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With magnificent castles, crumbling courtyard gardens and a striking surround of mountains and the Lake Nicaragua, Granada’s allure is inescapable. The oldest inhabited city in continental Latin America, this 16th century Spanish city still holds all the magic of yesteryear, with its main pull, the Alhambra Palace bringing more than 2 million travellers to its mecca each year. Withstanding uprisings and upheavals, and the birthplace of the intriguing Spanish Moors people, Granada is rich in history. Artefacts and ancient architecture adorn ever corner, alluding to this city’s eclectic mixture of cultural and religious influences that still thrive today.

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Things to do in Granada

  • Our tips for Granada

    Our tips for Granada
    • Book tickets to Alhambra early. Alhambra Palace limits its visitor numbers to 6,600 a day. This may seem like a lot, crowds add up in summer. Book tickets well in advance to avoid missing out.
    • Did someone say free tapas? Yes, it’s true. Most bars will bring a side of tapas to the table alongside your drinks order. Be sure to chow down, tapas in Granada are known for being spectacularly good.
    • Bring your walking shoes. Narrow roads and steep stairwells mean this city is best explored on foot, so ditch the taxi and get stepping.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Granada is warm year round, but can get piping hot during summer, so it’s best to opt for a visit during early autumn if you can. Rainfall is common from June to October, which can take some of the shine from this stunning city.
    Getting There Navigating this ancient winding city requires a good pair of walking shoes, above all else. Here’s our travel breakdown of the best ways to get around in Granada.
    • When it comes to traveling, this ancient city’s charm is also its downfall. Cars and buses struggle to make their way through the city centre due to the small alleyways and twisting and turning paths. Although taxi’s are available, it’s best to walk if you can.
    • Granada’s train station is 1.5 kilometres northwest of the city, and regular long-haul trains link Granada with the rest of Spain’s main cities.
    • If you fancy a more scenic route to the airport, buses run directly to and from Madrid’s Barajas airport most days, and other services operate within Granada city also.
    Stay Safe Granada is a relatively safe city, although you should always exercise caution when visiting a new destination. Keep these travel tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
    • Petty thieves are known for operating throughout Granada, so it’s recommended to lock valuables in hotel safes and only carry small change where possible.
    • In an emergency, dial 112.
    • Watch the roads. They may be narrow, but Granadian roads can be dangerous, as locals often take narrow corners quickly. So check before crossing.