Travels

1. Alhambra

This UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site residence of the Moorish rulers of the Nasrid Dynasty for 250 years, from the 13th to the 15th centuries.

You should book tickets online if you can a month in advance. If not you will have to queue an hour before opening (8am) to get a ticket You are allocated a time to go inside Nasrid Palaces get in the queue for the palace 20mins before the time stated 14.00€ per adult.

Note that the palaces are located about half an hour's walk from the Alhambra ticket office, so you need to arrive earlier than the time on your ticket. Be aware that if you miss your time slot, you will be denied entry. Keep hold of your ticket at all times, as you may need to show it several times during your visit. To visit everything at a leisurely pace will require about 4 hours and is a 3km walk it’s a tad hilly too so wear comfortable shoes.

GENERALIFE was my favourite as the gardens were in full bloom and less crowded. Last entry for the Nasrid Palaces is one hour before the closing time of the monument, and it takes at least 30 minutes, so you should visit the Generalife and Alcazaba first.

Morning session: 8:30 to 14:00 hrs
Afternoon session: 14:00 to 20:00 hrs
Night session: (Tue to Sat) 22.00 to 23.30 hrs

GETTING TO THE ALHAMBRA
Jump on the C3 or C4 bus which runs regularly from the centre (Plaza Isabel Catholica) and stops at the ticket office. Fare is 1.20€, which you pay to the driver.

Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra
Alhambra

2. Albaicín: The Old Arab Town

We didn't go here as its quite far to walk and very hilly in Granada. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An Arab quarter is nestled into the slopes of Sacromonte. Little lanes and whitewashed houses with Moorish influence. The best view of the walls is from the Cuesta de la Alhacaba near the 19th C Puerta de Elvira

3 & 4. Capilla Real & Catedral Santa María de la Encarnacion

Built in 1506 Gothic style. (Royal Chapel), royal tombs. 47 meter Catedral Santa María de la Encarnacion but has a separate entrance.

The cathedral was built by Queen Isabella as a monument to the victory of Christian Spain over the Moors. It stands on the site of a former mosque.

Address: 5 Gran Via de Colon, Granada
4 euros
Mon - Sat: 10:45-13:30, 16:00-20:00 h
Sundays and Holidays: 16:00-20:00 h
By Bus: You can reach the Cathedral of Granada using Granada city buses, route called LAC. The bus stop is 'Gran Via 1'.

Capilla Real
Capilla Real
Capilla Real

5. The Gypsy Quarter of Sacromonte

We attempted to walk up to The Sacromonte but the hill was so very steep I gave up. My husband carried on and took photos at the top, it didn't really seem worth walking all that way to be honest. He didn't see any caves, perhaps he was in the wrong place.

It is famous for the gypsy caves. The Gypsies (Gitanos) have had a presence in Granada since 1532 and settled in the caves of Sacromonte in the 18th century. The caves in the upper area of the Camino del Sacromonte are in the best condition.

Bus: You can reach Sacromonte by bus number C2.

Sacromonte
Sacromonte

6. La Alcaiceria (Arab Spice Market)

This is a narrow lane which is like an old Moorish market that existed here before the fire in 1843. Close to the cathedral. Good place to buy souveneers!

Address: Calle de la Alcaicería, Granada

Arab Spice Market
Arab Spice Market

7. Hammam Al Andalus

Authentic Arab Baths at the foot of the Alhambra, 3 bathing pools: cold water, warm water, and hot. We visited these baths after a long day around the Alhambra in the cold and rain. It was exactly what we needed. Very Moorish in character. They have hot Moroccan tea and cold water in the baths themselves. We booked a massage for 15mins too. It was a really nice and relaxing experience. You can stay for around 2hours before the bell rings and you have to get out but to be honest you dont need that long.

I would advise booking a few hours in advance if you can.

Address: 16 Calle Santa Ana, Granada
Daytime sessions: 10am-12pm- 2pm-4pm
Evening sessions: 6pm-8pm- 10pm-12am.

arab baths
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