Granada (Spain): what to see in the city of the Alhambra


What to see in Granada, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, from the Alhambra to the Albaicin to get to the cathedral and science park.

Tourist information

City of Andalusia, Granada is famous above all for its beautiful palace-fortress, the Alhambra, which is the largest medieval Islamic palace in the world, and for the historic center characterized by narrow streets.

What see

Albaicin: is the neighborhood located on the hill in front of the Alhambra, a labyrinth of narrow winding streets, characterized by picturesque squares, large houses with fenced gardens, ancient churches, many of which previously were mosques, walls, medieval arches and fabulous panoramas , especially looking at the suggestive scenery of the complex from the Mirador San Nicolás.

Alhambra: it is considered the most representative building of Moorish architecture in Spain. The Arabic name, which has the meaning of red, derives from the color of the bricks that form the external walls.

The construction that began in 1238 at the behest of Ibn Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty, was to be a palace and fortress at the same time.

It was subsequently reworked several times by the founder's successors until its completion in 1358.

Visitors can explore the citadel, Alcazaba, which is the oldest part of the complex, the Alhambra Palace, containing the Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions), an alabaster basin supported by twelve white marble lions.

The Generalife gardens, dotted with pools and fountains, are located on the nearby hill and were built in the 14th century.

Royal chapel: was commissioned by the Christian conquerors of Granada, Ferdinand and Isabella, as their burial place, completed in 1521, it is a Gothic building adjacent to the cathedral, also in Gothic and Renaissance style together.

Huerta de San Vicente: summer house of the writer Federico Garcia Lorca, Huerta de San Vicente is perfectly preserved and it contains documentation on the life of Lorca.

La Cartuja monastery: in the sacristy and in the church of this monastery beautiful examples of sculptures dating back to the late Spanish Baroque period are visible, characterized by a very elaborate and colorful style.

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San Jerónimo monastery: to visit in particular the 16th century church where the splendor of the colored sculptures present stands out.

Science park it is the most visited outdoor museum in Granada, interactive and fun, in the Eureka Hall visitors can play with a gyroscope or observe the sky from the epic Planetarium.

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