Main Attractions and Sights in Granada

Granada is one big monument. One of the most beautiful Baroque style buildings is the Carthusian Monastery. There is a large archaeological museum housed in the Casa De Castril Palace that is definitely worth visiting, it contains some of the oldest artefacts in Spain.

The Truinfo Gardens are particularly magnificent and you can purchase refreshments, so you could take a whole day out there.

The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens are considered the most magnificent in Spain and you can visit them for a reasonably low price of around forty nine euros. At the Sacromonte there are hillside caves that were once used by practicing gypsies as venues to conduct magic’s, from here you can be entertained by wonderful Flamenco shows and amazing views of the surrounding areas including the gardens of the Alhambra.

It comes highly recommended from every visitor that you go and see the Albaicin quarter of Granada, formerly the home of Arabs, Romans, Visigoths and Iberians; it has some of the oldest buildings and most beautiful scenery in Granada. The old Jewish Quarter is worth a walk around, particularly the Casa De Los Tiros.

There is an attractive ‘renaissance’ Cathedral built by Diego De Siloe, with façade designs by Alonso Cano, the Royal Chapel at the Cathedral houses the bodies of the Catholic leaders Ferdinand and Isabella who captured Granada in 1492, making them the self proclaimed monarchs of the region. The Charterhouse is seen as the defining monument of Spanish Baroque design.

The sacristy alone took fifty years to design and build, miss this sight at your own peril! There is an area on the far side of the Sierra Nevada mountains which has hundreds of villagers with magnificent slate and clay roofs, this area is known as ‘La Alpujarra’ and runs all the way down to the coast. I don’t need to tell you that the most common site for tourists to visit is the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Whilst this area is usually busy, full of skiers and mountaineers, it is still one of the most picturesque areas of Spain. Montefrio is a small town that has a ruined Arab castle that is a great sight for any kind of holiday maker.

Alhambra and Antequeruela
Included in Unesco’s World Heritage Sites, the Mauritanian medieval fort of Alhambra is unquestionably Granada’s fanciest attraction. Flocks of tourists come here to take an up-close look at the magnificent arabesques of the Red Castle and its superb gardens. The 14th-century royal palace of the Sultan of Granada was later complemented by Palacio de Carlos and a few other structures. Take a whole day to admire the curved details and relax in the fascinating gardens.

West of Alhambra spreads the area of Antequeruela, first established by refuges from the city of Antequera. Stroll around picturesque alleys to see the “carmenes”, low whitewashed houses in Moorish architecture, many of which feature charming walled gardens. Casa de Manuel de Falla is an excellent sample of this style and is open to the public, since it today serves as museum dedicated to the famous composer.

Albaicin
More like an open air museum of “carmenes”, the area of Albaicin is located on the northern side of Alhambra. Walk down scenic cobblestoned streets to reach Plaza de Salvador, where you can see the 16th-century church of Colegiata de Salvador. Walk up Callejon de San Cecilio to access Mirador (view point) San Nicolas, which offers a bird’s eye view of Alhambra and the rest of the city.

Albaicin also houses Mezquita Mayor de Granada, Granada’s new mosque. For a taste of the city’s Islamic past, look for Alminar de San José, an 11-th century minaret on San Jose Street. Sadly the rest of the mosque is long gone. For tasteful North African souvenirs, from hookahs to traditional Moroccan slippers, pass by Calle Calderería Nueva.

Centre of Granada
North of Antequeruela and East of Albaicin, you will find the centre of Granada. Close to the intersection of Calle Grand Via de Colon and Calle Reyes Catolicos, stands Granada’s 17th-century cathedral. An imposing structure, the cathedral features a fusion of different architectural styles, combining a gothic roof, baroque exterior and Renaissance interiors. Adjoined to the cathedral, you will find anterior Capilla Real, the Royal Chapel, which houses the tombs of the Catholic Royal Family of the 15th century.

Dating back to 18th century, Basilica de San Juan de Dios is housed in a captivating baroque structure. However, the interior is what makes this church so special. Hosting the remains of San Juan de Dios, the walls of the basilica are covered in gold leaves to honour the saint, presenting a dazzling sight for visitors.

At the northern edge of city centre stands the Monasterio de San Jeronimo. Surrounded by lush greenery, the monastery dates back to 16th century and is one of Granada’s most astonishing catholic buildings. The church’s impressive altar is covered in religious images from top to bottom. The monastery also houses the tomb of Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba, a General of the Catholic Monarchs. The nuns sell delicious almond cookies to hungry visitors.

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