One of the wonders of Granada is its sunset. Many of the people who come to visit us are impressed by it. Others even visit us and look for the best places for watching our twilight. Many celebrities point out how beautiful it is after discovering it, and it is always voted as one of the best sunsets in the world in publications and on platforms, such as Niumba, a site for holiday rental bookings run by Trip Advisor. Experts and travellers both agree that we have a one-of-a-kind sunset, but you might wonder “Where can I see the best sunset in Granada?” Follow us and find out.
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Where to watch the sunset in Granada
Mirador de San Nicolás
You can’t talk about twilights in Granada without talking about the Mirador de San Nicolás. Located in the Albaicin, you’ll be able to see the Alhambra with the city of Granada below. What’s more, there tend to be flamenco musicians playing live, which is why you’ll be able to enjoy this spectacle of nature with a truly special soundtrack. Since it’s such a popular place you’ll also have the opportunity to chat with other travellers who come from all over the world.
On the other hand, you’ll find craft stands where you can buy wonderful souvenirs. These artisans belong to associations that aim to preserve the Granada tradition of making jewellery, clothing and accessories.
Finally, there’s also a mosque beside the Mirador de San Nicolás that does its part to create this mysticism that comes over the area when the sun starts to say farewell.
Silla del Moro
If the name Silla del Moro (The Moor’s Chair) sounds inspiring to you, consider that it is also located on the Cerro del Sol (Hill of the Sun). It is just across from the Mirador de San Nicolás, so you’ll see the sunset in Granada from the other side of the monumental complex. The Silla del Moro is a structure that was for protecting the Generalife and the gardens of the Alhambra. In fact, the legend states that the last Nasrid king, Boabdil, took refuge there during one of the revolts that the city went through during his reign. From there, he saw everything that was happening and made decisions about how to quell it. If you really think about it, in a world without cars, without traffic, it is more than likely that the Muslim king would have heard the racket of the revolt. If you consider it, it’s going to be your imagination that takes you back to that moment. You’ll feel the energy of the people and the breath of Boabdil as he watched and thought
Placeta de Liñán
Have you ever been in the Torre de la Vela, the Alhambra’s highest tower? Seeing Granada from up there is impressive. The Placeta de Liñán also gives you the chance to see the sun set over all of Granada. The advantage of it is that it’s free of tourists, which is why, if you’re looking for a quieter and calmer location, it’s one of the best choices. There’s another advantage too: you can see Albaicin life from the inside. You’ll realise that there’s a more communal lifestyle than you’ll find elsewhere.
“Vereda de Enmedio”
The Vereda de Enmedio (The Path in Between) gets its name because it’s a type of crossroads which connects Sacromonte to the Albaicin. From there, you’ll see our marvelous sunset again, tinged with the colours of the Alhambra. There’s the bonus that if later, you want to keep the night going with a great flamenco show, you have Sacromonte’s most famous zambras close at hand: Granada’s flamenco palaces. In them, a musical tradition began which has become a symbol of the Spanish culture and which is the result of the fusion of Arabic, Jewish, Gypsy and Spanish culture.
Puente del Genil
The Genil is one of the two rivers running through Granada Tours. The Genil River Bridge and the Puente Romano (Roman bridge) are right in the heart of the city. Would you have thought that you could enjoy Granada’s twilight from the city centre? Thanks to the river, Granada opens up toward Sierra Nevada. The view is spectacular and, on this occasion, the soundtrack will be flowing water, although it’s quite likely that there will be street musicians livening up the setting of the sun behind the mountains. All of this on a bridge declared in 2007 by Unesco to be a Place of Cultural Interest. Despite having been built toward the end of Al-Andalus, the floodwaters of the river made it necessary to rebuild it in different periods, each one following a different artistic trend.
Carrera del Darro and Paseo de los tristes
Carrera del Darro and Promenade of the Sad Ones are definitely places you must visit if you come to Granada. Although it is a very touristic place, you’ll also find many locals walking around, since it is most beloved parts of the city. In addition to its beauty, from which you can also see the Alhambra, it has a very special atmosphere. The aromas, river and nature of the mountain, the historic buildings and their legends, the colour, the street music, the painters, etc., are factors making this area a true sensory delight. All of this reaches its height at sunset: you’ll feel right at the heart of beauty.
Ancient astronomers believed that the movement of the stars and planets was translated into music. Thus, the universe must have been full of a harmonious sound of unparalleled beauty. Today we know it doesn’t work like this. However, there’s something that hasn’t changed: we still find nature moving. Throughout history, different civilizations and cultures have known how to take advantage of this beauty to complement it and create unique landscapes.
Granada is the perfect example of how the work of nature and the work of humans can combine to create the perfect landscape, on the same level as imagined paradises.