Must-see attractions in Granada

  • Alhambra columns around the Court of Lions



    The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture. Set against the brooding Sierra Nevada peaks, this fortified palace started…

  • Capilla Real, Royal Chapel, Granada, Spain.

    Capilla Real


    The Royal Chapel is the last resting place of Spain’s Reyes Católicos (Catholic Monarchs), Isabel I de Castilla (1451–1504) and Fernando II de Aragón …

  • Inside the Gleaming Golden Basilica of San Juan de Dios.

    Basílica San Juan de Dios


    Built between 1737 and 1759, this spectacular basilica unveils a blinding display of opulent baroque decor. Barely an inch of its interior lacks…

  • Court of the Lions is part of Nasrid Palaces of Alhambra palace complex, Granada, Spain.

    Palacios Nazaríes


    This is the stunning centrepiece of the Alhambra, the most brilliant Islamic building in Europe, with perfectly proportioned rooms and courtyards,…

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    Sala de Dos Hermanas


    The richly decorated Sala de Dos Hermanas (Hall of Two Sisters), in the Palacios Nazaríes section of the Alhambra, sits on the northern side of the Patio…

  • July 1, 2014: Patio de los Leones (Patio of the Lions) at Palacios Nazaries in the Alhambra.
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    Patio de los Leones


    The celebrated Patio de los Leones (Lion Courtyard) sits at the core of the Palacio de los Leones, the palace built in the Alhambra in the second half of…

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    Sala de los Abencerrajes


    This is one of the star rooms in the Alhambra. Boasting a mesmerising octagonal stalactite ceiling, it's the legendary site of the murders of the noble…

  • Granada, Spain - Jun 5,  2019: Hall of the Ambassadors at Nasrid Palaces of Alhambra - Granada, Andalusia, Spain; Shutterstock ID 2314805491; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Salón de los Embajadores


    The Chamber of the Ambassadors is where the emirs would have conducted negotiations with Christian emissaries on the Alhambra. Located in the Torre de…

  • Courtyard of the Myrtles (Patio de los Arrayanes) in La Alhambra, Granada, Spain.

    Patio de los Arrayanes


    In the Alhambra, this elegant patio is the central courtyard of the Palacio de Comares, the palace built in the mid-14th century as Emir Yusuf I’s…

  • Courtyard of the Palacio de Carlos V in La Alhambra, Granada, Spain.

    Palacio de Carlos V


    This huge Renaissance palace clashes spectacularly with the style of its surroundings on the Alhambra. Its main (western) facade features three porticoes…


    Monasterio de la Cartuja


    Built between the 16th and 18th centuries by the Carthusian monks themselves, this monastery features an imposing sandstone exterior and some incredibly…

  • Dome Inside Granada Cathedral

    Catedral de Granada


    From street level it’s difficult to appreciate the immensity of Granada’s cavernous, boxed-in cathedral. But it’s nonetheless a monumental work of…

  • Council Hall (Sala del Mexuar) at Nasrid Palaces of Alhambra, Granada, Spain.



    This 14th-century hall forms the entrance to the Palacios Nazaríes in the Alhambra. Originally, the council of ministers would have met here and the…

  • Comares Tower above the Courtyard of the Myrtles.

    Torre de Comares


    Rising above the Patio de los Arrayanes (Patio of the Myrtles) on the Alhambra, this tower houses two fine rooms: the Sala de la Barca (Hall of the…

  • The Alcazaba Alhambra in Granada, Spain.



    Occupying the western tip of the Alhambra are the martial ramparts and towers of the Alcazaba, the site's original 13th-century citadel. The Torre de la…

  • Partal Palace and Gardens at El Partal area of Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

    Jardines del Partal


    An area of beautiful terraced gardens laid out in the Alhambra in the 20th century. Its most famous landmark is the Palacio del Partal, a 14th-century…

  • Generalife Palace in Granada, Spain.

    Palacio del Generalife


    This whitewashed country house served as the sultan's summer palace on the Alhambra. In the Generalife gardens, it boasts a series of delightful…

  • Patio de Lindaraja, 16th-century courtyard adjacent to the Palace of the Lions, in Alhambra, Granada, Spain.

