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3 Days in Granada, Spain

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Alhambra, the monumental complex of palace, gardens, and fortress thrills the imaginations of many around the world. It presents the Islamic architecture in Spain, in all its glory. While the complex is an absolute must-see in Granada and is considered a prime attraction, the wonderful city has so much more to offer.

This 3-day itinerary will lead you to the best and most prominent landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and attractions in Granada. From the palaces and gardens of Alhambra to the science museum, Parque de las Ciencias. It will take you through splendid ancient neighborhoods such as Albayzín and winsome squares like Plaza Nueva.

Granada is a gorgeous Andalusian city with exceptional Moorish architecture and it is well worth taking time and discovering all the treasures of this fantastic city.
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The Carmen de los Mártires, a hidden gem near the Alhambra, is a lush garden filled with fountains, ponds, and exotic plants. Its serene beauty and panoramic views of Granada and the Sierra Nevada Mountains make it an enchanting retreat. Ideal for a leisurely stroll or a quiet escape, this garden offers a peaceful haven away from the bustling city.
  P.º de los Mártires, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
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Nestled on a hill overlooking Granada, the Alhambra (The Red One) is a jewel of Moorish architecture. This palace and fortress complex is famed for its intricate Islamic designs, ornate courtyards, and stunning views of the city. A testament to Granada's rich history, visiting the Alhambra is like stepping into a captivating tale of royalty and cultural fusion.
  C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
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The Nasrid Palaces within the Alhambra are the epitome of Moorish craftsmanship. Intricate stucco work, delicate tile mosaics, and tranquil courtyards showcase the beauty of Islamic architecture. The Nasrid Palaces, including the iconic Court of the Lions, transport visitors to a bygone era, providing an immersive experience of Granada's Moorish legacy.
  C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
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Set adjacent to the Alhambra, the Generalife is a majestic summer palace surrounded by lush gardens and fountains. Known for its intimate courtyards and the famous Patio de la Acequia, it reflects the Nasrid dynasty's appreciation for leisure and aesthetics. Generalife offers a serene escape, inviting visitors to wander through its fragrant gardens and revel in the beauty of nature.
  18009 Granada, Spain
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The Paseo de los Tristes, or the "Promenade of the Sad," is anything but melancholic. This picturesque riverside promenade, nestled at the foot of the Alhambra, is lined with charming cafes and offers breathtaking views of the palace. It's a delightful spot to soak in the city's atmosphere, enjoy Andalusian cuisine, and witness the enchanting play of light on the historic Alhambra walls.
  P.º de los Tristes, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Nestled on the hills overlooking Granada, Sacromonte is famed for its cave houses and vibrant flamenco culture. This bohemian neighborhood offers a unique blend of history and artistry. Wander its winding streets, discover intimate flamenco performances, and embrace the Andalusian spirit, making Sacromonte an authentic and culturally rich experience.
  Sacromonte, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Once the bustling Moorish silk market, Alcaicería is now a maze of narrow streets filled with vibrant stalls selling handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs. It's bustling atmosphere and intricate Moorish architecture make it an ideal place to explore, shop for local crafts, and soak in the historical charm of Granada's market district.
  C. Alcaiceria, 1, 3, 18001 Granada, Spain
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The lively Plaza de Bib-Rambla is a central square pulsating with energy. Surrounded by cafes and shops, it's a hub for socializing and enjoying Andalusian delights. Known for its open-air markets, flower stalls, and vibrant street performers, it's the perfect place to savor the lively ambiance of Granada while indulging in local gastronomy.
  Pl. de Bib-Rambla, 18001 Granada, Spain
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The Catedral de Granada, a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, dominates the city's skyline. Inside, marvel at the intricate chapels, ornate altars, and the Royal Chapel. The cathedral houses an impressive collection of religious art, making it a cultural and spiritual gem in the heart of Granada.
  C. Gran Vía de Colón, 5, 18001 Granada, Spain
