How to visit Granada in 2 or 3 days? What are the must-sees not to be missed? How to prepare your visits to avoid unpleasant surprises on site? In this blog post, we will give our tips for visiting Granada, as well as the best things to do in Granda and the nice places to eat where to eat. Let’s go!
- Best things to do in Granada in 2 or 3 days 🤩
- Visiting Alhambra 🌟
- Flamenco show 💃
- Granada City Pass 🎟
- Best areas 📍
- How to visit Granada on foot? 🚶♀️
- Nice places to eat in Granada 😋
- How to get to Granada from Seville? 🚆
- What to see in the surroundings? 🇪🇸
How long to visit Granada? You can visit Granada in 2 days, especially if you take a trip to Andalusia that includes several cities (see the article: 7-day itinerary in Andalusia). However, if you come to Granada only, not to run, 3 days is perfect.
1. Best things to do in Granada in 2 or 3 days
Our TOP 7 things to do and see in Granada in 2 or 3 days:
- Visiting the Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces in Granada (skip-the-line tickets here)
- Visiting the Cathedral of the Incarnation of Granada and the Royal Chapel
- Strolling through the historic center of Granada on foot
- Taking a moment of relaxation in the Hammam Al Ándalus
- Discovering Sacromonte: visit the caves and Sacromonte Abbey
- Seeing a Flamenco show
- Discovering the Alcaiceria market
Arab baths. Granada is known for its Arab baths. Allow 1h30 to discover the Arab baths of Grande: book tickets for the Hammam Al Andalus. A very pleasant moment in perspective! On site, in order to enjoy the atmosphere of the place, you can also treat yourself to a massage with essential oils.
2. Tips for visiting the Alhambra in Granada
What is the Alhambra in Granada? It is a set of palaces and major monuments of Islamic architecture. In summary, we can say that there is the Alcazaba Fortress, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife (or the summer palace). Thus, tickets for the interior of the Nasrid Palace can be purchased separately from Generalife, and the Alcazaba Fortress. The Alcazaba Fortress is the base, but the Nasrid Palaces are definitely worth a visit, as well as the Generalife Gardens.
- Skip-the-line tickets for the Alhambra (self-guided visit without the Nasrid Palace): in the middle of the tourist season, skip-the-line tickets are a great idea to save you time.
- Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tickets with Nasrid Palace: These tickets include the Nasrid Palace. These are the recommended tickets, if you wish to make a free visit.
- Guided tour Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces + Generalife: this is a private guided tour in French. The visit lasts 3 hours.
How long to visit the Alhambra in Granada? Half a day or 3 hours, if you want to visit the Alhambra in Granada on a guided tour. On the other hand, if you make a free visit, then add another 1h30 – 2 hours.
Find out more information in our blog post: Tips for visiting the Alhambra.
3. Seeing a Flamenco show
What to do in Granada? See a Flamenco show, of course! Flamenco is an Andalusian dance derived from popular folklore and born from various cultures. Granada is an ideal place to discover Flamenco! Several venues offer Flamenco shows in Granada. Here are some examples:
Flamenco in La Alborea. Located in the heart of the historic center of Granada, just 3 minutes walk from the Cathedral of the Incarnation, this theater is a very good place to discover Flamenco in Granada: book tickets for the Flamenco show in La Alboreá. After the show, we can continue the visit of Granada on foot.
Flamenco at the Jardines de Zoraya. A little further from the city center, but not far from Mirador de San Nicolás (panoramic viewpoint over Granada, we talk about it below), this theater offers outdoor Flamenco shows. You can even accompany the show with a meal, but this is not necessarily the best solution, because the show lasts an hour. Photos, tickets, practical information here: Flamenco show at Jardines de Zoraya.
4. Visit Granada with a City Pass
Why take a City Pass in Granada? At least two advantages.
Advantage 1. As elsewhere in Spain, during the high tourist season, if you do not take the tickets in advance, there is a long wait at the entrance. Sometimes even skip-the-line tickets are no longer available at the last moment. In these cases, the City Pass can be really very useful, as it will give access to the places even if there are no longer any skip-the-line tickets on sale.
Advantage 2. In addition, the City Pass is interesting if you want to visit several places or do several activities in Granada.
