Postcards from Spain: 24 hours in Granada

Postcards from Spain: 24 hours in Granada

First stop – Granada!

After landing on Malaga airport, our journey started next morning on the road with the Fiat 500. The road trip that is going to take us along the Spanish coast line was off to a great start.

Granada – a hot tourist destination?

If I could only describe Granada in one word, I’d say it’s ‘hot’!

Known for its dry climate that in the summertime reaches up to 40 degrees, Granada’s weather did not disappoint. We were welcomed by lovely 45°C which made us appreciate the shade in Generalife Gardens even more. All jokes aside, my first impression was really positive! Granada has a lot to offer to anyone who enjoys delicious food, picturesque side streets and grand monuments that are truly impressive.

What to see and do in 24 hours?

  1. the Cathedral

    It is located right in the city centre and it is considered to be the first Renaissance church in Spain.  It was built by Queen Isabella right after the conquest of Granada.

  2. the Alhambra

    Located on a rocky hill on the banks of river Darrp. The Alhambra is one of the most visited monuments in Spain and well worth visiting. It is known as the ‘Palace city’. There you can visit Nasrid Palaces Alhambra, Carlos V Palace, Medina, Generalife Garden. Make sure to purchase tickets online, as it can get hard to get tickets to visit the Nasrid Palace, which is known as the most beautiful part of Alhambra.

  3. City centre

    The historical town of Granada has six main districts: The Realejo, The CartujaBib-RamblaSacromonteAlbaicin and Zaidin. Depending on how much time you’ve got on your hands, I’d suggest simply wandering around and getting lost in the city. There are many beautiful historical sights scattered throughout Granada that makes walking around very appealing.

How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!
– Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to Granada, Spain!

The cathedral of Granada was built over the Nasrid Great Mosque of Granada.



Alhambra is enormous – it takes a lot of time to visit every part. Beware of the ticket lines and if possible, book in advance!

Stunning views of the city.

The Medina.

“Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century.”

The Palace was strategically located on the hill to give a view of the whole expanse of the city of Granada.

Generalife gardens in Alhambra.

Nasrid’s Palace in Alhambra – UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

Most of the buildings on the Alhambra were whitewashed, but today, after years of being baked in the sun, they appear reddish.

“For 800 years the city of Granada belonged to Arabs and was part of Muslim Kingdom. Its rich history is the reason Granada today represents one of unique city destinations in this part of Europe.”

“The decoration consists for the upper part of the walls, as a rule, of Arabic inscriptions -mostly poems by Ibn Zamrak and others praising the palace- that are manipulated into geometrical patterns with a vegetal background set onto an Arabesque setting.”

“Generalife – place of recreation for the Granada Muslim kings.”

Where to eat? – El Pescaito de Carmela

Stopped by for a quick lunch break on our way to Alhambra, and returned for dinner. Delicious food, genuinely nice staff.
Amazing sea food!

Where to sleep? – Apartamentos Real Suites Granada

We stayed in the apartment in the city centre area. I’d strongly suggest this one, as it was really spacious and modern. An easy walk from the apartment you will find the famous Cathedral and lots of shops and tapas bars, therefore it makes up for an amazing starting point to explore the city.

In the end, Granada is a city that’s well worth your time – affordable, great architecture, amazing foods and rich history.

What else could you ask for? But I do think I might have to return one day, as there are many things we did not see and do because of the unbearably hot weather.

I will share more posts from the road trip in Spain in the next weeks.
If you can’t wait that long, I invite you to browse through some of my previous travels.
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31 Comments

    • 31/07/2017 / 10:47

      Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of travelling around Andalusia.
      Have an amazing week and don’t forget to come back as I will be posting many more posts from Spain! 🙂

  1. Jasmin N
    31/07/2017 / 12:37

    Omfg that place looks amazing! I need to add this to my travel bucket list 🙂 would be fantastic to visit there!

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:03

      It is amazing! The cities in Andalusia are stunning! People over there suggested we visit Cordoba, which unfortunately we did not have time to do, so I might have to return sooner or later! 🙂

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:03

      It sure can! I will share more memories from Andalusia in the next weeks. 🙂

  2. 31/07/2017 / 13:27

    All the images are absolutely beautiful! These were the best insights of this beautiful place. Spain has always been on my list of most desired places to visit.

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:05

      I take all my photos with my phone camera, so thank you! Spain is amazing, I love their architecture and food and people.. but have realized their beaches are not my favourite – too crowded!
      but as far as city escape go, Spain is definitely one of the best destinations!

  3. 31/07/2017 / 14:39

    Hi, what a great snap shot of where to visit in Granada. The photos are lovely this is on my wish list of places to visit.

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:05

      Thank you! Have a lovely day! 🙂

  4. 31/07/2017 / 16:08

    Granada looks beautiful, I love the architecture. The Arabic influence really comes through in some of the buildings

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:05

      It really does and it’s amazing! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it!

  5. 31/07/2017 / 18:58

    Your blog is amazing 🙂 I love the hige photos you are posting. I have always wanted to go to visit Alhambra but somehow happened I did not…

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:06

      Thank you so much! Alhambra was gorgeous! So stunning, we kind of forgot it was melting hot outside! 🙂

  6. 31/07/2017 / 20:52

    Beautiful pics! I love everything about Spain…Food, weather, people…Everything! 🙂

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:07

      …and I must agree with you! 🙂

  7. 31/07/2017 / 20:59

    Well those photos have made me want a holiday…now!! Looks beautiful, will add to my bucket list as totally missed this place when I traveled Spain many years ago!

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:07

      Thanks! I strongly suggest you return and visit Andalusia:)

  8. 31/07/2017 / 21:10

    Wow these are some great pictures, looks like a blast!

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:07

      Thanks, Jess! It sure was!

  9. 31/07/2017 / 21:17

    Oh my foodnsss! I need to go there!

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:08

      You do, you dooo! 🙂

  10. 31/07/2017 / 23:45

    This city is so beautiful! Love you photos! Thanks for sharing your guide!

    • 01/08/2017 / 15:08

      Thank you for the compliment as I always take my photos with a phone camera!

  11. Kerri
    01/08/2017 / 14:52

    Nice post and your pictures are absoloutely stunning! X

  12. health tips
    01/08/2017 / 18:03

    wow great article..i love this pictures

  13. 02/08/2017 / 11:29

    This is such a beautiful place. Adding it to my list.

  14. 03/08/2017 / 23:17

    Lovely post. I’ve never been to this part of the world. It is worth visiting from what I’ve read today, thanks. Lovely pictures as well.

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