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Amy Alexander, Short Break Specialist

"The medieval Moorish quarter of Granada is well worth visiting with its charming cobble stone streets, whitewashed houses and the Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby rests the 13th century Generalife, a once upon a time rural getaway for the royals of the city, now turned historic site offering gardens, promenades and some great views of the Andalusian countryside."

Granada at a glance

Located between the shores of the Mediterranean and the Andalusian hinterland, Granada sits at the foot of Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range of the Iberian Peninsula. It’s geographical diversity, rich history, and impressive architecture makes the capital of the province a popular short break destination.

With more than 1,000 years of recorded history, Granada is one of Spain's most important cultural and architectural centres. Its Islamic connection is still very much alive and its Moorish architecture, such as the Alhambra Palace, remains a significant part of the city’s history. An impressive range of world-renowned monuments can also be found in the city along with an excellent collection of Spanish-Muslim art.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Historic attractions
  • Stunning architecture
  • Vibrant nightlife

Getting around

It is easy to explore the city of Granada by foot. There is also a local bus network that operates between all the popular sites.


Andalusia is known for its vibrant, friendly nightlife, and the city of Granada is no exception to the rule. Whether you are looking to dance the night away, enjoy a drink outside at one of the many terrace bars, or pull up a bar stool and get comfortable as you listen to live music, there are plenty of clubs, pubs and bars to suit every taste when the sun goes down.

Dining in Granada

Granada’s cuisine is a combination of the Andalusian spectrum with Moorish and Arabian influence. Ingredients are drawn from the diverse landscape of mountains and sea to create fresh, hearty dishes.

Free tapas is served in most bars – a sustaining tradition appreciated by the student-driven night life.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Olla de San Antón – broad beans combined with pig’s ear or head, bacon and blood sausage
  • Papas a lo pobre – fried potatoes with peppers, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil
  • Pastas de Almendra – sweet almond cakes


Skies the limit with shopping at the El Corte Ingles, the major shops here include Mango, Zara, H&M and Espirit. As for traditional handcrafted gifts, the Albayzin offers a range of colourful Moroccan and Indian goods and we also recommend visitors to head to the old silk market near the cathedral for some unique souvenirs.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Granada designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Granada hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 239,017
Languages Castillian
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

With more than 1,000 years of recorded history, Granada is one of Spain's most important cultural and architectural centres.

Distance from airports
Granada-Jaen 15 km
Railway stations

Things to do in Granada

From the world-renowned Alhambra Palace and the historic Moorish Albaicín quarter, to the magnificent 16th century Renaissance cathedral, Granada boasts an impressive range of architectural monuments.

Tours and Excursions

Alhambra and Generalife Gardens

The spectacular Alhambra palace and fortress complex is one of the most visited monuments in Europe. Originally built on the ruins of a Roman fortification, it was expanded and renovated by various dynasties through the centuries and boasts impressive Moorish, Renaissance and Andalusian architecture alongside beautiful gardens. We recommend taking a tour that includes the Generalife Gardens and Nasrid Palace.
The Alhambra is a must-see when visiting Granada, but in order to preserve the monument entrances are limited, so make sure you book early! 

Granada Historic Walking Tour 

Explore the historic districts of Granada with a local guide. Admire the Moorish architecture as you stroll through the old Arab district of Albaicin and take in the amazing views from Mirador de San Nicolas. Continue on to Sacromonte where you will learn about Granada’s gypsy heritage and flamenco culture.

Evening Tapas and Wine Tour 

An introduction to Granada’s gastronomic specialities with a local expert. Stop off at 3 of Granada’s best tapas bars to enjoy a small plate and refreshment! Learn about the city’s history and culture as you enjoy this culinary tour.


We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.