhambra, Museum of Fine Arts, Royal Chapel, Cathedral, José Guerrero Center, Palacio de la Madraza, Caja Granada Museum, Science Park and Church of San Juan de Dios.
- The historical city center or the Albaicin neighborhood.
Love for beer in Granada
If you like going for beers in Granada, you can't leave the city without trying Colagallo. . It's a real haven for #beerlovers and a great place to try the best craft beers and a great variety of national and imported varieties in an original atmosphere.
Cocktails in Granada
For those who prefer cocktails, having a drink after work or enjoying the night in Granada by going out more quietly, the Bar la Fontana, the Diamond Cocktail bar or the Verdi Cocktail bar can be great destinations.
Live music in Granada
You will love Granada’s concert halls and music scene in general. If you like live music, you have to stop by La Loca de Gandoca, the Bohemia Jazz Café or the Tren room.
Nightclubs in Granada
Diving into Granada's nightlife culture stands out as one of the main leisure activities in the city. To escape your day-to-day routine, we recommend the sala Quilombo, the Mae West, the Twoo Club or the Grand Theater.
The best nightlife in Granada. Perfect for having the first or last drink of the night.
How to get to Granada?
How to get to Granada by car
The most common option when you’re already on the Iberian Peninsula is to go Granada by car, although everything depends on where exactly you start from. Granada is easily accessible from all southern Spain and is close to many other charming Andalusian cities, for example only 130 kilometers from Malaga and 165 kilometers from Córdoba. It is located 430 kilometers from Madrid, and the easiest way to travel from there by car is to take the A-44.
How to get to Granada by train
How to get to Granada by bus
If you decide to go to Granada by bus, keep in mind that this is one of the slowest alternatives. So we recommend you to check exactly the duration of the journey between Granada and your city of origin, in case it is too long. For example, the bus ride from Madrid to Granada takes about five hours.
The bus company that operates in Granada is Alsa.
How to get to Granada by plane
To get to Granada by plane, the Granada-Jaén International Airport (GRX) offers flights to national destinations such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Tenerife and some international flights, for example to London, Berlin, Paris and Milan.
The airlines that operate at the Granada airport are Iberia, Air Europa, easyJet and Vueling.
There are many more international flights to the airport of Málaga, so it’s also a great option to fly there and then catch a bus or hire a car to go to Granada.
How to get to Granada by sea, by boat
In Granada it can be accessed through the Port of Motril.
How to get around Granada
16 most beautiful towns to visit in Granada
- Río Castril
- Río Monachil
- Villa Romana de Salar
- Cueva de las Ventanas de Píñar
- La Herradura
Granada general information
GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS OF GRANADA
Traditional Dying Art "Taracea"
WHERE TO FOR A RUN IN GRANADA
GRANADA CULTURAL AGENDA
WHERE TO STAY IN GRANADA
SHOPPING IN GRANADA
Shopping Center Neptuno
Shopping Hall Serallo Plaza
Shopping Hall Nevada
GRANADA TRAVEL GUIDES
Map of Granada
In this urban map of Granada you can locate the main monuments and places of interest that we have described in the article. We want you to make the most of your visit, so try to take into account all the sites that we have mentioned.
But don’t worry if you miss out on some of these highlights! It is always good to have an excuse to come back to this beautiful city in southern Spain.
How to use the interactive map of Granada?We have indicated different colors for each area of recommendation.
Granada Transport Map
Did you like this Granada travel guide? We hope you find it very useful. We have really enjoyed creating it and visiting all these places enchating places.