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Adjacent to the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel is the final resting place of Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. Their ornate tombs and the chapel's Gothic and Plateresque design make it a significant historical site. Visit to witness the royal splendor and pay homage to the monarchs who changed the course of Spanish history.
  Calle Oficios, s/n, 18001 Granada, Spain
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Plaza Nueva is a vibrant square at the foot of the Alhambra, surrounded by historic buildings and lively cafes. The bustling atmosphere, outdoor terraces, and proximity to key attractions make it an ideal starting point for exploring Granada. Relax with a coffee, plan your adventures, and soak in the lively ambiance of this central square.
  Pl. Nueva, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Carrera del Darro, a picturesque riverside street, winds along the Darro River with the Alhambra as its backdrop. Lined with historic houses, charming cafes, and art studios, it's a romantic and photogenic promenade. Stroll along the cobblestone path, enjoy the stunning views, and feel the enchantment of Granada's historic quarter.
  Carrera del Darro, 18010 Granada, Spain
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El Bañuelo, a hidden gem in the Albayzín, is a remarkably preserved Arab bathhouse dating back to the 11th century. Its well-preserved arches, skylights, and intricate tilework offer a glimpse into Moorish bathing rituals. This archaeological treasure allows visitors to step back in time and imagine the rich cultural heritage of medieval Granada.
  Carrera del Darro, 31, 18010 Granada, Spain
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For the most iconic view of the Alhambra, head to Mirador de San Nicolás. This hillside viewpoint in the Albayzín offers a breathtaking panorama of the palace against the Sierra Nevada backdrop. Sunset transforms the scene into a magical play of light. A must-visit for its unrivaled views and quintessential Granada experience.
  Plaza Mirador de San Nicolás, 2, 18010 Granada, Spain
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A labyrinth of narrow alleys and historic houses, the Albayzín is Granada's Moorish quarter. Famed for its white-washed buildings, intimate squares, and the scent of jasmine in the air, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll its cobbled streets, discover hidden tea houses, and absorb the essence of Moorish Granada in every corner.
  Albaicín, Granada, Spain
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The Cartuja Monastery, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, is a serene haven just outside the city center. Its intricate chapels and beautiful cloister showcase Granada's religious heritage. Visit to admire the opulent Sacristy and marvel at the artistry within this tranquil monastery, providing a peaceful retreat from the bustling city.
  P.º de Cartuja, s/n, 18011 Granada, Spain
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The Fuente del Triunfo, or Triumph Fountain, is a majestic symbol of Granada. Located at the entrance of the city, its grandeur and detailed sculptures pay homage to the city's triumphs. Surrounded by gardens and fountains, it's a splendid spot for a leisurely stroll, offering a regal welcome to visitors.
  Av. Divina Pastora, 18012 Granada, Spain
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A hidden gem, the Monasterio de San Jerónimo is a Gothic and Renaissance marvel. Known for its ornate altars and tranquil cloister, it's a testament to Granada's religious history. Visit for a serene escape, exploring the beautiful chapels and gaining insight into the city's spiritual legacy.
  Monasterio de San Jerónimo, 18002 Granada, Spain
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The Basílica de San Juan de Dios is a Baroque masterpiece dedicated to the patron saint of Granada. Its opulent interior, adorned with gold leaf and marble, reflects the city's religious devotion. Witness the splendor of its chapels and marvel at the ornate altar, making it a cultural and spiritual highlight.
  C/ San Juan de Dios, 17, 18001 Granada, Spain
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Parque de las Ciencias is an interactive science park, that engages visitors with exhibitions on astronomy, physics, and technology. It's a family-friendly destination with a planetarium, live experiments, and outdoor exhibits. Educational and entertaining, it's a great place for hands-on learning, making it an ideal visit for curious minds of all ages.
  Av. de la Ciencia, s/n, 18006 Granada, Spain
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House Museum Federico Garcia Lorca


To the poets at heart and anyone who loves poetry, it is recommended to visit the former house, today a museum of one of the greatest Spanish poets and artists - Federico Garcia Lorca.

Address: Calle Poeta Garcia Lorca, 4, 18340 Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Spain.