Jutting above the hills of this majestic countryside sits the proud yet graceful city of Granada. Debonair, this place has both manage to test the age of time both aesthetically and romantically. As a reminder of the Arabic Court, Granada maintains a harmonious meeting between man-made structures and nature.
As the saying goes in Spain there are 4 things you should go before-you-die; plant a tree, write a book, have a baby and visit Granada.
Granada is captivating, taking you through twisting lanes and winding streets that capture your imagination. The thing is one visit is just never quite enough, Granada leaves you wanting more. So here at InnHostel we are confident that Granada will capture your heart, just like it did ours it ours.
What is there to visit in Granada?
Granada is truly one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. With the essence of the old Al-Andalus lining the streets, there is always something new to discover and it leaves you feeling like you have somehow been transported back in time-stood-still. So let us take you on a quick journey through some of the most monumental places in Granada such as the Alhambra, but also many other lesser known best-keep-secrets.
Alhambra de Granada
Being the most spectacular and famous Arabic construction in the world, you’ll never forget the first time you visited the Alhambra in Granada. Its truly breathtaking and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This Alhambra is an architectural masterpiece that represents one of the most fascinating historical periods in Spanish history.
This building was a fortress that housed the court of the Nazari kingdom of Granada. Within its wall you will find The Palace of Generalife, The Palace of Carlos V, Alcazaba and the magnificent Nasrid Palaces and not to forget the famous Patio de los Leones “The lion Patio”.
It is recommended that you buy your ticket in advance as at the very least early in the morning, as the tourists start to crowd together by the doors. Besides getting there early at the break of dawn you’ll get to witness the wonder of the sun rises from the Palace Generalife Gardens.
Day visit: monday to Sunday
- Visiting Hours – 08:30 to 20:00
- Box office hours – 08:00 to 20:00
Night visit: tuesday to Saturday
- Visiting Hours – 22:00 to 23:30
- Box office hours – 09:00 to 22:45
- General: 14.85 euros
- Young people with a youth card: 9.54 euros
- Retired: 9.54 euros
- Children from 12 to 15 years old: 8.48 euros
- Disabled: 8.48 euros
Barrio del Albaicín
The Albaicín neighborhood (or Albayzín) is a lovely area to walk around. It is the oldest area of Granada and is made up of a labyrinth of cobblestone streets with an Arabic feel.
After its splendor days during the Nazari Kingdom, it next witness the conquest of the of the Catholic Monarchs whereby Albaicín became a designated area for Muslims. However, for religious and political reasons the Muslim people were eventually thrown out and many of their hermitages, chapels and churches, were destroyed. Luckily, its essence is still preserved.
Along with Sacromonte, the Albaicín is the most frequented neighborhood of Granada. Take the chance to appreciate the view, snap a few photos and have a drink on one of the terraces whilst contemplating the scenery; the colorful balconies full of flowers, the facades of the whitewashed houses, churches and convents. This picturesque neighborhood offers you that taste of idyllic Andalusia Spain including the a musical soundtrack from live flamenco street artists.
The places of interest in Albaicín include the churches El Salvador, Santa Ana, San Cristóbal and San Miguel Bajo; the Zirí wall of the 11th century; the Trillo Water Well and the Baths. Or why not take a stroll around and find different panoramic viewpoints of the Alhambra; San Nicolás or Calle Beso “Kiss Street” is also great place to take those oh-so important romantic selfies.
Mirador de San Nicolás “San Nicolás Viewpoint”
If you want to see the worthwhile views that San Nicolás Point has to offer then you are going to have to walk to the top of Albaicín neighborhood. Whilst we feel the walk is pleasurable there is always the C31 or C32 bus that will take you straight to the square.. With views stretching over Granada City, The Alhambra, The Generalife Gardens with the Sierra Nevada in the background, the beauty of this viewpoint is undeniable. The most impressive views are seen from the small stone wall facing both the palace and the mountains.
It receives its name from the Church of San Nicolás, built in 1595 on a mosque and located in the same square of the viewpoint. This corner is always lively and full of both tourists and locals. Surely you see someone playing the guitar and above all, many people taking pictures
Paseo de los Tristes “The Walk of the Sad Ones”
The Paseo de los Tristes is one of the most beautiful walks that can be enjoyed in Granada. It is a cobblestone street that runs parallel to the Darro River. The street is officially called Paseo del Padre Manjón, which is named after the funeral processions that formerly passed through there before they would climb up to the cemetery of San José, located behind the Alhambra at the highest point of the Sabika.
