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Top Granada Tips - Your Insider Tips for Granada

  • From days spent in awe of the Alhambra to nights following the sights, sounds and flavours of the Albaicín, Granada is an enchanting, laid-back city that you’ll want to return to again and again. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Granada tips. Here's what you told us...



    Buy tickets for the Alhambra early

    Janine Owen says:

    Buy your entrance tickets online for the Alhambra and print them off at la Caixa ATMs; you'll save yourself a HUGE line in summer.

    Ray Muir says:

    Book the Alhambra in advance online or in the shop in town and take at least four hours to enjoy the whole site. Take a walk down beside the old wall afterwards to town for dinner!

    Jörg Barth says:

    Book the Alhambra ticket for the morning and you can stay there for the whole day.

    Sung Rachada says:

    Buy ticket to Alhambra in advance or you may get into a real long queue for ticket purchase at very early in the morning and end up with the fact that it is sold out.



    Take your time in the Alhambra & Generalife

    Tina Coady Kiernan says:

    Book the Alhambra online for the night tour where the palace is gently lit. The magic of the city is awe-inspiring and the palace light is breathtaking. Read Washington Irving's book Tales of the Alhambra before going to Granada and you will have an even deeper appreciation on the city and the palace.

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    Spend a whole day in Alhambra.

    Karen Selene says:

    Buy your tickets for La Alhambra in advance; it will save you a whole lot of time that you can spend enjoying the Alhambra. Take your time to walk every corner of it, it's amazing!

    Paul Devall says:

    Sit for a while in the Generalife Gardens and let everyone else rush about.



    See authentic flamenco in the caves

    Victoria Pye says:

    Go to Kapital club in the caves, 10-15 minutes' walk up and then the club has the best view of the city and Alhambra - SO AMAZING!

    Mo Asqat says:

    Check out one of the most original-style Flamenco shows ever; it's located in the caves. Over the years I have seen many shows but nothing like Granada's caves.

    Blue Bird says:

    The most authentic to see is 'Zambra Gitana' gypsy flamenco dance at Los Tarantos.

    Claudia Jacobs says:

    The gypsy caves up on the hill.

    Kate Jenkin says:

    See an authentic flamenco show in the gypsy caves. It's worth the walk up the hill.

    Anna Plich says:

    La Chumbera - flamenco shows on Saturdays.



    Sample the free tapas

    Charles Choomngern says:

    Besides exploring the Alhambra, make sure to eat some free tapas!

    Cations Dels Esteva says:

    Go for beers and get free tapas everywhere...some places they even give you a small burger...can't be missed.

    Lloyd Morse says:

    One word, people. Tapas.



    See the view from Mirador San Nicolas

    Cesare NoWay Arturi says:

    Mirador San Nicolas!! It's a view spot from where you can see Alhambra and the city in the heart of Albaicín.

    Andrea C Alvarez says:

    You must walk to Mirador San Nicolas. It's free and you'll have the best views of the Alhambra at night.

    Sandra Doerfer says:

    Visit the Mirador in the Albaicín.



    Avoid the hot summers

    Tarcila Shinno Aquino says:

    Never ever visit in summer, especially July.

    Pablo Puppo says:

    Don't go in summer! It's really HOT.

    Merve Yeşil says:

    See the Easter celebrations in the amazing atmosphere of old Granada!



    Find the best restaurants

    Adam Cronkrite says:

    Beers and free tapas on and around Calle Elvira, or grab a shawarma on the same street before heading into the Albaicín to find a little square with fantastic views of the Alhambra, and a drinking fountain with beautiful fresh water straight from the Sierra Nevada behind.

    Michael Coakley says:

    Taberna Macande has some of the best falafel I've ever had...have a Alhambra beer while you're at it!

    Nik Jacobson says:

    Tapas at Poe.

    Zach Houston says:

    Go to Diamantes! Best seafood tapas! Anyone who had lived in Granada will know this place, standing room only.

    Tercilio Dallagnol Neto says:

    One cool thing about Granada is that there's an easy way to check on a bar's quality, all you have to do is to check the bar's floor; if it has a lot of napkins on the floor it's because the food is great.

