Things to do in Granada, Spain

Me and my partner love exploring new places on my holidays and Granada has been a real treat! Its got a tonne of history, beautiful scenery and gorgeous weather. This blog post is photographic journey of things to do in Granada. I have written a whole blog post about the Alhambra, Granada’s biggest tourist attraction (see here) as I took too many photos to add into one blog post.

Around the city

On our first day we did a free walking tour of the city, see link here. The tour guide was really knowledgeable of the history of the city and was happy to answer any questions. I would definitely recommend doing this tour on your first few days. It is a free tour but they rely on the donations to keep them going so pay what you think they deserve.

Abandoned hotel near the Alahamba.
A stream runs through central Granada, and is a lovely place to cool off when the heat gets too much.

Take a hike / trekking tour

It was my boyfriend’s birthday while we were away and I booked us a guided trekking tour around their national park, Sierra Nevada. I found the experience on Air Bnb but there are numerous places that do it too. We started our 5 mile trek up the mountain then the second half was walking along the mountain waterfalls and streams. The views were amazing, and the walk was adventurous, as we had to hold of rocks, climb under rocks, walk across suspension bridges.

View from the starting point of our trek.
Its hard to get perspective on some of these photos, but I can say this was very high up.

I have very few photos of our walk as I was afraid of dropping my camera in the water or down the mountain.

The Science museum /Parque de las Ciencias

I loved the science museum! I would highly recommend it to anyone, kids will love it, as will adults. The Bio dome holds up to 250 living species ranging from fish, plants, birds, insects and more. There is a free audio guide you can listen to with your smart phone, available in different languages.

The observation tower gives us an amazing view of the city and surrounding mountains.
The view from the bio dome.

The museum has exhibitions on music science, the human body and nature. I would recommend leaving the whole day for this as it is huge and there’s so much to see and do. There is a café for lunch and drinks and there are bus stops near by to take you back to the centre of town, although it is only about a 30min walk from the centre.

The cathedral

Granada cathedral, completed in 1561 is a building you cannot miss, especially because of how large it is. It costs 5 Euros to enter and you get a audio guide to learn about the construction and history of the building.

The Alhambra

This is probably the biggest tourist attraction in Granada. I took so many photos on our visit there so I think it deserves its own blog post, so keep an eye out for that.

This is the view from our Air Bnb roof top. The Alhambra is beautifully lit up at night.

Eat food!

Granada has great places to eat, although we did find it difficult choosing between so many options. Here are some tips we learnt from experience:

  • The portions are bigger than you think, even when it comes to tapas.
  • Most places usually give you a free starter. Often its something with meat in.
  • Its hard (but not impossible) to find vegetarian or vegan options. So do some research before you go if you have dietary needs.
  • Churros are popular here but they often don’t come with dipping sauce like they do in England.

Our favourite places to eat were La Fontana and El encuentro.

We actually watched traditional flamenco at El Encuentro whilest we ate their delicious food. Its £15 to book the table but that goes to the flamenco dancers and that’s actually quite a bit cheaper than other more formal flamenco shows.

Other tips:

  • It gets VERY hot in spring and summer. We went at the end of may beginning of June and it got up to 33 degrees. We sure to bring plenty of sun cream, sunglasses and a hat!
  • Shops close for a

Thanks for reading this post and have a wonderful if you go to Granada!