Granada Holidays

A tasty Spanish escape

A real treat in the south of Spain, it seems fitting that Granada is named after a mouth-watering fruit – the pomegranate. Images of the ruby red fruit decorate everything from the city’s architecture and ceramics to the signage, while real-life versions fall to the ground on its charming tree-lined streets. As one of the final outposts of the Moorish occupation in Spain, Granada city breaks offer a chance to explore two different cultures and religions.

While the Catholic monarchs did their best to counter much of the city’s Arabic legacy – meaning there is no shortage of gorgeous churches and monasteries – strong Islamic influences can still be found. Most well-known is the Alhambra, a Unesco World Heritage Site and former Islamic palace and fortress. Renowned for its beautiful architecture and majestic buildings, it rightly ranks as one of Spain’s top attractions. Though steeped in history, Granada is also an upbeat university town, which creates a fresh, energetic vibe.

The free and top-quality tapas offered at many bars are legendarily generous, meaning that city breaks to Granada will suit food lovers for the same reason the town is so popular with the local students. Whether you tapas-safari your way round the compact, easy-to-explore city centre, or spend time discovering the hidden caves of Albaicin, a Granada city break is sure to leave you hungry for more.

All resorts in Granada

Three tips for a top trip

Explore on foot
In the small city centre most visitors find it easiest, fastest and definitely most fun to navigate the dinky side streets and tapas bars on foot.
Get the best tapas
In Granada, patience is a virtue – the more drinks you order, the more generous the tapas portions. Pick bars with more napkins on the floor – it reflects the venue’s popularity.
Head into nature
Granada offers the chance to twin active pursuits with a splash of culture – an hour outside the city in one direction are the mountains, an hour the other way is the beach.

Best attractions to see in Granada

The Alhambra

With perfectly preserved Islamic architecture and glorious city views, this former palace and fortress is once-in-a-lifetime spectacular. It’s popular, so book your tickets in advance.

Granada Cathedral

The Spanish Renaissance architecture of Granada Cathedral, the world’s fourth largest, took over 180 years to complete. Its domed, decorated interior is sure to leave you speechless.

The best dance moves

Perched on a hill overlooking the Alhambra, the winding streets of formerly Arabic neighbourhood Albaicin are the place to throw some shapes at a toe-tapping flamenco bar.

Your Granada questions, answered

Granada is especially radiant in the springtime, when incense hangs heavy in the air during Easter processions. A few weeks later in May, during Las Cruces de Mayo, the streets come alive with marching bands.

The city lives in its streets, but that doesn't mean a rainy day is a lost one. Visit a hammam to enjoy a dose of Moorish culture through a calming spa experience.

The best time to visit Granada is spring and autumn. In spring, temperatures can reach up to 25℃, particularly towards the end of the season. Winds are common during this time and visitors should expect occasional rainfall. Spring also sees several events, including the International Festival of Music and Dance and Cruces de Mayo. In autumn, temperatures often reach highs of 29℃ in the day with lows of 10℃. Much like in spring, wind and rain should also be prepared for.

A long weekend is fantastic, but there’s plenty in Granada to justify a longer break, too. And if you have the time, consider adding on a tour of the enchanting Andalusian region.

Granada is famous for its rich Moorish history as well as its many ancient landmarks. You can expect plenty of Medieval architecture throughout the city. Granada is also well known for its tapas. The city has countless tapas bars; many offer a free tapas dish whenever drinks are ordered. The region also has the Sierra Nevada National Park, ideal for hiking and with some of the most impressive views in Spain.

If you want to be close to the action, downtown Granada has several important landmarks, as well as popular bars and family-friendly restaurants. Albaicin is Granada’s oldest neighbourhood with a relaxed atmosphere as well as impressive Moorish architecture. Beiro, a popular spot for younger tourists, is close to the city’s lively nightlife and also conveniently close to the city’s main train and bus stations.

The city of Granada and its surrounding region are well known for their foods. Trevelez ham is cured in the village of Trevelez up in the Sierra Nevada. Sacromonte omelette, a twist on the traditional Spanish omelette, is also popular. Eaten as part of the city's San Anton celebrations, Olla de San Anton is a traditional bean and meat stew. Cakes and pastries are also regularly enjoyed in Granada, with desserts such as soplillos, Torta Real de Motril and Pestinos de La Alpujarra sold in most bakeries.

Sierra Nevada is a mountain range and a national park 90 minutes drive from Granada. If you plan to travel to Sierra Nevada, there are some options, including car hire or taxi. There are also several direct buses running to Sierra Nevada from the Granada Bus Station. Buses between the two destinations are affordable and run regularly.

Hiring a car in Granada can make exploring its many cultural and historical sites easier, though getting around on foot and public transport isn’t too difficult either. The city has several vehicle rentals, while the Federico Garcia Lorca Granada Airport also has car-hire options. If you plan on exploring further than the city, such as the Sierra Nevada National Park, hiring a car can be a good idea.