You’ve only got a weekend in Granada and you don’t want to miss out on anything important right? You’re looking at tonnes of pages and there are as many options as there are drops of water in the sea. So we’re going to give you our proposal, which is none other than our opinion on what to do during a weekend in Granada by Cicerone, your personal guide in the city of the Alhambra. We’re not the experts on Granada for nothing, the benchmark company in individual tourism, at the forefront of guided tours of the city since 2003.
Weekend in Granada
Day 1 in Granada
To start, on a Friday evening in Granada, a walk through the street known as Calle Caldería, commonly known as the tea shop street, trying some exquisite teas with sweets. With its steep hills and its cobble-stones, it’s a joy to dive into the sea of aromas and flavours surrounding us. Between the sweet smell of the hookahs, the lights of the beautiful and colourful lamps, and the tea essences and sweets, you can spend a pleasant evening in Granada.
Afterwards, a dinner on Calle Elvira or in Plaza Nueva, to finish up the day with the most romantic walk in Europe, Carrera del Darro and the Paseo de los Tristes. Nothing beats the feeling of getting lost amongst all the people moving along the bank of the Darro, with its shops, bars, restaurants, under the watchful eye of the imposing Alhambra. The majestic medieval city looks out from atop the hill on the illuminated Granada night and lets those looking back at it fall in love with it.
Day 2 in Granada
After making initial contact with the city the night before, there’s nothing better than a guided walk through the most important places in Granada. You don’t have much time and you need to take full advantage of it so, after gathering your strength at breakfast, there’s nothing better than heading to Plaza Bibrambla, the square for Granada residents. Here a tour begins that will take you from Islam to Christianity, learning about the historic transformation of the city of Granada, from the centre, to the lower Albaicin, accompanied by one of our professional guides, who will be happy to introduce you to the can’t-miss places that will make up the core of your local experience.
The break for lunch lets you walk down the alleyways of the centre and the Alcaiceria. The many restaurants in the Bib-rambla, Romanilla and even Calle Navas areas give us countless options nearby, and then we can continue on with our afternoon plans.
Just after lunch, a journey back into our past, to the renaissance, the end of the Middle Ages, via the Royal Chapel, tomb of the Catholic Monarchs, and the Cathedral. The symbolism of these impressive buildings will leave you impressed, since Granada was the high point of the Reconquista (reconquest of Granada), the city that capped off an age in the history of Spain. To not miss out on anything, it’s better to be accompanied by our guides, on the guided tour of the Cathedral and the Capilla Real.
At sunset, the magic of Granada comes out to enchant you. The view from its lookout points are famous around the world, and you won’t want to miss out on getting to know the Albaicin and Sacromonte at sunset on our guided tour, and finish it off having a tapa with us.
At night, after a day filled with emotions, we have two suggestions, according to what you prefer and how you’re feeling. You can choose either a flamenco show in Sacromonte, or a relaxing time at an Arabic Hammam, a bathhouse where you’ll get a great massage as well.
Day 3 in Granada
To start our last day in Granada the right way, the icing on the cake. If until now you’ve only headed up to our lookout points, now were going to explore the city in depth, in all its beauty and glory. The magnificent Alhambra and Generalife, which we’ll visit in the morning. If you come as a group of two or three individuals, the best choice would be our semi-private tour of the Alhambra, as a small group of no more than 10, accompanied by the best guides in Granada. If you’re coming as a family or with a group of friends, then the most affordable choice is our private tour of the Alhambra for small groups, with a guide just for you.
Sumptuous palaces and gorgeous gardens are waiting as part of an unforgettable experience that will make the culmination of your visit to Granada truly special. For lunch, right after your tour of the Alhambra, we recommend the Campo del Príncipe, going down among the Alamedas de la Alhambra walking towards the city, and afterwards, down the stairs of the Alhambra Palace, getting down into Realejo, the old Jewish quarter.
Depending on how much time you have before leaving Granada, you can visit Carmen de los Mártires or Palacio de los Olvidados. We’ll leave places as incredible as the Parque de Ciencias, the Monastery of San Jerónimo and the Cartuja for a future trip.
A full weekend, where you’ll get to know the essential about Granada. It will leave an impression on you.