Holidays in
Granada

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.

Three tips for a top trip

Explore on footIn 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 tapasIn 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 natureGranada 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.

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.