    Ana Falcón says:

    Skip the downtown tapas and head to the pubs near the bullpen. it's where college students go, so you can buy cheap beer and eat good snacks without breaking the bank!

    Pablo Venegas says:

    Don't forget to go... to have churros and chocolate at Plaza Bib-Rambla.



    Explore the Albaicín

    Holly Christine says:

    Head up to the Albaicín mid-afternoon with some snacks to picnic among locals strumming guitars and singing flamenco during sunset.

    Sebastián Calderón says:

    You shouldn't miss Albaicín and Sacromonte.



    Relax in the traditional baths

    Danielle Thompkins says:

    The Hammam Baños Arabes - The Arab baths. C/Santa Ana 16. I enjoyed a lovely relaxing afternoon there. Students pay a lot less so don't forget your student cards.

    Joanne Robinson says:

    Escape the heat of the day at the baños arabes and experience the ritual al andalus - the most relaxing massage I have ever had.

    鄭晴育 says:

    Arab baths for sure.



    Plan your itinerary well

    Denisse Pinkus says:

    The perfect day at Granada: start with a visit to the Alhambra, have a tea at some tetería, then buy some Alhambra beer and go to el Mirador de San Nicolas for the sunset, and finally go and get some drinks and ir de tapas!

    Vitor Antunes says:

    Sleep in a hotel in Alhambra. Wake up early and visit the palaces and gardens there. Lunch: some tapas in Granada downtown. Visit the cathedral and its surrounds. Climb to Albaicín and watch the sunset. After the lights in Alhambra turn on, have a romantic dinner in a restaurant nearby. End the night going to a flamenco show. The day after, go to Sierra Nevada. I ensure you I can repeat that 100 times!

    Carl Hansen says:

    Book the Alhambra as soon as you get there; get lost in all the narrow streets for the day and enjoy the atmosphere and smells. Alhambra the next day and then go to the open food stalls. And on the third day book into your hostel for another night so you can enjoy another day in one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world by visiting the cathedral and a long walk around the suburbs.

    Anita P Rusdihardjo says:

    Spend a night there. A daytrip from Seville is simply ain't enough!



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Granada.


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  • From days spent in awe of the Alhambra to nights following the sights, sounds and flavours of the Albaicín, Granada is an enchanting, laid-back city that you’ll want to return to again and again. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Granada tips. Here's what you told us...



    Buy tickets for the Alhambra early

    Janine Owen says:

    Buy your entrance tickets online for the Alhambra and print them off at la Caixa ATMs; you'll save yourself a HUGE line in summer.

    Ray Muir says:

    Book the Alhambra in advance online or in the shop in town and take at least four hours to enjoy the whole site. Take a walk down beside the old wall afterwards to town for dinner!

    Jörg Barth says:

    Book the Alhambra ticket for the morning and you can stay there for the whole day.

    Sung Rachada says:

    Buy ticket to Alhambra in advance or you may get into a real long queue for ticket purchase at very early in the morning and end up with the fact that it is sold out.



    Take your time in the Alhambra & Generalife

    Tina Coady Kiernan says:

    Book the Alhambra online for the night tour where the palace is gently lit. The magic of the city is awe-inspiring and the palace light is breathtaking. Read Washington Irving's book Tales of the Alhambra before going to Granada and you will have an even deeper appreciation on the city and the palace.

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    Spend a whole day in Alhambra.

    Karen Selene says:

    Buy your tickets for La Alhambra in advance; it will save you a whole lot of time that you can spend enjoying the Alhambra. Take your time to walk every corner of it, it's amazing!

    Paul Devall says:

    Sit for a while in the Generalife Gardens and let everyone else rush about.



    See authentic flamenco in the caves

    Victoria Pye says:

    Go to Kapital club in the caves, 10-15 minutes' walk up and then the club has the best view of the city and Alhambra - SO AMAZING!

    Mo Asqat says:

    Check out one of the most original-style Flamenco shows ever; it's located in the caves. Over the years I have seen many shows but nothing like Granada's caves.

    Blue Bird says:

    The most authentic to see is 'Zambra Gitana' gypsy flamenco dance at Los Tarantos.

    Claudia Jacobs says:

    The gypsy caves up on the hill.

