The Alhambra is the crown jewel of Granada, drawing more than 2 million visitors per year. The UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for housing royals from different Spanish dynasties and is continually lauded for both its beauty and quality of preservation.
Part of the Alhambra, Generalife was once a relaxation area for kings. Today, it's a favorite among Alhambra visitors for its beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance.
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When visiting the Alhambra, take in the fine details of the architecture. In the Nasrid Palace in particular, expect to see tons of intricate carvings throughout, some of which feature Arabic writing.
The Alhambra is a feast for the eyes all on its own, but its location atop a hill is an added bonus, affording incredible views of the city below. From the top, visitors can see the Albaicín and surrounding mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada.
The Albaicín neighborhood is as charming as they come. Cobblestone streets, quaint plazas and beautiful carmenes, or traditional whitewashed homes dot the area. What's more, it's considered a UNESCO World Heritage site.
What travelers loved most about the Albaicín is its beautiful architecture. Expect to find homes with classic details such as wrought iron balconies filled with colorful potted plants and tile work.
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Granada is best explored by foot, but know that the city is very hilly. If you plan on sightseeing for a couple hours, you'll find sturdy shoes and a bottle of water go a long way.
The most popular vantage point in Granada is Plaza de San Nicolas for its unobstructed views of the Alhambra. Come at night to see the attraction lit up, as well as locals dancing and drinking.
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Granada is a great place to catch a flamenco show. Sacromonte, the neighborhood just above the Albaicín, hosts flamenco shows in caves that were previously occupied by gypsies. Gypsies are said to have developed flamenco in Andalusia when they emigrated to the province.
Granada lives on hills, so scenic viewpoints are abundant. Plaza de San Nicolas is the most popular vantage point in the city, but if you're looking for something more, hike to Granada's highest viewpoint, Mirador de San Miguel Alto.
Bordering the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is brimming with hiking opportunities. The Los Cahorros gorge is a popular hike and Sierra Nevada Ski Resorts affords access to plenty of alpine trails, but if you don't want to travel too far, hit up the Dehesa del Generalife.
Those wanting to experience the Arab baths in Granada should check into Hammam Al Andalus, one of the most popular working bath houses in the city.
Once Arab markets, the Alcaiceria features a number of goods difficult to find outside of Andalusia, including Moroccan leather bags, taracea, or wooden inlay goods and fajalauza, or painted ceramics.
Granada is one of the best places to experience tapas in Spain. That's because it is one of the few cities in the county that offers traditional tapas on the house with every drink bought at a bar. And know that the more drinks you order, the bigger the tapas.
One of the most beautiful streets in Granada is the Carrera del Darro. Snaking along the Darro River, the pathway features picturesque stone arch bridges flanked by traditional Spanish architecture and lush waterfront flora.
Believe it or not, Granada is a street art hub. Stroll around Realejo (the old Jewish quarter) or the Albaicin and you're bound to run into some truly unique street art. Look out for works from El Niño de las Pinturas, as pictured above.
Though travelers say the Alhambra is a stunner anytime of the day, recent visitors highly recommended getting a view of the attraction illuminated at night. Granada is chock full of great vantage points, but the best ones can be found at Plaza de San Nicolas.
Although Granada is best experienced during the warmer months, its peak season is winter in the Sierra Nevada National Park. The closest ski resort to Granada is Sierra Nevada Ski Resort, about 20 miles southwest of the city.