When you travel to Granada, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Granada, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Granada to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Granada things to do can include exploring Granada attractions and visiting the places of interest.
Granada has a wide range of tourist attractions. It has beautiful monuments dating back to the 19th century, along with many Renaissance and Baroque buildings. One of Spain’s frequently visited monument known as the Alhambra or ‘the palace city’ is in Granada. The palace city consists of the Alcazaba, a citadel, and various other parts. One would also be interested in the palace and gardens of the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. The Alhambra is a walled city. The Nasrid sultans, their senior officials, elite soldiers and even servants of the court resided here a long time back. A congregation of objects from the location of the monument and the Museum of Fine Arts can be found in the Museum of the Alhambra. Another beautiful place to visit in Granada is the Generalife which is a garden attached to the Alhambra. Once a place of relaxation for the Muslim kings, it is now one of the biggest tourist attractions of Granada.
One must visit the Cathedral which is built in the centre of the city, over the Great Nasrid Mosque of Granada. It includes skilful architecture with semi-circular arches and long aisles. The place is lighted up by the glass windows of the upper part. The side chapels, show-case magnificent works of art. Praying statues of Catholic Monarchs can be found in the Main Chapel. The Royal Chapel ranks among the other important Granadan buildings
There are many fun-filled places in Granada ideal to watch children play or simply play along with them. The Granada Water Park, Aquaola is only 10 minutes away from the city of Granada.
Children can enjoy a good time with loads of adventure and fun activities. There are various activities during summer when parents can sit back and relax. It has ball ponds, bowling, skating rinks and stimulator games. Children have numerous options for fun such as a variety of workshops, mini roller coasters, karts, sports machines etc.
Granada provides cultural information, cinema, flamenco, music andentertainment. Festivals of Granada are very popular. There are various national festivals, religious festivals and cultural festivals held here. San Cecilio is a day of festivities which is devoted to the Patron Saint of Granada. Granada has numerous caves and tablaos where one can enjoy an authentic flamenco which consists of singing, playing and dancing. Thus, if one wants to enjoy an evening of merriment one should visit a flamenco show. Some places where flamenco shows take place are Ventadel Gallo, Jardines de Zoraya and many more.
Since Granada is a relatively small place, the various monuments, gardens and museums already mentioned above, act as helpful landmarks. These include the Cathedral which is the most important Renaissance building of Spain, La Lonja which is a market building near the Cathedral, San Jeronimo, a splendid temple and some other.
On a visit to Granada one must have a first-hand experience of the city’s famous flea markets. The Alcaiceria market is a silk market, a place where the richest goods were bought and sold. In the present time the market has many small stores that sell souvenirs and other inexpensive goods, an ideal place for bargaining. This market located in the Cathedral has some of the best goods from all over the world. Mercadillo Dominical is a flea market in the western part of Granada. One can buy nice shoes and clothes, old furniture, electronics, and paintings at a fair price.
To buy second-hand shoes and bags at a reasonable price one must visit the Almanjayar street market. It also sells seasonal fruits, flowers and fresh vegetables. The Plaza Larga market is good for flowers and fruits. La Chana which is open on Sunday mornings sell clothes as well as fruits and flowers. The Zaidin market is open is open on Saturday mornings.All these markets are very busy during the ‘sale periods’.
Granada is a place with good restaurants serving delicious food.Restaurant Paco Martin is famous for its beautiful resentation of traditional Andalusian cuisine. Oliver restaurant has various fish dishes and superb desserts. There are various other restaurants serving good food such as El Aji, Nuevo restaurant, restaurant Los Manueles and many more.
The dishes of Granada have been influenced by various different cuisines from Arabia, east to Mediterranean and west to the Atlantic.Anise and cinnamon are used to flavour pastries and desserts which show the influence of Arab taste. Granadians have access to a variety of seafood. The iconic dish of Spain, Paella, is made from shellfish and spicy chorizo sausages. The city’s bars feature hearty sausages, ham and cheeses from the mountains. There are tea stalls and kebab stands attached to these bars. Some other dishes of Granada are Plato alpujarreno, Patatasa lopobreand Olla de San Anton.