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How to Spend 3 Days in Granada

How to Spend 3 Days in Granada

Located at the foot of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is famous for its medieval architecture, including the impressive Alhambra complex. A three day trip offers plenty of time to take in the sights and enjoy the city’s bustling modern center as well as nearby attractions. Here’s how to spend three days in beautiful Granada.

Day 1: The Amazing Alhambra

Set aside most of the day (and book your tickets well in advance) to explore this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Spain's most visited monuments. Built by Moorish kings in the 13th century (and added to by Christian monarchs in later centuries), the Alhambra boasts architecturally significant buildings as well as gardens full of lovely pools and sweeping views. 

Take a guided tour to learn about the history and architectural significance of buildings like the Nasrid Palace, which is often considered Europe’s most magnificent Islamic building, and the Court of the Lions, renowned for its graceful marble columns and lion fountain. After visiting the complex’s many buildings, spend some time in the Generalife gardens, a beautiful retreat for Grenada’s kings full of abundant flora, lovely courtyards, and stunning water features, all overlooking the city. Lastly, head downhill to the many outdoor restaurants situated along the Darro River.

Day 2: See Granada on Foot

Granada's rich history is best experienced by wandering through its timeless streets. Exploring the old Muslim quarter, the Albaicin, is like stepping into the city's Arab past: Mosques and Moorish villas line steep, cobbled alleys, and the scent of jasmine fills the air. Climb to the Mirador de San Nicolas plaza for city views, then relax at El Banuelo, an 11th-century bathhouse. 

Wind your way south, into the more modern parts of the city, to see Granada's imposing Gothic-Renaissance cathedral and the flamboyant Royal Chapel beside it. On the outskirts of town, you’ll find Sacromonte, a hillside area full of cave dwellings that were once inhabited by gypsies and now host flamenco shows. Visit in the evening to catch a show with a traditional Andalucían dinner, and if the music inspires you, sign up for a flamenco dance lesson so you can master some simple moves.

Day 3: More Architectural Gems and Nearby Sights

Complete your architectural tour of the city with stops at the Monastery of San Jeronimo, a Gothic-Renaissance treat, and the church at the Cartuja Monastery. The latter was founded by the memorably named Christian warrior El Gran Capitán and is a baroque wonder, complete with an extravagant sacristy and a beautiful cupola. Literary buffs will also want to see Huerta de San Vicente, the house where Federico Garcia Lorca wrote some of his masterpieces. 

Alternatively, book a day trip to the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains or the lush Alpujarras valley.  You can also head to Córdoba, which is a little over two hours by car from Granada, to explore its Moorish monuments and stroll along the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets of its Jewish quarter. On your last evening in Granada, head back into town to enjoy the city’s lively tapas circuit. 

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Alhambra and Generalife Small-Group Guided Tour in Granada. Skip the line

Alhambra and Generalife Small-Group Guided Tour in Granada. Skip the line

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Explore the crown jewel of medieval Granada on a tour of the Alhambra, and gain skip-the-line entry to the Moorish palace and fortress complex. Together with the Generalife gardens, they form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the Nasrid dynasty as well as Muslim, Jewish and Christian history during a walking tour with your informative guide.
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Generalife Gardens on this walking tour. Sail past long lines at the entrance hall with an exclusive priority access pass, and then embark upon an enriching exploration of the palace complex. See the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid palaces and a gain a glimpse into the decadent sultans who once inhabited the opulent structure. Admire panoramic city vistas from a hilltop perch; stroll through the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens and enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transportation during this exciting excursion.
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Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada

Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada

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Watching a traditional Flamenco performance is a highlight of any visit to Andalusia and this 1.5-hour dinner show is located in one of Granada’s most spectacular venues. Take your seats in the atmospheric cave-restaurant of El Templo del Flamenco, tuck into a delicious 2- or 5-course dinner, and be entertained by a thrilling live flamenco show.
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Priority Access to Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada

Priority Access to Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada

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Escape the crowds and maximize your time in Granada’s magnificent the Alhambra on this tour. With a priority-access pass, you’ll be one of the first to enter the Alhambra — a UNESCO-listed landmark famed for its architecture — with a guide. Explore the Alcazaba Fortress, walk through the Generalife Gardens and take in panoramic views of Granada from Torre de la Vela.
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Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

Arabian Baths Experience at Granada's Hammam Al Ándalus

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Succumb to tranquility at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus, opulent Arabian baths located in the heart of the historical Old Town. Enjoy relaxing amid candle-lit walkways and beautifully designed pools; then indulge with a massage from a professionally trained masseuse. Submerge yourself in the soothing waters of a thermal bath and inhale the scented aromas of the steam room while sipping fresh mint tea. Upgrade your experience to include a 30-minute Midra 30 or 45-minute Midra 45, both of which include an exfoliating body scrub.
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Granada Tapas Walking Tour

Granada Tapas Walking Tour

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Awaken your senses to the tantalizing taste of traditional tapas on a 2.5-hour culinary and cultural tour of Granada. Delve into the city’s rich past while feasting upon a selection of sublime Spanish specialties with an interesting guide; see significant sights such as Plaza Nueva and Santa Ana Church, interspersing attractions with visits to locally loved tapas bars and ambient bars. See the city from the vertiginous vantage point of Mirador San Nicolás and gain fascinating insight into Moors who ruled the city before the Spanish conquered on this enriching excursion.
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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.

Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.

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Sail past long lines and crowded entrance halls on a private tour of Granada’s Alhambra Palace. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site while enjoying priority access and insightful commentary. See historical highlights like the Alcazaba Fortress and the Nasrid Palaces, then stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. Select the option of hotel pickup and drop-off to enjoy convenient round-trip transportation.
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Private 3-hour Tour to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Tickets included

Private 3-hour Tour to Alhambra & Nasrid Palace Tickets included

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Visit Granada's top attraction, the Alhambra, while enjoying personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace. This private tour for up to 10 people gets you a dedicated guide that will lead you through the UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot, providing in-depth commentary and answering any questions you may have. Tickets to all the parts of the palace and the ability to skip the often-long ticket queues are included in this tour, saving you lots of time and giving you access to the entire place.
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Private Tour: Cordoba Day Trip from Granada

Private Tour: Cordoba Day Trip from Granada

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Immerse yourself in Cordoba’s captivating culture on an enriching full-day excursion from Granada. Explore the Moorish monuments and sacred structures of the city with an accomplished private guide; navigate the winding streets of the historical quarter and admire a diverse architectural tableau, then marvel at the whitewashed courtyards and ancient synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this private tour, where numbers are limited to ensure an intimate experience.   
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  • 11 hours
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Alhambra Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Alhambra Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

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Go to one of the most visited attractions in all of Spain on this tour of the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens in Granada with special skip-the-line access. First, bypass the heavy crowds at the entrance to save you time and stress, and then explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. During your time there, see the Gate of Pomegranates, Pillar of Charles V, Dehesa of Generalife, and the Washington Irving Monument.
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Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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Experience an enchanting sunrise over Granada on an exhilarating hot-air balloon ride. Soar over the city and see legendary landmarks like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra palace complex and the secretive Sacromonte Caves. Enjoy this unique perspective as the sun casts an incandescent glow over the mountains and the city begins to wake. On your return to land, appease your appetite with a traditional Andalusian brunch and a lavish glass of cava.
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