3-in-1 pass. For example, this Alhambra Pass, which includes skip-the-line tickets for the Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces, a walking tour of Granada with an audio guide and tickets for a Flamenco show.
5. Best areas for visiting Granada in 2 or 3 days
Best areas for visiting Granada:
- Albaicín: cobbled streets, small squares, superb view of the Alhambra
- Realejo San Mathias: on the other side of the Dorro River, near the Alhambra
- Centro Sagrario: central district where the Cathedral of the Incarnation of Granada is located
To avoid. Sacromonte is an interesting district to visit to discover a nice view of the city or to visit the Sacromonte Abbey, but not necessarily the most practical district for visits. Read more in the article: Where to stay in Granada?
Granada for a couple. Located in the Realejo San stay district, not far from the Alhambra of Granada, in a 17th century building, the Gar Anat Hotel Boutique offers spacious double rooms, some with a large bathtub. The hotel is particularly charming and perfect for a romantic stay in Granada.
Granada with family. Located in a typical 18th century house, the Anacapri hotel offers triple or quadruple rooms for a successful family stay in Granada! This is a very good place to sleep in Granada.
6. How to visit Granada on foot?
Among the most beautiful areas to visit in Granada on foot are the Albaicín district and the Sacromonte district: the Albaicín district for its small streets and the Sacromonte district for its views of Granada and the Alhambra! Which streets and points to visit to visit Granada on foot?
- Taking a trip to the Alcaiceria market, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral of Granada
- Driving along Carrer del Darro, which follows the Darro River
- Climbing from Carrer del Darro to Mirador de San Nicolás (Sacromonte) to admire a very nice view of Granada
- Discovering Mirador Morente (another breathtaking view of Granada)
Segway tour. If you want to visit Granada in 2 days and are short on time, a segway guided tour is a good solution to discover the city differently and, in addition, in the company of a guide: book a guided tour in Granada.
7. Nice restaurants where to eat in Granada
Here are some good places to eat in Granada with family or lovers. Click on the name to open in Google Maps).
El Mercader (C. Imprenta, 2): located in the center of Granada, this is a very good place for lunch or dinner: very good meat or fish dishes. Pay attention to the opening hours: open from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 8 p.m. to midnight.
El Claustro (C. Gran Vía de Colón): it is a Spanish cuisine restaurant that offers refined and delicious dishes in a pretty setting (magnificent terrace in an interior!). A very good place to eat in Granada!
Om Kalsum (C. Jardines, 17): located in the city center, Om Kalsum is a tapas bar with unbeatable prices.
8. How to visit Granada from Seville?
Granada is located 250 km from Seville. In order to visit Granada from Seville, you can rent a car (around 2h50), or take a bus or a train that connects the two cities. Find out all about Seville in this blog post: What to do in Seville.
Go to Granada from Seville by bus. This is the most practical solution. Allow 3 hours by bus to reach Granada from Seville.
Go to Granada from Seville by train. There is no direct train between Seville and Granada. It will therefore be necessary to change trains, it is not the most practical. Allow between 2 and 3 hours by train to reach Granada from Seville.
Route idea! Some trains pass through Cordoba, another interesting place to discover in Andalusia! For example, you can leave Granada, go to Cordoba, spend a day there, then leave for Seville. More info in: Visit Andalusia in 7 days.
9. What to visit around?
In Andalusia, in addition to Granada, several places are well worth visiting. For example, here are the most essential:
- Cordoba (find out more in the article: how to visit Cordoba in 1, 2 or 3 days)
- Jaén, its castle and nearby towns such as Baeze and Úbeda
- Malaga (read our blog post about Malaga)
- El Caminito del Rey hiking trail (60km from Malaga): 5h tour with an English-speaking guide from Malaga
- And many more! It is possible to organize a road trip in Andalusia to discover all these places, or to take a train trip, it is also quite possible.
Granada is one of the Andalusian cities to discover absolutely in Spain! In 2 days and one night, you can have time to visit Granada, but it will be necessary to prepare well in advance and take skip-the-line tickets so as not to waste time. However, it is in 3 days that we will have more time to visit Granada and enjoy it a little more quietly, without rushing.