    Kate Jenkin says:

    See an authentic flamenco show in the gypsy caves. It's worth the walk up the hill.

    Anna Plich says:

    La Chumbera - flamenco shows on Saturdays.



    Sample the free tapas

    Charles Choomngern says:

    Besides exploring the Alhambra, make sure to eat some free tapas!

    Cations Dels Esteva says:

    Go for beers and get free tapas everywhere...some places they even give you a small burger...can't be missed.

    Lloyd Morse says:

    One word, people. Tapas.



    See the view from Mirador San Nicolas

    Cesare NoWay Arturi says:

    Mirador San Nicolas!! It's a view spot from where you can see Alhambra and the city in the heart of Albaicín.

    Andrea C Alvarez says:

    You must walk to Mirador San Nicolas. It's free and you'll have the best views of the Alhambra at night.

    Sandra Doerfer says:

    Visit the Mirador in the Albaicín.



    Avoid the hot summers

    Tarcila Shinno Aquino says:

    Never ever visit in summer, especially July.

    Pablo Puppo says:

    Don't go in summer! It's really HOT.

    Merve Yeşil says:

    See the Easter celebrations in the amazing atmosphere of old Granada!



    Find the best restaurants

    Adam Cronkrite says:

    Beers and free tapas on and around Calle Elvira, or grab a shawarma on the same street before heading into the Albaicín to find a little square with fantastic views of the Alhambra, and a drinking fountain with beautiful fresh water straight from the Sierra Nevada behind.

    Michael Coakley says:

    Taberna Macande has some of the best falafel I've ever had...have a Alhambra beer while you're at it!

    Nik Jacobson says:

    Tapas at Poe.

    Zach Houston says:

    Go to Diamantes! Best seafood tapas! Anyone who had lived in Granada will know this place, standing room only.

    Tercilio Dallagnol Neto says:

    One cool thing about Granada is that there's an easy way to check on a bar's quality, all you have to do is to check the bar's floor; if it has a lot of napkins on the floor it's because the food is great.

    Ana Falcón says:

    Skip the downtown tapas and head to the pubs near the bullpen. it's where college students go, so you can buy cheap beer and eat good snacks without breaking the bank!

    Pablo Venegas says:

    Don't forget to go... to have churros and chocolate at Plaza Bib-Rambla.



    Explore the Albaicín

    Holly Christine says:

    Head up to the Albaicín mid-afternoon with some snacks to picnic among locals strumming guitars and singing flamenco during sunset.

    Sebastián Calderón says:

    You shouldn't miss Albaicín and Sacromonte.



    Relax in the traditional baths

    Danielle Thompkins says:

    The Hammam Baños Arabes - The Arab baths. C/Santa Ana 16. I enjoyed a lovely relaxing afternoon there. Students pay a lot less so don't forget your student cards.

    Joanne Robinson says:

    Escape the heat of the day at the baños arabes and experience the ritual al andalus - the most relaxing massage I have ever had.

    鄭晴育 says:

    Arab baths for sure.



    Plan your itinerary well

    Denisse Pinkus says:

    The perfect day at Granada: start with a visit to the Alhambra, have a tea at some tetería, then buy some Alhambra beer and go to el Mirador de San Nicolas for the sunset, and finally go and get some drinks and ir de tapas!

    Vitor Antunes says:

    Sleep in a hotel in Alhambra. Wake up early and visit the palaces and gardens there. Lunch: some tapas in Granada downtown. Visit the cathedral and its surrounds. Climb to Albaicín and watch the sunset. After the lights in Alhambra turn on, have a romantic dinner in a restaurant nearby. End the night going to a flamenco show. The day after, go to Sierra Nevada. I ensure you I can repeat that 100 times!

    Carl Hansen says:

    Book the Alhambra as soon as you get there; get lost in all the narrow streets for the day and enjoy the atmosphere and smells. Alhambra the next day and then go to the open food stalls. And on the third day book into your hostel for another night so you can enjoy another day in one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world by visiting the cathedral and a long walk around the suburbs.

    Anita P Rusdihardjo says:

    Spend a night there. A daytrip from Seville is simply ain't enough!



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Granada.


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