Granada’s beauty is evident from afar; the lush hilltop paradise rises above the surrounding bucolic countryside. Two-and-a-half hours by car from Seville, the former Muslim colony is famous for its Alhambra, an expansive ancient town built in the 13th century that includes a military palace, private residences, convent, medina and gorgeous gardens.

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  • Sleep…in the Hospes Palacio de Los Patos, the best hotel in the city
  • Experience…the stunning Moorish architecture of the Alhambra’s Palacio de Nazaries
  • Drink…sherry at Bodegas Castaneda, while enjoying the complimentary tapas
  • Eat…local dishes at Mirador de Morayma for outstanding views of the Alhambra
  • Savor…the medieval architecture as you wind through Granada’s streets
  • Visit…in the spring and fall to avoid the heat and the crowds
  • See…Albaicín, a Muslim neighborhood with poignant remnants of the past
  • Shop…for handmade wooden crafts at Laguna Taller de Taracea
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries

Lay of the Land

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Andalucía, Granada is known for its medieval architecture, which is left over from the Moorish occupation of Spain. The town is particularly famous for its Alhambra, the main attraction for most visitors, but the city has much more to offer. One of the most important areas to visit is Albaicín, the Moorish area of the city and one of its oldest sections. Crumbling remains of the city’s wall from the 11th century are still visible, allowing visitors to feel completely immersed in the city’s history while wandering through its streets.

Realejo, the former Jewish quarter of the city, is tucked into the hill under the Alhambra and is home to Campo de Principe and its many restaurants and bars. Visitors tend to spend the most time in the city’s Bib-Rambla/Centro area, which draws the most crowds and offers restaurants and cafés, lively bars and decent shopping.

Granada is great for intrepid explorers who are comfortable with its low-key vibe, which is even more apparent here than in other Spanish towns. The city is best discovered with a loose itinerary, one that encourages relaxing at local cafés with complimentary tapas and wine (an activity beloved by Granada locals).

Getting There

Granada has both an airport and train station, which makes it easy to visit in combination with other Spanish cities. Visitors can also drive from Seville, with a stop en route in Cordoba.

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