    Patio de la Lindaraja


    In the Palacios Nazaríes on the Alhambra, this is a beautiful porticoed patio with trees and a small formal garden set around a central fountain. In the…

  • Lower gardens of the Generalife, Alhambra de Granada.

    Jardines Nuevos


    Also known as the Jardines Bajos (Lower Gardens), these gardens were laid in the Alhambra in the early 20th century as an approach to the Palacio del…

  • Jardines Altos


    The upper gardens of the Generalife at the Alhambra.

  • Granada, Spain - The nave of baroque-renaissance church Monasterio de San Jeronimo.

    Monasterio de San Jerónimo


    With Gothic cloisters, fragrant orange trees and a lavishly decorated interior, this 16th-century monastery is one of Granada's most stunning Catholic…

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    Museo de la Alhambra


    Inside the Palacio de Carlos V in the Alhambra, the Museo de la Alhambra has an absorbing collection of Islamic artefacts, including the wood-carved door…

  • Alhambra sunset

    Mirador San Nicolás


    For those classic sunset shots of the Alhambra sprawled along a wooded hilltop with the Sierra Nevada mountains looming in the background, wander up…

  • Museo Arqueológico


    Relaunched in 2018 after an eight-year restoration, Granada's archaeology museum is spread across the 16th-century Casa de Castril, with its elaborate…

  • Patio del Cuarto Dorado


    This Alhambra courtyard, in the Palacios Nazaríes, is where the emirs would have given audiences to their subjects. It features a small fountain and the…

  • Fundación Rodríguez-Acosta


    On the Realejo hill, the Carmen Blanco houses the Rodríguez-Acosta foundation in a building created in 1914 by the Granada-born modernist artist José…

  • Palacio de Dar-al-Horra


    Up high in the Albayzín – down a lane off Placeta de San Miguel Bajo and Callejón del Gallo – this 15th-century Nasrid palace was the home of sultana Aixa…

  • Palacio de la Madraza


    Easily recognisable by the trompe l'oeil on its facade, La Madraza was founded in 1349 by Yusuf I as a school and university – and still belongs to…

  • Torre de la Vela


    Of the towers in the Alcazaba section of the Alhambra, the most celebrated is this, the so-called Torre de la Vela (Watchtower) where the cross and…

  • Palacio del Partal


    A green reflecting pool announces this small porticoed palace, one of the oldest buildings in the Alhambra, dating from the time of Mohammed III (r 1302…

  • Casa-Museo Max Moreau


    Get a rare (and free) glimpse of one of Granada's secret cármenes at the former home of 20th-century Belgium portrait painter and composer Max Léon Moreau…

  • Casa-Museo Manuel de Falla


    Arguably Spain's greatest classical composer and an artistic friend of Lorca, Manuel de Falla (1876–1946) was born in Cádiz, but spent his key years in…

  • Museo Casa Natal Federico García Lorca


    In Federico García Lorca's birthplace, the village of Fuente Vaqueros 17km west of Granada, this small but lovingly maintained museum displays photos,…

  • Huerta de San Vicente


    The house where the great poet and playwright Federico García Lorca spent summers and wrote some of his best-known works retains the evocative aura of an…

  • Sala de los Reyes


    In the Alhambra, at the eastern end of the Patio de los Leones, is the Sala de los Reyes (Hall of the Kings), with a leather-lined ceiling painted by 14th…

  • Corral del Carbón


    Just east of Calle Reyes Católicos, an elaborate horseshoe arch leads through to the 14th-century Corral del Carbón, a cobbled, much-restored courtyard…

  • Mirador de Daraxa


    A tile-trimmed lookout in the Alhambra, in the Palacios Nazaríes. Situated in the Sala de Dos Hermanas (Hall of Two Sisters), it looks over the Patio de…

  • Sala de la Barca


    Just off the Patio de los Arrayanes in the Alhambra, the Sala de la Barca (Hall of the Blessing) is named after the Arabic word for blessing, al-baraka,…

  • Centro de la Memoria Sefardí


    Since being expelled en masse in 1492, there are very few Sephardic Jews left living in Granada. But this didn't stop one enterprising couple from opening…

  • Calle Calderería Nueva


    Linking the upper and lower parts of the Albayzín, Calle Calderería Nueva is a narrow street famous for its teterías (teahouses). It's also a good place…