Located in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, Granada is famous for its rich history, culture, and beauty. Let’s look at a few things that you can do while visiting Granada for just a day or two!
1. The Alhambra
A truly stunning complex, the Alhambra was originally a fortress, which later expanded to include palace buildings, and dates back to the 13th century. It’s a beautiful example of Islamic art that incorporates Spanish influences as well, and is a must-see if you have just one day to visit Granada. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has some of the most beautiful gardens, mosaics, and statues that you’ll ever see—and in fact was a major inspiration to celebrated writer Washington Irving.
2. Sierra Nevada Mountains
Just outside of Granada, you’ll find the amazing Sierra Nevada mountain range, with the highest peaks on the peninsula. If you have a few days in Granada, consider one of the many exciting outdoor activities you can take part in here—hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and much more. Take some time after a long day of exercise to stop in to one of the Sierra Nevada’s many small towns for a nice meal as well.
3. Granada’s Old Town
Also called Albaicín, the Old Town of Granada is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Spain—no trip to Granada is complete without a wander through this town of winding cobblestone streets, colorful houses, and amazing food! Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, some places you can visit in Old Town include the Church of San Juan de los Reyes, the Madrasah of Granada, and the Baths of Alhambra.
Two Nights in Granada
Simply strolling through the streets of Granada, Spain was a true pleasure. I absolutely loved the feel of this beautiful Spanish city, even though my time there was a short, two-night stay. Exploring the shops, the tapas bars, the tea rooms…I could have stayed much longer. The Alhambra is a must-see; it is truly breathtaking and you can spend an entire day, or more, enjoying the history, architecture, culture, and more.
There are many great hostels….cheap, clean and walking distance to everything (I stayed at Granada Inn Backpackers…and it was excellent!). There was a free walking tour that I was really glad I joined in on since I learned so much. Definitely go! I hope to return!
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