The impressive views of the Alhambra are the reason for thousands of tourists who come to visit it every year.
Catedral de Granada
The Cathedral of Granada is the first Renaissance Church in Spain and the second largest in the country. Its beginnings date back to 1506, the year in which the first project was commissioned by the architect Enrique de Egas. However due to the death of Queen Isabella the Catholic in 1504, construction was delayed for the making way of the Royal Chapel, so it wasn’t until 1523 when the first stone of the Cathedral was placed down. From here on in, the construction process would last almost two centuries with artists such as Diego Siloé and Alfonso Cano contributing.
The Cathedral has a rectangular floor composed of five naves tiered in height with the Towers located at feet of the Cathedral. In the Royal Chapel is where you will find the the Catholic Monarchs buried.
- From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:30
- Sundays and holidays from 15:00 to 17:45
- General: 5 euros
- Groups: 5 euros
- Students and university students up to 25 years old: 3.5 euros
- Children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult: free
- Free Sundays
The Sacromonte Neighborhood
The Sacromonte neighborhood is just one of the places that you just can’t miss out on during your visit to Granada. It is part of the six neighborhoods of the Albaicín district, more specifically in the valley known as Valparaíso “Paradise Valley” sitting in front of the emblematic Alhambra.
One of the more curious attractions to Sacromonte are the Caves or Cave Houses. These are houses built into the rock and are habitual residence for many local people. These picturesque, quaint and cosy dwellings, are much more comfortable than they appear at first glance. Another attraction is the abbey. It was built by order of the Archbishop Don Pedro de Castro in the seventeenth century, complete with a library full of valuable and ancient manuscripts.
The Carrera del Darro is another must. A journey along the this charming memory lane of Granadas history, seeing us pass by a succession of monuments that include the Palacio de los Córdova, the Casa Árabe de Zafra, the Baño del Nogal, the Casa de Castril and the Convent of Santa Catalina de Zafra.
Where to stay in Granada?
Hemingway said that if we had to visit only one City in Spain, it should be Granada and here at InnHostel we with this illustrious writer. The only way to get to know this city is on foot. Walking around the cobbled streets fragranced by a Moorish air that transports us to another century, is a once in once in a lifetime experience.
In InnHostel count on us to have rooms and apartments located in the old part of the city in the Realejo-San Matías neighborhood, which is perfect for taking a stroll and getting lost in the beauty of Granada. We are also very close to the bus station, handy hey!
Inn Hostels Granada
In InnHostels Granada we offer you a great opportunity to stay right in the centre of the city so that you forget the headache of a car and really get to know Granada on foot or by public transport. You can stay in our shared rooms if you want to meet other like-minded-travelers with whom to share stories and experiences or in private rooms if you fancy a little more privacy or in our apartments with capacity for up to 8 people.
Regardless of your choice, you will benefit from our services such as free breakfast, 24-hour reception service, washing machine, luggage storage, free WiFi and, above all, priceless advice from our staff who all live in the city.
Also every morning at 10:30 am, after breakfast, we offer a Free Tour of Granada for all guests, open to anyone who wishes to participate. This route starts out in the old historical part of the city and then ends in the lower area of Albaicín. The Free Tour approximate lasts for two hours and is a great taster session of Granada, giving you the heads-up on some its history. Remember we are here to help you have the best time possible and get the most out of your experience, so don’t hesitate to ask us about other tours and activities we have on offer.
Apartments en Granada
In InnHostels we have apartments to cater for everyone: for 6 people, 8 people and even deluxe. All of them are equipped with everything you need to make you feel at home (air conditioning, flat TV, bathroom products, kitchen, towels, coffee maker, etc.).
We offer a late check out service, discounts and a welcome gift whenever you book through our website. Our team is available 24 hours a day from our reception, ready to help answer any queries or questions you may have or advice on the best places to go.
If you are thinking about planning a visit to Granada we would be more than happy to have you stay with us at InnHostels. Don’t hesitate to get in touch and make a reservation, we are here to give you best experience possible.